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Monday 29 December 2008


BBC RADIO 2 Monday 29 December 2008
Michael Jackson – 30 At 50
Monday 29 December
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Former record-label mate and musical superstar Lionel Richie celebrates the music of Michael Jackson, who turned 50 earlier this year, and reveals his all-time Top 30 biggest-selling singles in the UK.


BBC Radio 2 also celebrates the 50th birthdays of Madonna and Prince, which listeners can hear later in the week.


Presenter/Lionel Richie, Producer/Gary Bones


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BBC RADIO 3 Monday 29 December 2008
Composer Of The Week – Berlioz Ep 1/5
Monday 29 December to Friday 2 January
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Donald Macleod explores the music of French composer Hector Berlioz in conversation with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in this Composer Of The Week special, recorded at the celebrated conductor's Dorset farm. For Gardiner, Berlioz is perhaps the greatest of French composers, and he speaks with a lifetime's experience of studying and performing his remarkable music.


Today's programme focuses on a single work, the Messe Solennelle, which Berlioz composed at the tender age of 21. Long thought lost – the composer incinerated the parts after only two performances – the score turned up in 1992 in an oak chest in an Antwerp organ loft, where it had lain unnoticed for over a century. It was accidentally discovered by a retired music teacher called Frans Moors, who had been hunting for a copy of Mozart's Coronation Mass. Despite Berlioz's evidently low opinion of it, the Messe Solennelle is a remarkable and still relatively little-known work that bears many hallmarks of the composer's mature style. Indeed, listeners familiar with the rest of his oeuvre will recognise plenty of passages that Berlioz salvaged from this early work and transplanted into later ones.


Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Chris Barstow


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Paradise Lost Ep 8/12
Monday 22 December to Friday 2 January
5.00-5.45pm BBC RADIO 3

Anton Lesser continues to read John Milton's Paradise Lost to mark the 400th anniversary of the writer's birth.


In Book Eight, Adam and Raphael talk further and Adam explains his life in Paradise, his loneliness and, following his discussion with God, the arrival of Eve.


Reader/Anton Lesser, Producer/Nicolas Soames


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New Generation Artists Ep 6/10
Monday 29 December to Friday 2 January
5.45-7.00pm BBC RADIO 3

The BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme exists to provide support to some of the brightest talents in the world of classical music. In the nine years of its existence it has numbered artists such as the Belcea String Quartet, Paul Lewis, Janine Jansen and Alice Coote among its distinguished members.


In the sixth of 10 early-evening programmes over the Christmas period, listeners can hear studio and live concert performances by some of the scheme's current members, including the Aronowitz Ensemble in Mozart's G minor Piano Quartet, Austrian mezzo-soprano Daniela Lehner in Schumann's Frauenlieben und leben, and Swiss trumpeter Giuliano Sommerhalder in a concerto by Vladimir Peskin.


Producer/Lindsay Kemp


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Berlin Philharmonic

Monday 29 December
7.00-8.45pm BBC RADIO 3

Sir Simon Rattle and his great Berliner Philharmoniker made a welcome return to the BBC Proms earlier this year with music inspired by the story of Tristan and Isolde, which listeners have another chance to hear tonight.


The concert opens with the powerful Prelude and Liebestod of Wagner's great opera of love and death, its opening notes fused with the concluding "love-death" of its heroine.


Then pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard and ondes martenot player Tristan Murail join the orchestra for Messiaen's ecstatic Turangalîla Symphony – the central apex of the French composer's Tristan trilogy. It's a work whose rhythmic complexity has been within Rattle's firm grasp for over 20 years. And, as Rattle himself has said: "If rhythm is primarily an expression of the life-force, who better to be our guide than Olivier Messiaen?"


Presenter/Martin Handley, Producer/Olwen Fisher


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Il Tabarro (The Cloak)

Monday 29 December
9.15-10.15pm BBC RADIO 3

As well as being Music Director of the BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda is also the Music Director of the Teatro Reggio di Torino. Indeed, his career has been as much in the opera house as in the concert hall.


BBC Radio 3 gives listeners another chance to hear the concert performance given at this year's Proms of one of Puccini's last works, Il Tabarro (The Cloak), which is the first part of his triptych of operas, Il Trittico. It's familiar Puccini territory – the illicit love affair between Giorgetta and Luigi – which only ends when her husband, Michele, discovers it and kills the young man. The music, however, is less familiar and, like most of Puccini's late operas, shows a more developed harmonic language.


The cast is led by one of Italy's most celebrated sopranos, Barbara Frittoli.


Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/Mike George


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BBC RADIO 4 Monday 29 December 2008
Book Of The Week –
How To Get Things Really Flat
Ep 1/5
Monday 29 December to Friday 2 January
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

Shaun Dooley reads this new instalment of Book Of The Week, written by Andrew Martin.


Novelist Andrew Martin spends all his time at home and one day he has a moral crisis: as he is at home, he could be doing more of the household chores.


Initially, purely on humanitarian grounds, he helps out with the ironing, but then finds himself branching out into specialist domestic chores, such as dusting and bath-cleaning.


In the course of much research, and questioning of his wife, he comes to appreciate the fine detail, the ritual and the displacement opportunities that housework offers him.


Reader/Shaun Dooley, Producer/Duncan Minshull


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Woman's Hour Drama – Seventy Odd Ep 1/5
Monday 29 December to Friday 2 January
10.45-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Trevor Peacock, Geoffrey Beever, Trevor Martin, Margaret Robertson and Thelma Barlow feature in this new Woman's Hour Drama, written by Rachel Joyce.


Frank, Violet, Reginald, Bill and Lois are all over 70 years old. In fact, they like to point out they have a combined age of 377, making them older than the Taj Mahal.


Every year, they take a holiday together. The destination is picked for personal reasons by one of the group and, no matter where it is, no matter how hot, cold, far-flung or politically unstable, our heroes must pack their sunglasses and their medication and journey forth. They've been doing this for 15 years. Whatever their differences, they are ultimately there for one another.


This year's destination has been chosen by Bill and they're off to Damascus – one of the oldest cities in the world. But why is he so interested in an unknown work of art and why is he being so cagey about his reasons?


The five-strong group are Frank, the bank manager; Reginald, a cockney sparrow who's up for everything and always a little short of cash; Bill, the art historian; Lois, the church warden; and Violet, the baby of the group at a mere 71.


Producer/Clive Brill


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Says On The Tin Ep 1/6
Monday 29 December
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Michael Brandon, Samantha Bond and Pippa Haywood star in this new, six-part comedy, written by Christopher William Hill.


When US-based advertising company Parabola Media buys out a smaller UK ad agency, disgraced maverick ad man Eliott Thurber is transferred to the new London office.


The only problem for Thurber, acrimoniously separated from his English ex-wife, Hannah, is that he hates the UK and its residents.


When he arrives, Thurber discovers he is not heading up the London operations and that the head of the company, Esther Finn, has employed his ex-wife, Hannah, in a bid to get rid of him.


Producer/Liz Webb


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Afternoon Play – Road Trip
Monday 29 December
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Nasser wants to make amends with his estranged daughter, Hana, and sets out on a road trip in a bid to recapture a moment of perfect family bliss, in this Afternoon Play offering.


Meanwhile, Hana is fed up with her husband, Zac, and can't wait to get away – dragging her protesting children along on the journey. With her desperate husband in hot pursuit, the family set off on the road trip.


This play, written by Aisha Khan, features Vincent Ebrahim, Yasmin Wilde, Afshan Azad, Adem Kanso and Parvez Quadir.


Producer/Nadia Molinari


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Big Charlie Ep 1/5
Monday 29 December to Friday 2 January
3.30-3.45pm BBC RADIO 4

Big Charlie is the remarkable story of how, in the summer of 1957, the largest elephant in captivity – Big Charlie – was moved from Butlin's Holiday Camp in Ayr, Scotland, to Butlin's in Filey, Yorkshire.


Colonel "Elephant Bill" Williams took on the task after an advertisement in The Times caught his eye in May 1957. Butlin's was offering £1,000 in cash for the immediate safe transport of the largest elephant in captivity from its camp in Ayr to the one in Filey – a distance of 350 miles.


Colonel Williams had earned the sobriquet "Elephant Bill" as a result of his experiences working with elephants in the jungles of Burma. Intrigued by the advertisement, he volunteered his services – as did 3,500 other people – for the task of moving Big Charlie, a five-and-a-half-ton male elephant that had captured the popular imagination.


Elephant Bill found himself engaged as elephant consultant, with very ill-defined duties, to help Mr Willie Wilson of Glasgow transport Big Charlie.


Although the elephant was accompanied at all times on the journey by his gentle and devoted mahout, Shaik Ibrahim, the job was made much more hazardous by the fact that Big Charlie was on "musth" – or in season – and that Billy Butlin's demands for constant publicity posed problems for all concerned.


Producer/Peter Hoare


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Pilots That Never Flew Ep 1/5
Monday 29 December to Friday 2 January
3.45-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Pilots That Never Flew takes a look at television and radio series and programme ideas that fell by the wayside before they were commissioned.


Presented by Paul Roseby, Director of the National Youth Theatre, this five-part series explores the genres of sketch shows, sitcoms, quiz shows, dramas and factual programmes.


Combining excerpts with interviews and recollections from the talent involved, the series reveals the hard work, the heartbreak, the bad luck and the role of fate in the hunt for the green light that, in these instances, finished in a dead end.


Producer/David Roper


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Just A Minute Ep 1/12
Monday 29 December
6.30-7.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Nicholas Parsons stops the clock for a new series
Nicholas Parsons stops the
clock for a new series

Just A Minute, the granddaddy of all panel games, returns to the airwaves for a new 12-part series.


Chairman Nicholas Parsons takes control of a loquacious and rebellious bunch of players whose task it is to speak on a subject he gives them, for one minute, without hesitation, repetition or deviation.


Panellists this series include Paul Merton, Graham Norton, Clement Freud, Shappi Khorsandi, Charles Collingwood, Helen Lederer, Josie Long, Josie Lawrence, Julian Clary, Jack Dee, Lisa Tarbuck and Sue Perkins.


Producer/Claire Jones


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Ali Abbas – In His Own Words
Monday 29 December
8.00-8.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Ali Abbas is the Iraqi boy who suffered severe burns and lost both his arms and 16 members of his family, including his parents, as the result of a US rocket attack.


Here, he tells his own story, from that terrible night, through his stay in a Kuwaiti hospital and to his life now, which is split between Britain and Iraq.


In 2003, as American and coalition forces invaded Iraq, pictures of 12-year-old Ali Abbas lying in a hospital bed spread across the globe. The sight of this scared little boy, bare-skinned but for bandages on his head and where his arms had once been, made many question the war and those who took us into it.


Five years on, Hugh Sykes, one of the BBC's correspondents in Baghdad, meets Ali to find out what life is like for him today. He hears how Ali, now 17, splits life between his extended family in Iraq and his friends in the UK.


Ali describes the harrowing events of when the missiles hit his family home, how he came to terms with the loss of his limbs, and what work has been done to give him artificial arms and a stable future. Ali also tells how he can now write, paint, telephone and even brush his teeth with his feet.


Hugh discovers that Ali's great passion is football, whether watching Manchester United on TV, playing for teams in both London and Baghdad, or just having a kick-about in his local park. With great skills and a steady balance, in spite of his missing arms, Ali is a sure striker with a steady eye in front of goal.


When Ali's not playing football, he can be found talking about it, especially with his Arabic friends who live and work nearby in what some call "Little Baghdad". Hugh visits their shop and finds out what they make of this remarkable teenager.


Producer/Russell Crewe


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Book At Bedtime – The Dark Flower Ep 1/10
Monday 29 December to Friday 9 January
10.45-11.00pm BBC RADIO 4

John Galsworthy's tale of obsessive love and thwarted passion is told in 10 episodes, in this new Book At Bedtime offering. Following three seasons – spring, summer and autumn – the book charts the love life of Mark Lennan and a series of passionate affairs, unrequited and requited in turn. Its portrayal of the torture of love focuses on the minute detail and deep feelings that are characteristic of tales of thwarted passion.


Covering almost 30 years in the life and loves of Mark Lennan, The Dark Flower opens in 1880 with 18-year-old undergraduate Mark studying art at Oxford. It ends 30 years later with Mark ostensibly happily married, yet torn between his wife and a beautiful teenage girl – the last and most disturbing manifestation of the "dark flower" of passion.


Much of Galsworthy's achievement lies in the mixture of pathos and humour he derives from characters who are little able to express their feelings – in particular those from the British upper-middle classes.


Producer/Clive Brill


BBC Radio 4 Publicity


BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Monday 29 December 2008
5 Live Sport
Monday 29 December
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Russell Fuller presents all the day's sports news and is joined by John Motson for The Monday Night Club, discussing all the latest football news.


From 8pm there is Barclays Premier League commentary on Manchester United v Middlesbrough, live from Old Trafford, plus updates from Blackpool v Wolves in the Coca-Cola Championship.


Presenter/Russell Fuller, Producer/Haydn Parry


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BBC WORLD SERVICE Monday 29 December 2008
Brand Cuba
Monday 29 December

Next year, on 1 January, is the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, which overthrew Batista's dictatorship and brought Fidel Castro to power.


The relatively tiny Caribbean island of Cuba has had a huge influence on politics and culture.


Allan Little examines the image of Cuba – including the iconic picture of Che Guevara which has adorned so many students' walls and T-shirts – and explores how its revolutionary image has endured for 50 years.


The Cuba of the Castro brothers, Fidel and Raúl, has survived decades of sustained hostility from the world's most powerful nation, the United States, and coped with the threat of economic collapse after the break-up of the Soviet Union.


Allan analyses some of the factors that have kept Cuba alive in the public imagination for so long. There are some surprising stories along the way: Fidel Castro's custody battle for his son against his ex-wife, Mirta Díaz-Balart, and how Che Guevara's theory of revolution brought near disaster to South Africa's ANC in its struggle against apartheid.


Listeners have another chance to hear Brand Cuba at 8pm tomorrow Tuesday 30 December on BBC Radio 4.


Presenter/Allan Little, Producer/Linda Pressly


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