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Network Radio Week 51

Sunday 14 December 2008

BBC RADIO 1 Sunday 14 December 2008
The Surgery With Aled
Sunday 14 December
10.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 1

Aled Haydn-Jones swaps BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show for The Surgery tonight, as he sits in for Kelly Osbourne and tackles the issue of body image. The show investigates everything from people's worries about how they look to obsessions with plastic surgery and body art.


Presenter/Aled Haydn-Jones, Producer/Jocelin Stainer


BBC Radio 1 Publicity


BBC RADIO 2 Sunday 14 December 2008
Elaine Paige On Sunday
Sunday 14 December
1.00-2.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Elaine Paige talks to the cast of smash-hit West End musical La Cage Aux Folles. Sharing their Essential Musicals with Elaine are cast members Nick Cunningham, Paula Wilcox, Tracie Bennett and Douglas Hodge, who also sings a song in the studio.


Presenter/Elaine Paige, Producer/Malcolm Prince


BBC Radio 2 Publicity

Sunday Half Hour – Advent Wreath: God's Love
Sunday 14 December
8.30-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Brian D'Arcy looks at God's love in the context of Christmas preparations, in the third programme in the Advent series.


Hymns include Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, On Jordan's Bank and Hark The Glad Sound. The music was recorded at Armagh Methodist Church by musicians attending the Charles Wood Summer School, directed by Adrian Brunton. The organist is Theo Saunders.


Presenter/Brian D'Arcy, Producer/Janet McLarty


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BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 14 December 2008
Private Passions – Jan Pienkowski
Sunday 14 December
12.00-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Michael Berkeley's guest is Polish-born illustrator Jan Pienkowski, creator with writer Helen Nicoll of the much-loved Meg And Mog series of children's books. Pienkowski's speciality is the creative use of silhouette but he is also known for his pop-up books and, most recently, a charmingly illustrated version of the perennially popular ETA Hoffmann story Nutcracker, with text newly translated from the original German by David Walser.


Pienkowski's musical choices illustrate his own journey from his childhood in wartime Poland, through a brief sojourn in Italy, to England, where he has lived since the age of 10. Three of the pieces he has chosen recall his native country: the Military Polonaise by Chopin, which for him conjures up early memories of the Warsaw Uprising; the Mazurka from Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin; and a Polish choral song about the post-war transformation of Warsaw.


A poignant duet from Verdi's Aida recalls his love of Italy, while the carol Infant Holy, Infant Lowly is sung by the choir of his old Cambridge College, King's. Rachmaninov's Vocalise for Cello and Piano, and The Beatles song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, both have personal resonances for him, while his last choice is a setting of the Magnificat sung by the monks of Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight, where he now regularly goes on retreat.


Presenter/Michael Berkeley, Producer/Wendy Thompson


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Discovering Music – Elliott Carter
Sunday 14 December
5.00-6.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Elliot Carter, who turns 100 on 11 December
Elliot Carter, who turns 100 on
11 December

Elliott Carter celebrated his 100th birthday on 11 December and this week BBC Radio 3 joins the festivities with in-depth interviews on Hear And Now and Discovering Music, which reveal different aspects of his life and work, and a special Performance On 3 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which has had a long relationship with him.


In this programme, Stephen Johnson travels to New York City to talk to the composer about four of his major works: Elegy, Triple Duo, String Quartet No. 5 and Dialogues. Carter delves into the techniques behind his music, together with stories from his life. From the tale of retreating into the Arizona Desert to compose his first quartet to dinners with Varèse, the stories offer listeners a fascinating insight into not only four great American works but also an incredible cultural colossus, a man who has been at the forefront of American contemporary music for over 60 years.


Presenter/Stephen Johnson, Producer/Sam Phillips


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Drama On 3 – Samson Agonistes
Sunday 14 December
8.15-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Iain Glen stars in this rare production of Samson Agonistes
Iain Glen stars in this rare
production of Samson

A rare new production of John Milton's Samson Agonistes, the dramatic poem published in 1671, three years before the poet's death, continues BBC Radio 3's extensive celebration of Milton at 400.


Written in the form of a Greek tragedy, with the Chorus commenting on the action, it follows the Biblical story of the blind Samson wreaking his revenge on the Philistines who have imprisoned him. A powerful subject, with a personal resonance for Milton, who was blind himself when he wrote the piece, it is a perfect work for the medium of radio, where poetry and drama can be balanced equally.


This new production, directed by John Tydeman, features Iain Glen in the title role, with Samantha Bond as Dalila, Philip Madoc as Harapha and Michael Maloney as the Messenger, who bring the script to life with powerful music by Ole Buck.


Director/John Tydeman, Producer/Nicolas Soames


BBC Radio 3 Publicity


BBC RADIO 4 Sunday 14 December 2008
Something Understood – Remembering Merton
Sunday 14 December
6.00-6.35am BBC RADIO 4

To mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, talks to Mike Wooldridge about his own long-standing fascination with this complex and passionate man, who combined a lifelong devotion to the Catholic Church with an increasing openness to the needs of the world and to the wisdom of the East.


A freak accident in a Bangkok hotel room 40 years ago caused the shocking death of one of the most influential spiritual figures of the 20th century, Thomas Merton. Merton was 53 when he died, 27 years to the day after he entered the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. A prolific and highly influential writer, hermit and activist, his works continue to attract a large and devoted following.


The programme raises questions about the influence Merton may have had, in terms of where his spiritual journey may have taken him, had he lived, and explores how grief and loss during his early life affected him in adulthood and how he was transformed from a perhaps wayward and hedonistic youth into one of the towering spiritual figures of his age.


Presenter/Mike Wooldridge, Producer/Eley McAinsh


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

On Your Farm
Sunday 14 December
6.35-7.00am BBC RADIO 4

Caz Graham joins farmer Arnold Lancaster as he prepares to show his flock at the 100th annual Walna Scar Shepherd's Meet.


The event, which traditionally allowed hill farmers a rare chance to meet, socialise and exchange lost sheep, takes place in the village of Tover in Cumbria, and features competitions for best Swaledale and Herdwick sheep, sheep dogs and even shepherd's crooks.


Presenter/Caz Graham, Producer/Steve Peacock


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

A Box Of Wittgensteins
Sunday 14 December
2.45-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Margaret Stonborough, the great-niece of Ludwig Wittgenstein, is in conversation with artist and historian Michael Huey, as she unpacks six boxes of newly inherited family archives and investigates the lives of her talented, but tortured, ancestors.


During the unpacking, the pair find a treasure trove of objects that takes them back to pre-war Vienna: visiting cards left by Brahms, a Wiener Werkstätte coat hook and a carving recovered from the rubble of the Palais Wittgenstein. In addition, there are letters and photographs of Margaret's ancestors and siblings, including Ludwig, the philosopher, and Paul, the celebrated left-handed pianist.


The whole collection is brought to life by Margaret, who remembers her family vividly from childhood summers spent on her grandmother's Austrian estate, and by dramatised extracts from the archives themselves, which conjuring up her famous ancestors.


Presenter/Michael Huey, Producer/Philippa Ritchie


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Coram Boy Ep 1/2
Sunday 14 December
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Marc Warren, Jonathan Slinger and Paul Ready star in this adaptation of Jamila Gavin's award-winning children's novel.


Coram Boy tells the story of two orphans at the Coram Hospital For Deserted Children. The orphans are Toby, saved from an African slave ship, and Aaron, the abandoned son of the heir to a great estate. A story of fathers and sons, set in the dark heart of 18th-century England, Coram Boy is filled with danger and excitement.


Music plays a significant part in the story and is performed throughout the piece by the Coram Boy Choir, Dulwich. Warren stars as Otis, with Slinger as Alexander and Ready as Meshak.


Producer/Celia de Wolff


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

The Railway Children Ep 1/5
Sunday 14 December
7.45-8.00pm BBC RADIO 4

First published in 1906, Edith Nesbit's novel The Railway Children tells the story of the trials and adventures of a middle-class Edwardian family living in the suburbs of London at the turn of the century.


The family consists of three children: 11-year-old Roberta, known as Bobbie, who is the eldest of the three, followed by Peter, who wants to be an engineer when he grows up, and Phyllis, the youngest, who means well. Their mother writes poetry and stories to keep the children amused and their father works for the Foreign Office.


One evening after dinner, there comes a knock at the front door. Although the children cannot hear what is being said, they can hear voices that are raised in anger. When the shouting finally stops, their father leaves the house with two official-looking gentlemen, and their mother looks extremely worried. She tells the children that their father has had to go away on business and that she does not know when he will be coming home again.


As the story unfolds, the children find themselves being caught up in many exciting adventures involving the railway which runs close to their new home. They make new friends at the station and in the nearby village and every morning the children wave at the 9.15 train. They call this train "The Green Dragon", sending their love to their father by it, and make one particular new friend, an old gentleman who is a passenger on the train every day. He turns out to be a rather special old gentleman – he holds the solution to their father's mysterious disappearance and eventual happy reunion with his family.


The reader is Joanna Tope.


Reader/Joanna Tope, Producer/Gaynor MacFarlene


BBC Radio 4 Publicity


BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Sunday 14 December 2008
5 Live Sport
Sunday 14 December
12.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Eleanor Oldroyd presents an afternoon of live football. From 1.30pm there's commentary on Portsmouth v Newcastle from Fratton Park and, at 4pm, coverage of the London derby, Chelsea v West Ham United, live from Stamford Bridge.


There are also reports from the penultimate day's play in the First Test between India and England in Ahmedabad.


Presenter/Eleanor Oldroyd, Producer/tbc


BBC Radio 5 Publicity

Sports Personality Of The Year
Sunday 14 December
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

John Inverdale brings listeners all the winners and excitement from BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2008, live from the Echo Arena, Liverpool.


The show celebrates its 55th anniversary this year, and is still one of the most important fixtures on the sporting calendar. In addition to the top prize, awards presented tonight include: Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, BBC Sports Unsung Hero and Young Sports Personality of the Year.


Boxer Joe Calzaghe knocked out the competition last year to take the top prize, and this year the field promises to be just as tough, following a golden Olympics and triumphs in Formula One and tennis.


Presenter/John Inverdale, Producer/tbc


BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity


BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Sunday 14 December 2008
Test Match Special
Sunday 14 December
3.50-11.30am BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

The Test Match Special commentary team brings listeners uninterrupted commentary on the fourth day's play of the First Test between India and England, live from Ahmedabad.


Producer/Jen McAllister


BBC 5 Live Sports Extra Publicity


BBC 6 MUSIC Sunday 14 December 2008
Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone
Sunday 14 December
5.30-8.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Stuart Maconie introduces a Live Freaks session from Manchester-based trumpeter-composer Matthew Halsall.


Presenter/Stuart Maconie, Producer/Henry Lopez-Real


BBC 6 Music Publicity

Dance Anthems With Dave Pearce
Sunday 14 December
8.00-10.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Dave Pearce unleashes two hours of classic dance anthems from the last 30 years and offers listeners the chance to choose their own anthems, be they classic Chemical Brothers, Housemaster Boyz, KLF, Faithless, New Order or something out there now. Dave also seeks out brand-new UK dance producers in the Bedroom Producers slot and reflects what's happening in clubland with his three floor-fillers of the week in 3 To The Floor.


Presenter/Dave Pearce, Producer/Rowan Collinson


BBC 6 Music Publicity

Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan
Sunday 14 December
12.00-1.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

Bob Dylan takes musical instruments as his theme this week and his choices include songs by Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith and Her Blue Boys, Tom Waits and Stevie Wonder.


Presenter/Bob Dylan, BBC Series Producer/Frank Wilson


BBC 6 Music Publicity


BBC WORLD SERVICE Sunday 14 December 2008
Heart And Soul – Celibacy Ep 2/2
Sunday 14 December
10.30-11.00am BBC WORLD SERVICE

Dennis Sewell investigates celibacy, the religious vow to remain unmarried and abstain from sex, strongly advocated by the apostle Paul.


The priestly vow to remain continent and chaste is not laid down as a Biblical rule or commandment; the earliest Christian leaders were largely married men. Heart And Soul explores how the Church came to outlaw sexual relations for its priests and hears from priests who have sacrificed any chance of a married life.


Dennis interviews priests who have been forced to leave the Church after breaking their vow of chastity, and talks to their children, who often feel tainted by shame.


The programme also examines the argument of some critics that, with the Catholic Church involved in sexual abuse scandals around the world, the continuing demand for celibacy is partly to blame. Finally, Dennis asks whether celibacy is outdated and talks to people on both sides of the debate.


Presenter/Dennis Sewell, Producer/Katy Hickman


BBC World Service Publicity



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