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Network Radio Week 52

Saturday 20 December 2008


BBC RADIO 1 Saturday 20 December 2008
Vernon Kay
Saturday 20 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 1

Vernon Kay broadcasts live from the set of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing on the day of the big final. Vernon chats with the judges and the finalists and speculates on who might win the coveted Glitterball.


Presenter/Vernon Kay, Producer/Glenn Middleditch


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BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 20 December 2008

Rod Stewart – Some Guys Have All The Luck Ep 1/2
Saturday 20 December
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2 (Schedule addition 9 December)

Rod Stewart has sold over 250 million albums and singles throughout his career, which spans over 40 years. He remains one of the UK's most enduring and distinctive solo artists.


Johnnie Walker interviews the Grammy Award-winning singer about his life and career, which has included Number One hits with Maggie May, You Wear It Well, Sailing, Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? and The First Cut Is The Deepest.


Rod Stewart came to the forefront of the British pop music scene with The Jeff Beck Group and later with The Faces. An acclaimed solo artist since the early Seventies, Rod has recently released four Grammy Award-winning volumes of The Great American Songbook.


The second of this two-part interview can be heard on Friday 26 December Boxing Day between 4 and 5pm, preceded, at 3pm, by a repeat of today's programme.


Presenter/Johnnie Walker, Producer/Natasha Costa Correa


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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 20 December 2008
Music Matters
Saturday 20 December
12.15-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

In a special edition to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Puccini, Tom Service visits some of the locations in Tuscany that meant so much to the composer, even once he had achieved international stardom. In the company of musicologist Roger Parker, Tom assesses Puccini's legacy, the reception of his music a century ago and now, his complicated relationships with women and their impact on his operas, and the importance of his works on the Italian opera scene after Verdi.


Presenter/Tom Service, Producer/Emma Bloxham


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The Early Music Show
Saturday 20 December
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Lucie Skeaping presents a programme devoted to Euripides' great tragedy, Medea, and its setting by French composer Charpentier. Charpentier was very much overshadowed by his famous contemporary, Lully, and it is really only in the last few decades that this opera has been rediscovered. The music is considered some of Charpentier's most magnificent and colourful.


Presenter/Lucie Skeaping, Producer/Rebecca Bean


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World Routes In Nazareth
Saturday 20 December
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Though Nazareth is most famous as the home of Mary and Joseph and the place where Jesus grew up, few people know much about this town, which lies close to the West Bank in a particularly troubled part of the Middle East. In this edition of World Routes, Israeli broadcaster Moshe Morad, a regular contributor to the series, visits Nazareth to uncover the Palestinian musical traditions that are unique to this part of the Galilee.


On the southern edge of the Galilean uplands, Nazareth is a town with a distinctive Arabic feel, which is reflected in its music. Moshe meets members of the Joubran musical dynasty, visits their oud factory, and meets the Arab Orchestra of Nazareth.


There's also a recording from the 2008 Jerusalem International Oud Festival, which took place at the end of November, of Nazareth-born Dalal Abu Amneh, who performs her songs in a Palestinian dialect that is specific to Galilee. World Routes recorded several concerts at the festival – these have been remixed at the BBC's studios in London and will be broadcast in World Routes throughout 2009.


Presenter/Moshe Morad, Producer/James Parkin


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Opera On 3 – Live From The Met: Thaïs
Saturday 20 December
5.00-8.40pm BBC RADIO 3

Massenet's Thaïs comes live from Metropolitan Opera, New York, with Renée Fleming in the title role, Thomas Hampson as the troubled monk Athanaël, and the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Jesús López-Cobos.


Soprano Fleming brings one of her most acclaimed roles to the Met for the first time in Thaïs, Massenet's exotic tale of love and redemption. Based on a tale initially written down by a 10th-century nun, the opera tells the story of the monk Athanaël and his ultimately tragic desire for the Alexandrian courtesan Thaïs. In a story that is a heady mix of sex and religion, Massenet's evocative score (which includes the famous Méditation) marries sensual exoticism with vocal virtuosity.


The live performance is presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. The two intervals include live backstage interviews and the popular Metropolitan Opera Quiz.


Presenter/Margaret Juntwait, Producer/Mark Lowther


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Between The Ears – In Memoria
Saturday 20 December
9.15-10.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Industrial decay is the backdrop to this gentle ritual dialogue between late-medieval memorial motets by Ockeghem, Dufay, Obrecht and Josquin des Prez, and recent fragments of anecdote, reflection and reminiscence.


Josquin's lament for Ockeghem, Nymphes des Bois, is heard through an electronic prism as increasingly distressed audio, and the sequence culminates in a new motet by Antony Pitts, Thou Wast Present As On This Day, celebrating the simultaneous present of eternity.


Edward Wickham directs The Clerks in live performances from a variety of venues, including Crossness Pumping Station and Sellafield Visitors Centre.


Producers/Edward Wickham and Antony Pitts


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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 20 December 2008
We Three Kings
Saturday 20 December
10.30-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Ian Hislop decides that three is the magic number
Ian Hislop decides that three is
the magic number

Ian Hislop explores the Christmas myth of the Three Wise Men.


The wise men merit only a small mention in the Bible but they are among the most famous participants in the Nativity story. In this programme, Ian asks why these characters have captured our imagination to such an extent and who these shadowy figures from the East might have been in reality.


Ian discovers that, far from being a myth lost in the Eastern tradition, the longevity of the tale of the three wise men might be down to a very active Christian woman from Colchester.


Presenter/Ian Hislop, Producer/ Philip Sellars


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Mrs Klein
Saturday 20 December
2.30-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Melanie Klein was a disciple of Sigmund Freud and developed influential and controversial theories of play therapy which are still used today.


Her work diverged from pure Freudian analysis in several key areas and led to the establishment of factions in British psychoanalytic circles, with her own daughter supporting the opposing side.


An adopter of devoted protégés in her professional life, Mrs Klein is presented in this play by Nicholas Wright as a rather less successful mother who alienates her own children, failing to see what is happening around her.


When coming to terms with the death of her older son, she prevaricates, invents explanations and decides against going to his funeral. A potentially explosive letter from her daughter awaits her, with cruelly hurtful contents, but she chooses instead to drink wine and contemplate her work. Frustrated with her mother's game-playing, her daughter Melitta, also a professional analyst, confronts her with some home truths.


Mrs Klein is played by Janet Suzman, Melitta by Eve Best and Paula by Clare Corbett.


Producer/Alison Hindell


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Archive Hour – Home-Recorded Voices
Saturday 20 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Presenter Sean Street explores some domestic audio archives – from the earliest recordings on wax cylinders to the experiments of the "MySpace generation".


Domestic and semi-professional tape machines have been around for just over half a century. By the late Fifties, people were beginning to record sounds in their own homes and further afield – of people, places and happenings. Some even bought editing blocks and started to compile, collate or "produce" their material, creating their own non-broadcast radio programmes.


For the past 25 years, Richard Harrison has been trailing around car-boot sales, skips and auction houses, buying up boxes of reel-to-reel tapes and establishing an unusual archive of "domestic recordings" from around the UK.


In this Archive Hour, Sean Street joins Richard as he hunts through piles of boxes at car-boot sales and listens to tapes, many of which are played for the first time in decades.


Richard takes Sean on a tour of his archive and creates a portrait of Britain in the care-free days of the late Fifties and Sixties – before the compact cassette became the main domestic recording medium.


Sean and Richard also try to trace the people who were recorded.


Presenter/Sean Street, Producer/Andy Cartwright


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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 20 December 2008
5 Live Sport
Saturday 20 December
12.00noon-7.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents an afternoon of live football, kicking off at 12.45pm with commentary from the top of the Coca-Cola Championship as Birmingham take on Reading at St Andrews. There's coverage of all the afternoon's 3pm kick-offs, including Hull v Sunderland and Bolton v Portsmouth in the Barclays Premier League and Rangers v Hibernian in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League. There are also updates from rugby union's Guinness Premiership matches and reports from the second day's play in the Second Test between India and England in Mumbai.


At 5.30pm, Mark introduces commentary on West Ham United v Aston Villa, live from Upton Park.


Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/TBC


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Saturday 20 December 2008
Test Match Special
Saturday 20 December
3.50-11.30am BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

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


Producer/Jen McAllister


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5 Live Football League
Saturday 20 December

Sports Extra features commentary on a leading game in the Championship, plus reports and score updates from across the Football League.


Producer/Jen McAllister


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