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Friday - Rob Cowan with Armando Iannucci

with Rob Cowan and his guest, the satirist, writer and producer Armando Iannucci.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Piano, Myung Whun Chung, ECM 2342. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Proms Artist of the Week: Simon Rattle.

Rob's guest this week is the satirist, writer, television director and radio producer, Armando Iannucci. Described by The Daily Telegraph as "the hardman of political satire" and by The Observer as one of the 50 Funniest Acts in British Comedy, he rose quickly through the BBC with On the Hour and the television series, The Day Today. One of his and Steve Coogan's most famous creations from that series, Alan Partridge, went on to feature in a number of Armando's television and radio programmes including Knowing Me, Knowing You and I'm Alan Partridge.

As well as writing and producing, he has also fronted the satirical Armistice review shows and The Armando Iannucci Shows, for Channel 4. Moving back to the BBC in 2005, he created the political sitcom The Thick of It, the spoof documentary Time Trumpet and the radio series, Charm Offensive. He has written an operetta libretto, Skin Deep, for Opera North, and his latest television project is the HBO political satire, Veep. Armando received an OBE in 2012 for services to broadcasting.

Rob's Essential Choice
Te Deum
Maria Stader (soprano)
Sieglinde Wagner (alto)
Ernst Haefliger (tenor)
Peter Lagger (bass)
Deutsche Oper Chorus
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Eugen Jochum (conductor)

Release date:

3 hours

Last on

Fri 5 Sep 2014 09:00

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Only Connect

The connection was Prague.

The music played:


1st movement (Allegro – after slow intro) Symphony no 38 ‘Prague’
Prague Chamber Orchestra
Charles Mackerras (conductor)
SUPRAPHON 1107572 


Vysehrad  (1st mvmt Ma Vlast)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Rafael Kubelik (conductor)
DG 459418 2   


Prague Waltzes for orchestra B.99
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Antal Dorati (conductor)
DECCA 414370 2  

Music in Time – The Romantic Collection

Music in Time – The Romantic Collection

Putting pieces of music in their historical context.

Music in Time – The Modern Collection

Music in Time – The Modern Collection

Masterworks of modern music.

Essential Classics: Guest Choices

Essential Classics: Guest Choices

Hear the classical music chosen by our guests on the BBC Music website