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Network BBC Radio Week 53

New Year's Eve
Wednesday 31 December 2008


BBC RADIO 2 New Year's Eve
Wednesday 31 December 2008
Prince – 30 At 50
New Year's Eve Wednesday 31 December
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Like Madonna and Michael Jackson, Prince celebrated his 50th birthday this year. To mark the occasion, Trevor Nelson counts down the singer's Top 30 best-selling singles in the UK, while music stars talk about their love of his music.


Presenter/Trevor Nelson, Producer/Gary Bones


BBC Radio 2 Publicity

Showman And Star-Maker –
A Tribute To Bill Cotton
Ep 1/2
New Year's Eve Wednesday 31 December to
New Year's Day Thursday 1 January
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Paul O'Grady presents a special tribute to Bill Cotton, the man who transformed British television and was, for 30 years, the BBC's "Mr Entertainment".


In this two-part documentary, a remarkable line-up of contributors celebrates Cotton's life and achievements. Family, colleagues and stars look back at Cotton's influential career at the BBC, where he helped to create some of TV's all-time favourite shows and launch the careers of many musical and comedy stars.


More of an impresario than a BBC executive, Cotton was the driving-force behind such legendary entertainment programmes as Dad's Army, The Two Ronnies, The Good Life and To The Manor Born, and introduced viewers to small-screen superstars including Bruce Forsyth, Val Doonican, Rolf Harris and Penelope Keith. He understood that popular entertainment was broad enough to embrace The Generation Game and Top Of The Pops as well as Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Rolf Harris Show, and he made the BBC the perfect home for two of ITV's biggest stars: Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.


This first programme, entitled The Training Ground, looks back to Cotton's early years. The son of legendary bandleader Billy Cotton, he was born in 1928 and grew up in a world surrounded by his father's showbusiness cronies. He joined the BBC in 1957 as a production trainee, directing his father's Billy Cotton Band Show and brand-new programmes including Six-Five Special.


By 1962, Cotton had risen through the ranks to become Assistant Head of Light Entertainment. He was soon to launch shows such as Top Of The Pops, The Frost Report and Monty Python's Flying Circus, as well as the television careers of enduringly popular entertainers from Val Doonican and Cilla Black to Rolf Harris and Cliff Richard. This programme considers some of the key programmes and stars that Bill Cotton introduced to the small screen.


Contributors to the series include Sue Lawley, Rolf Harris, Penelope Keith, Bruce Forsyth, Sir Jimmy Savile, Sir Michael Parkinson, Paul Daniels, Sir Tom Jones, Val Doonican, John Cleese, Sandie Shaw, Cilla Black, Michael Grade, Dame Vera Lynn and many more.


Presenter/Paul O'Grady, Producer/Malcolm Prince


BBC Radio 2 Publicity


BBC RADIO 3 New Year's Eve
Wednesday 31 December 2008
Composer Of The Week – Berlioz Ep 3/5
Monday 29 December to Friday 2 January
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Donald Macleod and Sir John Eliot Gardiner explore Berlioz, the songwriter and dramatist, as they continue to discuss the composer's work in this special series.


Berlioz often viewed incidents in his life through the filter of literature, before converting them into music, whether symphonic, vocal or operatic. Irlande, a collection of nine songs to poems by Irish writer Thomas Moore, is a case in point. When Berlioz first picked up Moore's poems, he was in the first throes of his infatuation with Harriet Smithson, the beautiful Shakespearean actress and future Mrs Berlioz. With their atmosphere of heroism and patriotism, and steeped in the soft glow of Celtic romance, the poems proved the perfect material for the besotted composer.


Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Chris Barstow


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Paradise Lost Ep 10/12
Monday 22 December to Friday 2 January
5.00-6.10pm 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 Ten, God tells the Guardian Angels that Satan's entrance to Paradise could not have been prevented by them. He then sends His Son to Paradise to speak to the Transgressors, and to clothe them.


Reader/Anton Lesser, Producer/Nicolas Soames


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

New Generation Artists Ep 8/10
Monday 29 December to Friday 2 January
6.10-7.00pm BBC RADIO 3

BBC Radio 3 presents performances by more of its current crop of New Generation Artists, including Argentinean pianist Ingrid Fliter, British soprano Elizabeth Watts, British violinist (and former BBC Young Musician of the Year) Jennifer Pike and Swiss trumpeter Giuliano Sommerhalder.


Producer/Lindsay Kemp


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Lang Lang

New Year's Eve Wednesday 31 December
7.00-8.30pm BBC RADIO 3

As one of the few genuine classical superstars, as popular in the West as in his native China, pianist Lang Lang attracts loyal audiences around the world with his high-octane performances.


Listeners have another chance to hear this family-friendly Proms recital, from the August Bank Holiday weekend. It features some of the composers he has especially favoured during his career so far, among them Mozart, Rachmaninov and Debussy, and much-loved showpieces including Chopin's Grand Polonaise in E flat, and Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody
No. 2.


The concert also features a duet performance with Marc Yu, the nine-year-old protégé Lang Lang has dubbed "Little Mozart" and probably the youngest pianist ever to perform at the Proms. Together, they play Schubert's Fantasia in F minor, D940.


Presenter/Sean Rafferty, Producer/Brian Jackson


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Last Night Of The Proms 2008

New Year's Eve Wednesday 31 December
9.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 3

Listeners have another chance to experience all the atmosphere, excitement and fantastic performances of the Last Night Of The Proms 2008, as BBC Radio 3 relives the thrilling conclusion to the world's greatest classical music festival.


This year's finale features a varied programme, in which new works appear alongside much-loved classics, bringing together the different themes of the season. More than 40 years after his Proms debut, Sir Roger Norrington makes his first Last Night appearance, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Singers.


In the first half, Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel prays to the stars (as Wolfram in Tannhäuser), delivers his highly individual concept of honour (as Verdi's Falstaff) and renounces God in favour of Tosca (as Scarpia in Tosca). French pianist Hélène Grimaud, meanwhile, appears in Beethoven's "Choral" Fantasy, with its pre-echoes of the Ninth Symphony's "Ode To Joy".


The second half includes a nation-hopping commission from composer Anna Meredith, who has written a new orchestral work for the five ensembles taking part in the Last Night celebrations. Drawing together the performers in London's Royal Albert Hall with those at Proms In The Park events around the UK (Belfast, Glasgow, London and Swansea), it takes listeners on an exhilarating tour of all the Last Night celebrations.


The concert also features a final Vaughan Williams instalment, with his Sea Songs and other traditional folk music, before the traditional Proms finale of Rule, Britania! and Jerusalem.


Presenter/Sean Rafferty, Producers/Ann McKay and Brian Jackson


BBC Radio 3 Publicity


BBC RADIO 4 New Year's Eve
Wednesday 31 December 2008
Snow In Libya Ep 1/2
New Year's Eve Wednesday 31 December
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Peter Snow revisits the ruins of Cyrene, Libya
Peter Snow revisits the ruins
of Cyrene, Libya

Peter Snow spent large chunks of his boyhood in the late Forties in Libya, where his father was Brigadier during the British Occupation. More than 50 years later, he returns to visit some of the most spectacular ancient ruins in the world, which gave him a life-long passion for the Classics.


Peter's knowledge of politics and history provides an insightful look at modern Libya, and the political scars of occupation and revolution. When he first arrived there, the war had finished just three years earlier and the country was in a terrible state. The population had been decimated by occupation, attempted genocide and war, and was hanging on with a fragile infrastructure and government. It had also become the focus of international attention, with some questioning whether such a small population should have such a large country.


Peter returns to the cathedral, now a mosque, and the ruins he remembers to bring alive this mysterious and spectacular country.


Presenter/Peter Snow, Producer/Sara Jane Hall


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Afternoon Play – Mr Luby's Fear Of Heaven
New Year's Eve Wednesday 31 December
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Jeremy Irons plays Lewis Luby
Jeremy Irons plays Lewis Luby

Jeremy Irons stars in John Mortimer's play as Lewis Luby, a writer who falls into a brief coma after a balcony collapses beneath him.


Luby regains consciousness late at night and finds himself lying under the monstrous big toe of God. There has to be some mistake, he thinks to himself – he has never believed in the immortality of the soul and he cannot possibly be in Heaven.


Then he discovers that he is not alone – there is another Englishman in the next bed. Tommy Fletcher, it appears, has led an infinitely more exotic life and it is his latest obsession with the beautiful pharmacist in the Corso Garibaldi that has resulted in the stab wounds which have brought him to hospital.


Eventually, Mr Luby comes to terms with the fact that he is not actually in Heaven. For Tommy Fletcher, however, there is no happy ending.


Stephen Critchlow plays Tommy Fletcher and the cast also includes Marsha Fitzalan, Chris Pavlo, Donnla Hughes and Flaminia Cinque.


Producer/Jeremy Mortimer


BBC Radio 4 Publicity


BBC RADIO 5 LIVE New Year's Eve
Wednesday 31 December 2008
5 Live News Review Of The Year
New Year's Eve Wednesday 31 December
6.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Peter Allen and Anita Anand review the main news stories of the year in which the UK economy plunged into recession, the housing market took a nose-dive and the banks were bailed out by the Government.


There are also highlights from the past 12 months, including: stories from the Beijing Olympics, in what was a glittering year for British sports stars; Barack Obama's victory in the US presidential race; and interviews with some of the people who showed true bravery in 2008, including Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher, a Royal Marine who threw himself on a grenade to protect his comrades in Afghanistan.


Presenters/Peter Allen and Anita Anand, Producer/John Cary


BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity


Wednesday 31 December 2008
The Rules Of Risk
New Year's Eve Wednesday 31 December

As leaders in Europe and America struggle to rewrite the rules of international finance following the credit crunch, Clare Bolderson investigates the roots and role of financial risk.


Too much risk leads to boom and bust but, conversely, too much regulation stifles innovation. Clare looks at the different approaches to risk in France and the US and asks business leaders, regulators and thinkers on both sides of the Atlantic what is the point of risk compared with the benefits of regulation.


Presenter/Clare Bolderson, Producer/Neal Razzell


BBC World Service Publicity



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