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Saturday 27 June

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Huey Morgan

Huey Morgan has two special hours of music in store, with KRS One, Kraftwerk and Kool & The Gang all in the mix.

Plus Huey will be choosing a fine slice of vintage Led Zeppelin for listeners to enjoy.

In the second hour of the show it's back to 1987 as Huey vibes The Times Of Our Lives - Guns N Roses, MC Shan and INXS all to come.

  • Presenter: Huey Morgan
  • Producer: Jenny Ward for the BBC

Sounds Of The 60s With Tony Blackburn

Tony Blackburn curates two hours of his favourite 1960s hit records.

Today he has classics from Dionne Warwick, The Rolling Stones and The Foundations.

  • Presenter: Tony Blackburn
  • Producer: Tom Pooley and Phil Swern for 7digital

Alan And Mel

Alan Carr and Melanie Sykes host a show for Saturdays. Today, actor Jodie Prenger is subjected to Alan and Mel's Awful Music Quiz.

Jodie first rose to prominence as the first ever female winner of The Biggest Loser, before going on to win I’d Do Anything, a television competition seeking an actress to play Nancy in a West End revival of the musical Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London in 2008. Most recently, she was starring as Helen in the UK tour of A Taste Of Honey.

And as always there will be plenty of laughs, two more cunning Carr-Nections, and some choice selections from the latest Radio 2 playlist.

  • Presenters: Alan Carr and Melanie Sykes
  • Producer: Malcolm Prince for the BBC

Pick Of The Pops

Today Paul presents a special three hour edition of the show.

The hits include the Absolutely Fabulous This Wheel’s On Fire, so Baby Come Back and have One More Dance! Plus hits from Donovan, The Monkees, The Rolling Stones and many more. Then in the second hour he presents the chart from this week in 1977.

If it’s your first time listening, Baby Don’t Change Your Mind! Gambo has hits from Barbra Streisand, Boney M, Queen and many more.

Finally he’ll revisit the chart from 1988. Listen in whether you’re having Breakfast In Bed or doing the weekly Car Wash - there’s something for everyone! Plus, classic tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman, and Phil Collins.

  • Presenter: Paul Gambaccini
  • Producer: Phil Swern and Heather Wall for 7digital

Jo Whiley’s Glastonbury Experience

Jo Whiley chats to special guests including Michael Eavis* and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

She’ll also be featuring archive tracks recorded at previous Glastonbury festivals, from artists including Adele, Amy Winehouse, Beyoncé, David Bowie, Coldplay, The Cure, Ed Sheeran, Florence And The Machine, Jay-Z, Liam Gallagher, Lily Allen, Nile Rodgers, Pulp, Radiohead, REM and Stormzy.

From Thursday 25 to Monday 29 June, when the 50th anniversary of Glastonbury Festival was due to take place, the BBC will be bringing the spirit of Glastonbury to viewers at home with The Glastonbury Experience across BBC television, BBC iPlayer, BBC radio and BBC Sounds.

Some of the BBC’s best loved presenters including Clara Amfo, Edith Bowman, Lauren Laverne, Mark Radcliffe, and Jo Whiley will host four days of programming (including the first pop-up Glastonbury channel on BBC iPlayer) and revisit some of the festival’s most iconic and memorable moments and performances from over the years.

*Emily Eavis was originally billed to appear on the show.

  • Presenter: Jo Whiley
  • Producer: Anna Richards for the BBC

Family Rhythms

Join Liza Tarbuck and four sets of famous couples, as they tell stories about the music that’s brought them together during lockdown.

Emma Bunton shares the sofa with her husband and musical collaborator Jade Jones of Damage to talk about meeting pop-icon Prince, plus what their families have been up to in lockdown.

Comedian Joel Dommett and wife Hannah Cooper-Dommett tell us why you should never leave your hire car unattended on a Greek island when there’s a Pussycat Doll about…

Discover which pop star sang at Ronan and Storm Keating’s wedding following a big night out with Game Of Thrones star Kit Harrington.

Plus Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her husband Richard Jones from The Feeling talk about the origins of their infamous lockdown Kitchen Discos and how they’re coping with five kids at home.

  • Presenter: Liza Tarbuck
  • Producer: Matt Healy for We Are Grape

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Inside Music: From Dowland To Disney With Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas

BBC Radio 3’s weekly series in which a musician explores a selection of music - from the inside.

From her study in Sussex, soprano Elin Manahan Thomas sets up a playlist that’s full of the joy of making music. She reveals the many characters she’s played in Purcell’s Fairy Queen, from a nurse and a princess to a tree, and finds a connection between Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson singing in the movie Moana with running a choir at her children’s school.

Elin also chooses music by Mendelssohn that transports us to a far off landscape, a cantata by Karl Jenkins commemorating the Aberfan tragedy of 1966 and an intense choral masterpiece by James Macmillan.

  • Producer: Faith Waddell
  • A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Sound Of Cinema: The Screen Music Of Barry Gray

Jamie Anderson, the son of Jerry Anderson, who gave us Supercar, Fireball XL5, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, joins Matthew Sweet for a look back on the scores of Barry Gray, the man who gave musical voice to these classic series.

  • Producer: Chris Wines

Opera On 3: Wagner - Tristan Und Isolde

Tonight's Opera On 3 is another chance to hear this stunning performance of Wagner’s epic opera Tristan und Isolde, which was recorded in 2014 at the Royal Opera House, as presented by Christopher Cook - who's joined by Wagner specialist Sarah Lenton.

The star cast is led by soprano Nina Stemme as Isolde and tenor Stephen Gould as Tristan, with John Tomlinson as King Marke and Sarah Connolly as Bragane. Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Tristan.....Stephen Gould (Tenor)
Isolde.....Nina Stemme (Soprano)
King Marke.....John Tomlinson (Bass)
Kurwenal.....Iain Paterson (Bass)
Brangane.....Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano)
Melot.....Neal Cooper (Tenor)
Sailor.....Ed Lyon (Tenor )
Shepherd.....Graham Clark (Tenor)
Steersman.....Yuriy Yurchuk (Bass-baritone)
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Royal Opera House Chorus
Antonio Pappano (Conductor)

  • Producer: Rebecca Bean

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

A Fortunate Man

John Berger's extraordinary work about a GP and the rural community he served, adapted for radio by Matt Broughton.

John Berger and Swiss photographer Jean Mohr spent several months in 1967 shadowing a GP in the Forest of Dean. The resulting book was A Fortunate Man – a meditation on society, the doctor-patient relationship and how we value a life.

Cast:

  • The Writer… Peter Marinker
  • The Doctor… Adrian Scarborough
  • Miriam… Barbara Flynn
  • Harry… Joe Sims
  • Timid Woman… Carys Eleri
  • Black Haired Woman… Scarlett Courtney

Also featuring the voices of Dorothy Burley, Kevin and Karen Wellham, Anne Childs and Robin Harris; former patients of Dr Eskell, the GP that inspired Berger. Originally recorded by the Reading the Forest project for the 50th anniversary of the publication of A Fortunate Man.

  • Director: John Norton for BBC Radio 4

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Burglar’s Bargains

BBC Radio 4 Extra pays tribute to writer Wally K. Daly, who died at the age of 79 on 30 April 2020.

Wally K. Daly’s credits include Casualty and Byker Grove, but it’s his body of radio work for which he will be best remembered by many. His sci-fi trilogy of Before the Screaming Begins, The Silent Scream and With a Whimper to the Grave have been staples on Radio 4 Extra since 2008 and were only made available when Wally offered-up his own personal cassettes for broadcast, as the original master tapes had been lost.

As a tribute, Radio 4 Extra has assembled a collection of works to demonstrate the breadth of Wally’s writing. Over a period of six years, he wrote a trilogy of criminal gang capers in the style of 1960s British comedy movies. The first, from 1979, is Burglar’s Bargains, where an unconventional gang of crooks plan a daring robbery at a posh London department store on the first day of its sale.

The stellar cast includes Peter Jones, Carry On film stalwarts Bernard Bresslaw and Charles Hawtrey, Donald Hewlett and Lockwood West.

  • Producer: Martin Jenkins

You can hear A Right Royal Rip-Off and The Bigger They Are on the following two Saturdays at the same time.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1979

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

6 Music Classic Concert

Another chance to hear Pulp’s memorable headline performance at Glastonbury 1995.

Coming on as a last minute change to the line-up, Pulp’s headline is widely regarded as of the greatest performances Glastonbury has ever seen.

  • Presenter: Chris Hawkins
  • Producer: Frank Wilson for the BBC

 

When We Played Glastonbury

6 Music presenters Huey Morgan, Cerys Matthews and Don Letts describe their experiences of performing at Glastonbury.

Huey introduces highlights of his appearance with the Fun Lovin' Criminals in 1999.

Cerys introduces Catatonia's 1995 performance and describes the joy of hearing the crowd singing their songs back at the band for the first time.

And festival veteran Don Letts, who also has appeared at Glastonbury with his band Big Audio Dynamite, gives a taste of the bass-heavy DJ sets that lit up the festival every year.

  • Presenters: Huey Morgan, Cerys Matthews, Don Letts
  • Producer: Mike Hanson for the BBC

First broadcast in 2010

Gilles Peterson

Nemone sits in for Gilles Peterson on Saturday afternoon.

Nemone is also the host of Nemone’s Electric Ladyland every Friday evening on BBC Radio 6 Music, from midnight to 2am.

  • Deputy Presenter: Nemone
  • Producer: A BBC Production

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

Resolves

Olympic Gold medallist Sally Gunnell, renowned for her 400 metre win in Barcelona, resolves to bring about more kindness - towards herself and to others.

Sally Gunnell says: “I’ve had to move from being quite a selfish person as an athlete where everyone around me was thinking about what I’d had to eat, what massage I needed; everyone was running around me…and in the last few months of lockdown, I’ve been thinking about the adjustments that I needed to make to move from that and to reflect on what being kind really means”.

Gunnell shares some of her insider experience of how to make real change; the importance of a few minutes of concentration each day to allow the imagination to create the scenarios that will come about.

  • A Cast Iron Production for the BBC World Service

Part of Rethink - a series of programmes on BBC radio looking at how the world should change post-Coronavirus

Music Life: Fascinations With The Future

Rvdical The Kid welcomes Gafacci, Ria The Boss, and Keyzuz.

This week brings together the absolute best West African young producers and trend setters for the first time. Rvdical The Kid is from Nigeria and Ghana, raised in Benin, before moving to Accra. In 2015 he released the genre-defining album Carte Blanche, and is due to follow it up later this year.

Joining him is Gafacci, one of the most exciting Ghanaian music producers, DJs, and songwriters right now. Club nights and publications around the world are spreading his name, so keep your ears on him. He’s worked with homegrown and international artistes such as Sarkodie, Samini, Bryte, Mina, Famous Eno, and Fever Ray.

Ria Boss is a Ghanaian-Burkinabe singer songwriter, also based in Accra. Her debut EP, ‘Find Your Free’, is a compilation of healing songs she wrote to help get her through her rough battle with depression, identity issues, and quest for self-love. She also released the #THANKGODITSRIA series in which she released 11 EPs in 11 weeks.

And finally, Keyzuz is a DJ and producer who has shaped her creative identity around being a nonconformist, an artist who pushes the boundaries of her expression both aurally and visually She’s originally from Ghana and is now based in America.

They’ll be discussing elements that repeat in the music process, how much of the artists’ work is intentional, and how they deal with imposter syndrome (a very common syndrome amongst musicians).

In part two of the show, producer of the moment Gafacci shares his Personal To Me playlist - a collection of songs that he can listen to any day no matter the occasion. Expect sounds from the likes of Ebenezer Obey, Missy Elliot, and Simi.

  • Produced by Ashley Clivery for the BBC World Service

The Engineers: Re-engineering The Future

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that all over the world engineers are being called on to re-purpose and solve the problems the spread of the disease has created.

The BBC World Service and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 are bringing together leading experts and an on-line audience from across six continents to share their insights and inspire innovation worldwide.

How are engineers reinventing our world to fight the virus? What can engineers do to re-imagine the everyday and make life safer and easier across the globe?

Presenter Kevin Fong will be joined by a panel of four leading engineers from around the world. The panel will respond to questions, comments and first-hand accounts from a global audience linked by Zoom. This is a special edition of an annual event series staged in partnership with the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

  • Produced by Charlie Taylor for the BBC World Service

Part of Rethink - a series of programmes on BBC radio looking at how the world should change post-Coronavirus

Sunday 28 June

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Sounds Of The 70s With Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker presents a special show, packed full of Glastonbury Festival memories.

Back at the first-ever Glastonbury event in September 1970, it cost just a pound to attend, and you got a free bottle of milk thrown in with the admission price. Since then it has grown into a global showcase for music and the arts, but sadly this year's festival is off.

We can still party though, so join Sounds of the 70s and celebrate Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary in a two-hour bonanza. Johnnie will revisit his interview with Glastonbury supremo Michael Eavis, who shares his stories and anecdotes of those early days.

Listeners who were lucky enough to attend in 1970, '71 or '79 (the only three years that an event took place during the whole decade) will be sharing their tales describing what it was like and who the stand-out acts were.

Plus, Johnnie will be bringing listeners their 'fantasy' Glastonbury line-up. What might the bill might have been like, with the fresh new upstarts from Punk colliding with rock supergroups and other megastar performers?

Get involved with memories and ideas for that 'bill that never happened', via walker@bbc.co.uk

  • Presenter: Johnnie Walker
  • Producer: Lee Thompson for Listen

Jo Whiley’s Glastonbury Experience

Jo chats to Kylie Minogue and plays the best archive tracks from previous legend slots on Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage. Artists featured include Brian Wilson, Dolly Parton, Jeff Lynne, Shirley Bassey, Lionel Ritchie and Kenny Rogers.

Last year marked Kylie’s Worthy Farm debut, after being unable to play as scheduled in 2005 following her breast cancer diagnosis. Featuring songs including All The Lovers and Spinning Around, her performance became the BBC’s most viewed Glastonbury set ever, with 3.2 million people tuning in to watch, peaking at 3.9 million during the closing minutes of her performance.

Her performance also included guest appearances from Coldplay’s Chris Martin on a flamenco-tinged Can't Get You Out Of My Head, and Nick Cave for the gothic murder-ballad Wild Rose.

From Thursday 25 to Monday 29 June, when the 50th anniversary of Glastonbury Festival was due to take place, the BBC will be bringing the spirit of Glastonbury to viewers at home with The Glastonbury Experience across BBC television, BBC iPlayer, BBC radio and BBC Sounds.

Some of the BBC’s best loved presenters including Clara Amfo, Edith Bowman, Lauren Laverne, Mark Radcliffe, and Jo Whiley will host four days of programming (including the first pop-up Glastonbury channel on BBC iPlayer) and revisit some of the festival’s most iconic and memorable moments and performances from over the years.

  • Presenter: Jo Whiley
  • Producer: Anna Richards for the BBC

 

Sunday Night Is Music Night

John Humphrys presents a special concert to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the first regular television service.

It all started on Monday, 2nd November 1936 from a make-shift studio in the south east wing of Alexandra Palace in North London: the world's first regular television service, BBC Television. This title was to last until the arrival of the BBC's second television channel in 1964 and this first channel was re-named - BBC One.

That first schedule featured a variety show featuring singer Adele Dixon; comedians Buck and Bubbles, Chinese jugglers the Lai Founs and the BBC Television Orchestra. There was also a new magazine programme Picture Page featuring Joan Miller. The broadcasts ran for just 4 hours a day, reaching 15 thousand television sets. But there was much to look forward to - Tuesday's schedule offered a display of Champion Alsatians from the Metropolitan and Essex Canine Society Show and Hollywood stars Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyons.

Since then, of course, there's been a media revolution - you can catch up; download and watch online. But the last 80 years produced a wealth of comedy, drama, music, documentary, sport, natural history and news programmes.

Tonight BBC Television's older sister service - BBC Radio - celebrates 80 years of great television and musical moments with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Gavin Sutherland. The show includes musical themes from Quatermass, Monitor, Poldark, Mastermind, Vision On, Monty Python's Flying Circus and Blue Planet.

During the interval we revisit Alexandra Palace to discover some more television history.

  • Presenter: John Humphrys
  • Producer: Bridget Apps for the BBC

First broadcast in 2016

Don Black

Multi award-winning lyricist Don Black celebrates the iconic songwriters of the twentieth century, their songs and the artists who performed them.

Each week Don showcases a selection of iconic tunes, popular and timeless standards.

Tonight he features Marilyn Monroe, Kay Starr and Etta James, as well as lyricists Harry Warren and Mack Gordon.

This week's And They Also Wrote..... is Norman Gimble. Plus there's a weekly nod to the fabulous voice of Matt Monro.

The show is packed full of personal anecdotes and entertaining stories as Don recalls meeting and working with many of the greatest writers and entertainers in the business.

  • Presenter: Don Black
  • Producer: Jodie Keane for the BBC

This show was originally broadcast in 2019

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Private Passions: Helen Macdonald

Today, Michael Berkeley’s guest is writer Helen Macdonald, whose 2014 book H Is For Hawk brought the author to international recognition.

It’s perhaps no surprise that there’s a certain amount of birdlife in her playlist, from Stravinsky’s The Firebird to a piece inspired by a song thrush by the Finnish-English singer Hanna Tuulikki. She chooses music from A Carol Symphony by Victor Hely-Hutchinson, full of glittering ice, which consoled her when she was living in the desert of the UAE. We hear Britten’s Second String Quartet, Lully’s The Triumph Of Love, Sibelius’s 7th symphony, and a song by Henry VIII.

Helen Macdonald talks about why writing about nature can be a way of holding the world to account, and about how she finds joy in the fields and lanes around her in Suffolk, during this difficult time. She also reveals what it’s like living with her grumpy parrot Birdoole, who steals the keys from her computer keyboard.

  • Producer: Elizabeth Burke
  • A Loftus Media Ltd Production for BBC Radio 3

The Listening Service: Music And Breathing

How is the rhythm and physicality of our breathing reflected in music? From operatic breath control to circular breathing techniques to a flautist inspired by the relearning of her technique after sinus and asthma problems, Tom Service explores a fundamental element of music making.

  • Producer: Elizabeth Funning

Words & Music: Crossed Wires

Actors Jonathan Keeble and Briony Rawle tell tales of phones and miscommunication, with music by Poulenc, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Little George Smith, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Berio and Menotti.

Our worlds are shaped by the technology we use to communicate - from phone conversations to text messages to letters of love and loss. Yet so often the tools we rely upon to convey our deepest feelings cause misunderstandings and revelations that we might never have imagined.

The episode includes readings from:

Raymond Chandler - The Little Sister
Robert Frost - The Telephone
Philip Gross - Mappa Mundi
Sylvia Plath - Words Heard, By Accident, Over The Phone
Bernard O’Donohue - Going Without Saying
Tony Harrison - Changing At York
Marcel Proust - The Guermantes Way
Carol Ann Duffy - Text
Thomas Hardy - Tess Of The D’Urbervilles
Adrienne Rich - Cartographies Of Silence
Gail White - Ballade Of Indignation
Arthur C. Clarke - Dial F For Frankenstein
Devin Johnson - The Telephone

  • Producer: Steven Rajam
  • A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Freeness: Kim Macari’s Full-On Selections

Tonight’s episode is the second of two shows presented by the musician Kim Macari, who sits in for Corey Mwamba.

This week’s programme features an aptly titled track, Full On by Jah Wobble and Evan Parker, that exudes an endless energy. There’s new music by the cellist Lucy Railton called Lament in Three Parts and a piece by Kim’s all-time favourite band, Amok Amor. Featuring Christian Lillinger (drums), Petter Eldh (bass), Wanja Slavin (alto sax) and Peter Evans (trumpet), Amok Amor places elements of classical avant-garde and hip-hop on top of a solid jazz and improvised music foundation.

  • Producer: Rebecca Gaskell
  • A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3

Between The Ears: The Vet At The End Of The Earth

In this episode of Between the Ears, veterinarian Jonathan Hollins gives us a taste of life in one of the most remote communities in the world - the island of Tristan Da Cunha.

Set in the south Atlantic Ocean, Tristan Da Cunha has a population of around 250 people, a thousand sheep and many more penguins. This year as the pandemic rages around the world, it has been free of Covid-19.

Vet Jonathan Hollins has been working there and he took a microphone with him to give a sense of his daily life. We hear the angry bulls, furious penguins, enraged seals that he encountered! In the shadow of the volcano that once forced the islanders to all leave, we hear the domestic close up sounds of cows birthing, bulls hoisted onto land from bucking fishing vessels and gong clanging to bring the islanders together.

The atmosphere is punctuated by updated versions of traditional sea shanties - performed by the likes of Lou Reed, Beth Orton, Rufus Wainwright, Richard Thomson and Tim Robbins.

Today, we might envy their close community and isolation in a dangerous world. This rocky outcrop was claimed by the Dutch, the British, the Portuguese, and even an American Privateer, geographically useful to all in its splendid isolation, (even in the 20th century the islanders only heard about the ‘result’ of the First World War a year after it finished).

  • Producer: Sarah Jane Hall
  • An R&M Production: Arts, Docs and Drama for BBC Radio 3

Slow Radio: The Last Songs Of Gaia

As ecosystems collapse, a frightening number of species are falling silent. In a new series on Radio 3, The Last Songs of Gaia, Verity Sharp listens to how musicians and sound artists are responding to the threat to our planet.

Composer and ornithologist Hollis Taylor spends months at a time recording at night in the Australian outback, surviving sinister encounters with pythons and ne’er-do-wells to capture the magical clarion-call of the pied butcherbird, whose endlessly inventive song has been much reduced in recent years of drought.

Jez Riley-French revels in exploring and revealing what is usually hidden to the human ear, such as the sounds of glaciers melting and mountains dissolving. Here, he presents an extract from Ink Botanic, an attempt to track the journey of certain tree varieties. It includes the creaking of spruce, pines and aspens in Estonia; recordings of the inside of branches and of roots taking in water in East Yorkshire; and a clearance fire in Australia.

Percussionist and composer Lisa Schonberg has a background in entomology and has worked in the Amazon recording and researching the sounds that ants make. Her soundscape invites us to experience the Amazonian ecosystem from the ants’ perspective - they chatter and stridulate in the foreground, with sounds of lawn machinery and machetes merging with the other wildlife in the reserve on the edge of Manaus.

  • Produced by Chris Elcombe
  • A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

Dave Podmore’s Positive Test

The world has been turned upside down in 2020, but could the death of sport offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for cricket's anti-hero Dave Podmore to make big bucks?

Pod is in negotiations with the Tokyo Olympics and, after all the efforts to take drugs out of sport, finally there's a chance to take the sport out of drugs. At the same time, can he save the precious jobs of the acting community or, now that we live in the 'new normal', are their valuable jobs as giant sporting mascots gone forever?

  • Starring Christopher Douglas, Andrew Nickolds, Nicola Sanderson and Lewis Macleod
  • Written by Christopher Douglas, Andrew Nickolds and Nick Newman
  • Producer: Jon Harvey
  • Executive Producer: Richard Wilson
  • A Naked production for BBC Radio 4

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

The Big Steptoe Radio Show: Ray Galton And Alan Simpson

The genius duo behind the legendary comedy - writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson - select and present their favourite Steptoe and Son episodes.

Ray and Alan’s first choice is the one that started it all - The Offer. It originally featured in the first series of BBC One's long-running Comedy Playhouse. All ten one-offs in the series were penned by the pair. The project was seen as a sweetener for the writers, who'd recently parted company with Tony Hancock. Despite Comedy Playhouse featuring several new concepts, The Offer was the only one to be developed into a series in its own right. It aired in January 1962, followed by the first Steptoe series in the following June.

Revealing how Steptoe and Son was created, Ray and Alan also explain why it prompted concerns in Parliament.

The other episodes featured are Pilgrim's Progress (1967), Crossed Swords (1967) The Desperate Hours (1974), Oh, What a Beautiful Mourning (1976) and Seance in a Wet Rag and Bone Yard (1976).

  • Producer: Sarah Wade

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in 2009

7th Dimension: Nightmare World

BBC Radio 4 Extra continues to pay tribute to writer Wally K. Daly, who died on 30 April with a collection of works to demonstrate the breadth of his writing.

As witnessed by Wally’s Scream trilogy, Wally had a penchant for dystopic sci-fi and Nightmare World is no exception.

A worldwide power failure brings global chaos. Aircrafts crash all over the UK with subsequent loss of life. In addition, one town in every country in the world disappears, along with their six million inhabitants. A.P. Smith, of the Government's RM [Religious Manifestation] Division for supernatural events, investigates and becomes aware of a parallel universe. As the towns reappear, governments all over the world opt to obliterate them with atomic bombs, just in case. Can Smith intercede to prevent it happening here?

Wally K. Daly's sci-fi thriller stars James Laurenson, Nigel Anthony, Peter Jeffrey and Geoffrey Whitehead.

  • Director: David Hitchinson

First broadcast on BBC World Service in 1989

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC Music Introducing Mixtape

Rianne Thompson presents a mixtape of her personal selection of tracks from BBC Introducing played on BBC Radio Tees.

BBC Music Introducing is seeing record numbers of artists uploading their tracks during lockdown, and for four weeks the BBC Music Introducing Mixtape is championing the best new tunes on BBC 6 Music, with four presenters from Introducing shows around the UK curating the best of the best.

Big name artists including Florence + the Machine, Slaves, Georgia, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Chvurches, Idles and The Big Moon all received BBC Music Introducing support at the start of their careers.

  • Deputy Presenter: Rianne Thompson
  • Producer: Andy Warrell for the BBC

When We Played Glastonbury

Three more 6 Music presenters describe their appearances at Glastonbury.

Guy Garvey introduces Elbow's magnificent set in 2008 while Marc Riley talks about his experiences with the Shirehorses. Matt Everitt remembers playing with Menswear at the festival in 1995 during the Britpop explosion.

  • Presenters: Guy Garvey, Matt Everitt, Marc Riley
  • Producer: Mike Hanson for the BBC

First broadcast in 2010

BBC Music Introducing Mixtape

Tom Robinson presents a mixtape of his personal selection of tracks from BBC Introducing.

  • Presenter: Tom Robinson
  • Producer: Andy Warrell for the BBC

Don Letts’ Culture Clash Radio

On the 50th anniversary of the Glastonbury festival, Don, who has been attending and performing at Worthy Farm every year for as long as he can remember, presents a mix of music inspired by some of his most memorable Glasto moments.

  • Presenter: Don Letts
  • Producer: Frank Wilson for the BBC

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

Coronavirus: The Economic Shock

In a few short months the COVID-19 virus has turned the world upside down. Alongside the tragedy of hundreds of thousands of deaths, the world is now bracing itself for a brutal economic impact.

Globalisation enables unprecedented world-wide growth and has lifted millions of out of poverty. It has created a network of economic relationships which enable economic co-operation on a scale never before possible. But in the midst of the punishing realities of the Coronavirus crisis we find that social, political and economic systems do not always work as intended. Hard-wired interdependency looks like chronic vulnerability and when push comes to shove, nations look after themselves. But is this what is needed?

Whether it is components for manufacturing, our food and medical supplies or the contents of our shop shelves and our fridges we depend on complex global economic relationships which now look shakier than ever.

In this special BBC programme, The BBC’s Business Editor Simon Jack talks to some of the world’s most influential economic and business thinkers - global innovators - on how they think the COVID crisis is changing the world-wide business and economic landscape and asks what they think the world might be like when the crisis is over.

  • Produced by Kirsty Mackenzie for the BBC World Service

Part of Rethink - a series of programmes on BBC radio looking at how the world should change post-Coronavirus

Spitfire: The People’s Plane

In 1940, the Spitfire is the best fighter in the world but Germany’s brilliant military engineers are hard at work designing new planes that will out-fly and out-fight the RAF.

The Spitfire design team need to improve their aircraft quickly, but their offices have been bombed and they need a new home. Hursley House is chosen, a Georgian stately home set in rolling parkland. It’s safer than the city and offers plenty of space to design and build new prototypes, but it’s also the home of Lady Mary Cooper and she has no intention of moving out. The next generation of Spitfires is not going to have an easy birth.

  • Presenter/Reporter: Tuppence Middleton
  • Produced by Alasdair Cross and Emily Knight for the BBC World Service

Monday 29 June

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show

Amol Rajan sits in for Zoe this week.

The team have the best start to listeners’ morning with celeb guests, quizzes, headlines, and more music that you can shake a glitterball at!

There's also a daily Pause For Thought and listeners on the line, as Amol entertains the nation with fun for the family!

  • Deputy Presenter: Amol Rajan
  • Producer: Graham Albans for the BBC

 

Ken Bruce

This week there’s another chance to hear Kylie Minogue’s Tracks of My Years, with song choices today from Dolly Parton and Coldplay.

To date Kylie has achieved 34 UK top ten singles, including seven UK number ones, and sold over 80 million records. This interview was first broadcast in 2018, coinciding with the release of her fourteenth studio album, Golden. Recorded in Nashville, London and Los Angeles, the album debuted at number one in the UK Albums Chart and spawned the singles Stop Me From Falling and Dancing. That summer Kylie headlined BBC Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park, performing in front of 50,000 music lovers with songs from her latest album and also classic hits from across her career. Who can forget her impromptu duet with Jason Donovan singing Especially For You in front of a delighted crowd?

Ken also has the daily love song, record and album of the week plus another round of PopMaster. To get in touch with the show email ken.bruce@bbc.co.uk

  • Presenter: Ken Bruce
  • Producer: Ricky Marshall for the BBC

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Composer Of the Week: Beethoven - Private Papers

As part of BBC Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Composer Of The Week returns to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020.

This week Donald Macleod is joined by Beethoven scholar, Erica Buurman and biographer, Jan Swafford to investigate some of the many documents and papers that Beethoven left behind after his death, which are now scattered in archives and collections across the world. Donald and his guests explore high-quality, digital facsimiles of Beethoven’s most personal records including his letters, notebooks and journals, scouring them for clues to his relationships, his work and his everyday life.

Monday 29 June - The Sketchbooks
Today, we explore Beethoven’s musical notebooks to see what they can tell us about his composing process.

Tuesday 30 June - Letter to the “Immortal Beloved”
This episode examines a love letter by Beethoven and tries to uncover the identity of the mystery woman who inspired it.

Wednesday 1 July - The Heiligenstadt Testament
Donald Macleod looks at the great psychological crisis that befell Beethoven in his early 30s, and the extraordinary letter to posterity he penned as a result.

Thursday 2 July - The Conversation Books
Donald Macleod leafs through the notebooks used by Beethoven’s circle to converse in writing with the deaf composer.

Friday 3 July - First Edition
We examine a rare first edition score of Beethoven’s seventh symphony with an inscription in the composers own handwriting, and focus on what printed music can tell us about Beethoven’s world.

  • Produced by Chris Taylor for BBC Cymru Wales.

Radio 3 In Concert: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra With Christoph Von Dohnanyi

With the cancellation of live music events, BBC Radio 3 is giving listeners a chance to hear notable recently recorded concerts by the same ensembles who should have been heard in tonight's live programme.

Fiona Talkington presents a concert given by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Christoph von Dohnányi, as recorded at the Musikverein in November 2019.

19:30
György Ligeti: Atmospheres
Richard Wagner: Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin
Alban Berg: Violin Concerto
Rainer Honeck (violin)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Christoph von Dohnányi (conductor)

20:20
Ernő Dohnányi: Rhapsody in G minor, Op.11 No.1
Martin Roscoe (piano)

Ernő Dohnányi: Passacaglia for solo flute, Op.48 No.2
Sharon Bezaly (flute)

20:40
Johannes Brahms – Symphony No.3 in F, Op.90
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Christoph von Dohnányi (conductor)

21:20
JS Bach: Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV.202
Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Petra Mullejeans (conductor)

Henri Duparc – Romance de Mignon
Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Joseph Middleton (piano)

  • Producer: Les Pratt

The Essay: New Generation Thinkers

New Generation Thinkers is an annual scheme run by the BBC with the Arts and Humanities Research Council which selects ten academics at the start of their career and helps them turn their scholarly research into broadcasts. This year marks the 10th year of the scheme - with 100 New Generation Thinkers now having been chosen. These essays are from the most recent graduates of the scheme.

Monday 29 June - Berlin, Detroit, Race And Techno Music
Tom Smith is a New Generation Thinker who lectures in German at the University of St Andrews. When he sets out to research allegations of racism in Berlin’s club scene, he finds himself face to face with his own past in techno’s birthplace: Detroit.

  • Producer: Robyn Read

Tuesday 30 June - Digging Deep
A PHD student at Cardiff University, New Generation Thinker Susan Greaney works for English Heritage at Stonehenge. She explores fascinating evidence regarding our British and Irish ancestors’ deep and meaningful relationship with the underworld. Their devotion of our ancestors for our Earth might give us lessons for our own attitudes to the world beneath our feet.

  • Producer: Torquil MacLeod

Wednesday 1 July - Coming Out Crip And Acts Of Care
New Generation Thinker Ella Parry Davies is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. She is currently focusing on an oral history project creating sound walks by interviewing migrant domestic workers in the UK and Lebanon. The Essay tonight tells the stories and experiences of migrant workers. At the same time, it charts Davies’ own realisation that her decision to publicly acknowledge her own condition of epilepsy - or “coming out crip” - comes from a privileged position, if seen from the point of view of the unequal healthcare and living conditions faced by many migrant workers.

  • Producer: Robyn Read

Thursday 2 July - Tudor Virtual Reality
Christina Faraday is a New Generation Thinker who lectures in the History of Art at the University of Cambridge. Tonight, she takes Quintilian’s guide to the art of speaking as a starting point to explore how social, political, and religious messages have been communicated though centuries, from Ancient Rome to Elizabethan times and Reformation.

  • Producer: Luke Mulhall

Friday 3 July - Not Quite Jean Muir
A Lecturer, Fashion Business and Cultural Studies at the University of Huddersfield, New Generation Thinker Jade Halbert lectures in fashion but has never done any sewing. She swaps pen and paper for needle and thread to create a dress from a Jean Muir pattern. In a diary charting her progress, she reflects on the skills of textile workers she has interviewed as part of a project charting the fashion trade in Glasgow.

  • Producer: Torquil MacLeod
  • An R& M Production: Factual for BBC Radio 3

 

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

The 3rd Degree

Steve Punt hosts the funny, lively and dynamic quiz from Bournemouth University.

This week's specialist subjects are psychology, nursing and economics and the questions range from sarcophagi to super overs, with a bit of triangular arbitrage thrown in.

The show is recorded on location at a different university each week, and it pits three undergraduates against three of their professors. The series was recorded before lockdown.

The rounds vary between specialist subjects and general knowledge, quick-fire bell-and-buzzer rounds and the Highbrow and Lowbrow round, cunningly devised to test not only the students’ knowledge of current affairs, history, languages and science, but also their professors’ awareness of television, sport, and quite possibly Ed Sheeran.

In this series, the universities are Bournemouth, Imperial College, Reading, Durham, Ulster University and Mansfield College Oxford.

  • Producer: David Tyler
  • A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Orphans In Waiting

BBC Radio 4 Extra pays tribute to writer Wally K. Daly, who died on 30 April with a collection of works to demonstrate the breadth of his writing.

Wally penned Orphans in Waiting for the children’s slot at what was then Radio 5. It’s a six-part spy thriller. The heroes of the drama are three young children - Mike, Janey and Peter Jago - whose parents disappear overnight in strange circumstances. The youngsters eschew adult help and set out to solve the mystery themselves.

Stars Judy Bennett (The Archers), Abigail Docherty (Press Gang), Simon Radford (Soldier, Soldier) and Peter Jeffrey (Our Friends In The North).

This series was only made available when Wally offered-up his own personal cassettes for broadcast, as the original master tapes had been lost.

  • Producer: Dan Garrett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in 1990

 

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley

On tonight’s show there’ll be Driving Me Backwards, Anagram Sam and Russian Roulette, plus Parallel Parallel Universe with none other than Ms Kate Bush - it's treats galore.

The magazine Marc and Rob will be trawling through, with plenty of hindsight, is Melody Maker.

  • Presenter: Marc Riley
  • Producer: Michelle Choudhry for the BBC

Tuesday 30 June

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Ken Bruce

Ken's got another round of the legendary PopMaster music quiz and listeners’ dedications with today's love song. There's also the record and album of the week.

Plus, another chance to hear Kylie Minogue’s Tracks of My Years, with song choices today from John Farnham and Kate Bush.

To get in touch with the show email ken.bruce@bbc.co.uk

  • Presenter: Ken Bruce
  • Producer: Ricky Marshall for the BBC

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Free Thinking: Ian Rankin And Tahmima Anam

Writer Shahida Bari presents this evening’s episode, featuring crime writer Ian Rankin in conversation with author Tahmima Anam, as organised in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature and the Bradford Literature Festival - and New Generation Thinker Xine Yao looking at trends in science fiction writing.

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by the BBC with the Arts and Humanities Research Council to select ten academics each year who turn their research into radio.

  • Producer: Robyn Read
  • An R& M Production - Factual for BBC Radio 3

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

Suffer Little Children

Set in rural Austria. On her 18th birthday, an old woman recounts a life of sacrifice, and weighs up its value.

The Austrian production of this dark and disturbing play won best single drama in last year's Prix Europa.

The woman is played by Maggie Steed.

  • Written by Gabriele Kogl
  • Literal translation by Michael Hastik
  • Sound by Anne Bunting
  • Adapted and directed by Jessica Dromgoole for BBC Radio 4

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley

Come and play 12 Second Album and Anagram Sam - it'll be a laugh.

In a Parallel Universe Marc rectifies Rob’s desk malfunction before they discuss Kratfwerk making their debut British tour and there's music from The Ohio Players, Led Zeppelin and John Cale. Guess that year.

  • Presenter: Marc Riley
  • Producer: Michelle Choudhry for the BBC

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

In The Studio

Cellist Matthew Barley connects with composer and conductor team Eimear Noone and Craig Garfinkle as they race to complete a film score from their temporary lockdown studio in rural Ireland.

Eimear and Craig create soundscapes and soundtracks for feature films and video games, including the global hit World Of Warcraft. Early in 2020 Eimear and Craig and their two young children travelled from the US to Dublin to compose and record the score for the animated movie Two By Two: Overboard. They recorded the first half of the score in February but then the COVID-19 restrictions radically changed their plans. They had to leave Dublin with what little equipment they could carry and head to Eimear’s family home on the West Coast of Ireland.

With an out of tune piano, limited IT resources, no access to a recording studio or live musicians, and the delivery date looming, the pressure is on. From trying to write upbeat music at a moment of crisis, to managing the baby’s nap time and home schooling while working out the perfect chord progression for a scene of utopia, Craig and Eimear are navigating new territory. Will they do it?

All musical excerpts are courtesy of Moetion Films.

  • A Tandem production for the BBC World Service
  • Presenter/Reporter: Matthew Barley
  • Produced by Faith Waddell

The Documentary: Grandma Benches Of Zimbabwe

An innovative form of therapy is helping to solve the world's mental health crisis.

Presenter Kim Chakanetsa hears about an idea that starts with a grandmother on a wooden bench, under the shade of a tree in Zimbabwe. And now, in a world impacted by COVID-19, it has gone virtual and available to us all.

Zimbabwe has over 14 million people but fewer than 20 psychiatrists. Dr Dixon Chibanda is one of them. He saw that after years of economic turmoil, unemployment and HIV, mental health was a huge challenge for the country. When his appeal for nurses and a clinic were turned down, he saw the potential of grandmothers. Dixon believed that after a few weeks of simple training, grandmothers could become lay health workers for their communities and use a gentle form of cognitive behavioural or talking therapy. His simple idea of a Friendship Bench was born.

Lucia is one of the 700 grandmothers sitting on one of Dixon’s Friendship Benches. She has the time, wisdom and respect to help the people who come to her. She understands and often has direct experience of their problems.

The grandmothers have helped over 50,000 people across the country. Recent clinical trials found the Friendship Bench is more effective than conventional medical treatments. As a result Dixon has helped roll them out across the globe from tea plantations in Kenya, HIV clinics in Malawi to the streets, playgrounds and beaches of New York. He gets endless enquiries from around the world and was looking into Liberia, Rwanda and the UK when COVID-19 brought new challenges. As people are more isolated and anxious, Dixon explains how he is facing up to the pandemic, moving his idea online and giving the world access to a new virtual Friendship Bench.

  • Produced by Sarah Bowen for the BBC World Service.

Wednesday 1 July

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Ken Bruce

Ken's got another round of the legendary PopMaster music quiz and listeners’ dedications with today's love song. There's also the record and album of the week.

Plus, another chance to hear Kylie Minogue’s Tracks of My Years, with song choices today from Abba and Bruce Springsteen.

To get in touch with the show email ken.bruce@bbc.co.uk

  • Presenter: Ken Bruce
  • Producer: Ricky Marshall for the BBC

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Radio 3 In Concert: BBC Symphony Orchestra And Andrew Davis In Elgar, Yiu And Elkington

With the cancellation of live music events, BBC Radio 3 is giving listeners a chance to hear notable recently recorded concerts by the same ensembles who should have been heard in tonight's live programme.

As recorded in April 2018, Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus at the Barbican. The programme includes music by Elgar, and baritone Roderick Williams joins for the London Premiere of a song cycle by Raymond Yiu.

Presented by Martin Handley

Elgar: The Starlight Express (selections)*
Raymond Yiu: The World was Once All Miracle (London Premiere)+

20.15 Interval

20.35
Lilian Elkington: Out of the Mist
Elgar: The Spirit of England Op.80

Emma Tring (soprano)*
Roderick Williams (baritone)*
Andrew Staples (tenor) +
BBC Symphony Chorus +
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

  • Producer: Ann McKay
  • Radio 3 Production Symphony Orchestra for BBC Radio 3

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

Positive Thinking

Sangita Myska goes in search of the innovators who think they hold the key to improving the way we live.

From work to housing, from education to health, from the environment to the economy, Myska takes a deep dive into some of the biggest problems facing Britain today - and meets the people whose big ideas might solve them.

  • Producer: Sarah Shebbeare for BBC Radio 4

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Dilemma

Sue Perkins puts four guests through the moral and ethical wringer.

Dilemma examines the choices we are bombarded by in Britain today, as well as some more hypothetical problems. Salad or chips? Do you buy local produce or from co-ops in Africa? Would you rather live in perfect happiness for ten years or general contentment for thirty? This is a panel show in which there are no ‘right’ answers - just very revealing ones.

Dilemma is designed to get witty individuals sparking off one another. This episode features comedians Dave Gorman and Richard Herring, actress and writer Rebecca Front, and journalist Dominic Lawson. They discuss such quandaries as ‘would you provide an alibi to someone you hate?’ and ‘at a family gathering, would you confront an elderly relative about their casual racism?’ They also debate the relative merits of Silvio Berlusconi, Vlad the Impaler, L. Ron Hubbard and Amanda Holden.

Dilemma was devised by award-winning stand-up and writer Danielle Ward.

  • Producer: Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley

Music Journalist Rob Hughes brings in a copy of the NME from 1987 to discuss and Marc plays music from The Gun Club, Public Enemy and The Meat Puppets.

  • Presenter: Marc Riley
  • Producer: Michelle Choudhry for the BBC

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

Miriam And Youssef

1948. The British leave Palestine. From Tel Aviv, David Ben Gurion makes a speech declaring the birth of the state of Israel.

The Jewish community rejoices. Almost immediately the new state comes under attack from neighbouring Arab states. Miriam is tired of the conflict and dedicates herself to life in the kibbutz. Youssef meanwhile finds one of his young nieces alone in an orphanage. He travels with her to Jordan and the home of his friend.

From the team behind The Fall of the Shah, Miriam and Youssef is by acclaimed writer Steve Waters. Produced by Radio Drama London for the BBC World Service.

Thursday 2 July

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Ken Bruce

Ken's got another round of the legendary PopMaster music quiz and listeners’ dedications with today's love song. There's also the record and album of the week.

Plus, another chance to hear Stevie Nicks’ Tracks of My Years, with song choices today from Dee-Lite and James Bay.

To get in touch with the show email ken.bruce@bbc.co.uk

  • Presenter: Ken Bruce
  • Producer: Ricky Marshall for the BBC

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Bristow

BBC Radio 4 Extra marks what would have been actor Michael Williams’ 85th birthday.

Liverpool-born Michael Williams was a much-respected actor. Married to Dame Judi Dench until his death in 2001, his film credits include Educating Rita and, on television, A Fine Romance, in which he co-starred with his wife. On radio, he is best known for giving voice to the much-loved cartoon character, Bristow.

Frank Dickens’ creation was featured in over 10,000 cartoon strips over 51 years. The eponymous hero is a buying clerk for Chester-Perry, who takes the edge off his dull existence by fantasizing and plotting revenge on various colleagues.

In this opening episode of the first series, Bristow bemoans his life, having inherited his father's 'rubbish genes' and hopes to makes a killing when he learns that Chester Perry is making a takeover bid for Miles & Rudge, the rival firm across the street.

Also stars Rodney Bewes (The Likely Lads) and Dora Bryan (The Last Of The Summer Wine).

  • Written by Frank Dickens
  • Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1999

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley

Marc plays tracks by Elton John, Lou Reed, Pink Floyd and Curtis Mayfield on today's show.

  • Presenter: Marc Riley
  • Producer: Michelle Choudhry for the BBC

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

The Forum: Valkyries

In Norse mythology, Valkyries were women who crossed battlefields, picking out dead warriors who were heroic enough for Valhalla, Odin’s home in Asgard.

There they would train for the final apocalyptic confrontation of Ragnarök between gods and giants. Stories told how Norse fighters, axes raised, would see the Valkyries flying through the air or riding on horses with shields and helmets, some saving the lives and ships of those they favoured, some causing death to those they disliked.

Humans could develop doomed relationships with immortal Valkyries, as the mythical hero Siegfried did for the princess Brunhilda.

In this edition of the Forum, Bridget Kendal is joined by Sif Ríkharðsdóttir, Marianne Hem Eriksen and Judith Jesch, and together they explore the role of Valkyries and Valhalla in Norse myth - and what the stories reveal of the people who told them.

  • Produced by Simon Tillotson for the BBC World Service

Friday 3 July

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Ken Bruce

Ken's got another round of the legendary PopMaster music quiz and listeners’ dedications with today's love song. There's also the record and album of the week.

Plus, another chance to hear Stevie Nicks’ Tracks of My Years. Her final two song choices come from The Bee Gees and John Paul Young.

To get in touch with the show email ken.bruce@bbc.co.uk

  • Presenter: Ken Bruce
  • Producer: Ricky Marshall for the BBC

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Late Junction: Spoiler Alert

Tonight’s show - as presented by Verity Sharp - starts with an album of new compositions made entirely out of the final note of existing songs. The End Of Music by Morusque includes the endings from a pick and mix of original tracks which were selected randomly from his hard drive and then processed and composed into new forms.

Also on the programme we play vintage Sudanese Haqiba from Sharbahil Ahmed, the founding father of the Sudanese Jazz scene alongside new material from Julianna Barwick and Cucina Povera.

  • Producer: Alannah Chance
  • A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

Guilty Men

In 1940, with Britain apparently facing invasion, an anonymous book appeared, attacking the government's 'guilty men' - and caused uproar. Phil Tinline explores the benefits and pitfalls of naming and blaming, then and now.

In late May 1940, as reporters got back to Fleet Street with the first interviews with survivors of the Dunkirk evacuation, three journalists, one of them the young Michael Foot, met on the roof of the Express building in Fleet Street. They decided they had to find a way to attack the ministers who had sent "heroes" into battle without "a fair chance".

They planned to hammer out a book, and publish it anonymously. Guilty Men was written in four days, and rushed it into print in less than a month.

It caused outrage for its denunciation of the ministers charged with failing to prepare sufficiently for war, and was promptly banned by the main bookshops. This was great free publicity. By the end of the year, it had sold 200,000 copies.

The book was so successful it kicked off a series of attacks on the old guard which ran through the war. It did not succeed in driving the ‘guilty men’ from office. But it was crucial to establishing the idea that the 1930s was a time of government failure and timidity, driven by budgetary austerity, which brought the country to the brink of disaster - with ordinary people paying the price.

Yet there is a twist - the book was far too lenient on the journalists' boss, Lord Beaverbrook, and on left-wing anti-war sentiment in the 1930s, in which Foot himself played a part, and it has been attacked by historians as unfair and simplistic.

So, Phil asks, should Guilty Men just remind us that polemics are a vital way to call out those who have done great harm, and to get rid of old thinking? Or should it also warn us that they can land too much blame on some, let others off the hook - and don’t necessarily help us avoid repeating our mistakes?

Phil explores how this played out in the Brexit debate, and how it might now play out as we process the impact of COVID-19.

Contributors include: Peter Oborne, Anthony Seldon, Dominic Frisby, Steve Fielding

  • Presenter/Producer: Phil Tinline for BBC Radio 4

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Greyfriars

Ronald Frame’s crime thriller, set in Victorian Edinburgh, featuring the real-life faithful dog that guarded its master’s grave for fourteen years.

The hound in question became known as Greyfriar's Bobby and the master was John Gray, who served as an Edinburgh policeman for several years in the 1850s. Like many police officers on the beat at the time, if he wanted a dog, he had to provide his own. In this adventure written for radio, prize-winning author Ronald Frame follows the fortunes of newly recruited Gray and Bobby. With petty thieves at work in the High Street and a gang of ruthless house breakers at work in both the Old and New Town area of the city, the new recruits have their work cut out.

Stars Crawford Logan (Paul Temple) as Greyfriars Bobby, Paul Young (Still Game) as well as Kenny Blythe, Simon Tait and Gayanne Potter.

  • Producer: David Ian Neville

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Lauren Laverne

Actor Martin Freeman and Acid Jazz record label founder Eddie Piller take us to their Desert Island Disco, as they release their new Jazz On The Corner compilation

Listeners have the chance to get a tune played on the radio. Lauren will hand-pick something incredible from around the 6 Music schedule in Fantastic Beats & Where To Find Them, and she will play you something brand new that we love in While You Were Sleeping.

  • Presenter: Lauren Laverne
  • Producer: Mark Higgins for the BBC

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