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Eloise McNaulty | 14:44 UK time, Thursday, 6 September 2012

1. BBC Proms

In the last week of the Proms there have been some particularly noteworthy concerts and celebrations. Kirsty Young talked to BBC news about the Desert Island Discs Prom, celebrating 70 years of the programme. If you missed the opportunity to take part in the Radio 4 live blog, which ran throughout the concert, you can still read the comments and watch excerpts including a performance of the Desert Island Discs theme and Kirsty Young on stage with Bryn Terfyl. (Please note these excerpts will expire on the 10 September).

In another exciting performance, composer John Adams, conducted his own work "Nixon in China" prompting lots of comment on Twitter including this from Radio 3 presenter, Petroc Trewlany. Visit the BBC Proms on Facebook to see a selection of images from the performance.

Don't miss the amazing line-up for the last night of the Proms on the 8th September plus Proms in the Park London. Around the country, join BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Stephen Bell at City Halls, Scotland, the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast and the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.

Also, see a beautiful slideshow of paintings related to the BBC proms. Your Paintings aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings and is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation (a registered charity) and participating collections and museums from across the UK. Thanks to Your Paintings for the heads-up on twitter.

2. BBC iPlayer

This week the BBC announced mobile downloads on BBC iPlayer, enabling you to download your favourite BBC TV programmes directly to your smartphone or tablet for free, and to enjoy them for up to 30 days. David Madden, Exec Producer for TV & iPlayer Mobile, blogged about the benefits of the downloads and answered further questions.

3. "And Now an Urgent SOS"

3. Do you remember the SOS messages that the BBC used to read out? Eddie Mair wrote in the Radio Times saying that "They used the power of radio and its ability to reach millions instantly to reach out to one or two individuals to tell them something that mattered only to them". BBC Radio 4 blogged about tracking down some of the original people behind the messages, inviting listeners to get in touch for their programme "And Now an Urgent SOS".

Hear Carole Bullock, telling Eddie Mair about the day an SOS message changed her family...for unexpected reasons.

4. BBC Connected

This project aims to connect those who wish to work with the BBC in creating innovative material for online audiences. Adrian Woolard provided detailed briefs around upcoming dates, including CBBC on September 20th in Salford and User Experience and Design on October 4th in London. Read the blog from Adrian on the plans through till next spring next year and put the dates in your diary now.

Connected Studio in Salford

CBeebies Connected Studio in Q5, Quay House, MediaCityUK in Salford

5. A Newsround Special

At this time of year, when children are going back to school, what is it like for the child with additional needs? Up And Away: A Newsround Special investigates on the 7th September at 5pm on CBBC.

BBC Breakfast spoke to Rosie King, who presents 'Up and away' and Daniel Allen about how they became involved in the show.

6. The BBC Story

On the 3rd September, 1939, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announced on the Home Service that Britain was at war with Germany. The BBC reinvented itself during the WW2, expanding its services in the UK and abroad..

Watch experts including BBC historians talking about the impact of the War and how it transformed the BBC.

Explore audio, documents and image galleries in the BBC Archive WW2 collection on subjects ranging from the Berlin Wall to Dad's Army at 40. Visit BBC History online to find out more about this topic an many others.

The Rt. Hon. Neville Chamberlain in 1935 (BBC Archive image)

The Rt. Hon. Neville Chamerlain in 1935, (BBC Archive image)

7. Gloomsbury: literary laughs on Radio 4

Coming up soon, a comedy about the Bloomsbury Group with a stellar cast including Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, Nigel Planer, Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy and John Sessions. The six-part series written by Sue Limb is an affectionate send up of the infamous literary group whose arty and adulterous adventures dominated the cultural scene in the early 20th century. Read the full release and cast interviews on the Media Centre website.

8. The Thick of IT

Series 4 of the dark political comedy returns on 8 September at 10.10pm on BBC Two. If you're new to the programme check out the BBC Comedy blog which tells you how the show started and background to the characters.

9. Are you an aspiring writer?

Watch interviews and learn how to craft the perfect script with writers, including Jimmy McGovern, from the BBC Writers Room. Check out a collection of Radio and TV scripts including those from BBC Comedy and Sherlock and find out more about up-coming opportunities and events.

Emeli Sandé

Emeli Sandé

10. Radio 2 live in Hyde Park

This one day festival on Sunday 9th September features artists such as Tom Jones, Jessie J and Status Quo. If you've missed out on tickets you can watch and listen on BBC Radio 2, online and via the Red Button.

Eloise McNaulty is the producer of the About the BBC Blog.

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