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Saturday 1 September



Sounds Of The 60s

This week's BBC Session is by Fleetwood Mac and is taken from a late 1967 episode of Top Gear when the band played Baby Please Set A Date.

Brian honours requests put forward by listeners in the form of Marvin Gaye, Slim Harpo, The Sallyangie and Elvis Presley.

The programme also sees the introduction of a brand new feature, They Sang It First, which sees Brian playing a selection of well-known songs that were recorded by other artists before the release of the much more familiar hit version. Matthew's Southern Comfort kicks off this feature with their track I've Lost You, which was famously covered by Elvis Presley in 1970.

Presenter/Brian Matthew, Producer/Phil Swern for Unique

Pick Of The Pops

Tony Blackburn plays the biggest hits from this week in the charts of 1971 and 1984. With T-Rex, Nancy & Lee, Curtis Mayfield, Tina Turner, Miami Sound Machine and Spandau Ballet.

Presenter/Tony Blackburn, Producer/Phil Swern for Unique



Saturday Classics: Eric Whitacre

Following on from his debut Prom, Eric Whitacre introduces a selection of music that has been of particular inspiration to him.

Eric Whitacre is the first composer to have used social media to connect thousands of singers through YouTube across the world to perform his music.

In today's programme he chooses a few works that have helped inspire him as a composer, including the string quartet by Ravel which he studied whilst a student at the Julliard School of Music, a movement of a piano concerto by Mozart and Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony.

Presenter/Eric Whitacre, Producer/Rebecca Bean

BBC Proms: Cameron Carpenter

Cameron Carpenter, the young American organ virtuoso, brings his extraordinary manual and pedal dexterity to the organ of the Royal Albert Hall, in two concerts which explore the works of arguably the greatest organ composer, J S Bach.

Famous for his prodigious abilities and performance flair, Cameron Carpenter plays Bach both in its original form and as viewed through the prism of other composers, including himself: the concert includes his reworking of a Bach solo violin partita. Alongside it are a chorale prelude arranged for piano by Busoni, and Schoenberg's orchestral transcription of Bach's great St Anne Prelude and Fugue, re-imagined for organ by Cameron Carpenter.

Full Programme

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540

Partita No. 3 in E major for solo violin, BWV 1006 - excerpt (arr. C. Carpenter)

Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 536 (6 mins)

Chorale Prelude 'Nun freut euch, lieben Christen', BWV 734 (arr. Busoni/C. Carpenter)

Carpenter: Improvisation on B-A-C-H

J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552, 'St Anne' (arr. Schoenberg/C. Carpenter)


Cameron Carpenter (organ)

Presenter/Christopher Cook

Jazz Record Requests

Alyn Shipton's selection of listeners' requests includes music from the latest album by guitarist John Scofield, classic jazz from Fletcher Henderson and a rare disc by the obscure and short-lived pianist Garnet Clark. There's also British traditional jazz from Chris Barber and Ken Colyer and this week's Miles Davis selection.

Presenter/Alyn Shipton, Producer/James Parkin

Hear And Now

Ivan Hewett introduces works by Gavin Bryars, Thierry Pecou and Francois Narboni, recorded at a concert last May in King's Place, London, by Percussions Claviers de Lyon.

In the latest instalment of Hear And Now 50, Richard Bernas to celebrate Terry Riley's icon of musical minimalism and monument to the experimental atmosphere of 60's West Coast America, In C.

Full Programme

Gavin Bryars: At Portage and Main

Thierry Pecou: L'Arbre aux fleurs

Francois Narboni: Rigodon

Presenter/Ivan Hewett



All Lit Up: A Century Of Illumination In Blackpool

Laurence Llewelyn Bowen is creative curator of the Blackpool Illuminations. He attends the centenary Switch On and celebrates the architectural heritage of the first workers resort.

Blackpool's town motto is 'Progress'. In the past 150 years the combination of brilliant entrepreneurs and a town council keen to promote tourism turned Blackpool into the country's most popular seaside destination for working people - with annual visits topping 17 million at one time.

Examples of the town living up to its motto were the town's early adoption of electric street lighting and an electric tramway by the sea. This gave rise to the first Illuminations, 100 years ago.

Producer/Susan Marling for Just Radio Productions

South Downs

The much acclaimed Chichester Festival production of David Hare's play is brought to radio. It is set in the 60s in Lancing College, Sussex, where the author went to school.

A pin sharp young pupil, played by Alex Lawther, is cut off from his fellow boys by virtue of his own intellect, background and questioning spirit.

Director/Jeremy Herrin for Catherine Bailey Productions

John Cage: Composing Controversy

Celebrating the centenary of John Cage, one of the 20th Century's most controversial and exciting musicians.

English composer and protégé Gavin Bryars explores Cage's archive appearances to examine what lay behind the American's artistic personality and to consider how the reception of his work and ideas has changed.

Featuring contributions from Jean Paul Jones of Led Zepplin, Brian Eno, dancer Carolyn Brown and comedian Stewart Lee.

Producer/Phil Smith for Somethin' Else Productions



5 live Sport

Mark Pougatch presents 5 live Sport, with build-up to full football commentary from West Ham United v Fulham in the Premier League. Commentary on the match starts at 12.45pm, plus there will be updates from qualifying in the Belgian Grand Prix.

At 3.00pm there’s live football commentary from the Premier League and updates from all the other games in the top flight and across the Football League. Plus tennis updates from the US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York and reports from day three of the Paralympics in London.

In Sports Report from 5.00pm it’s the classified football results and reports with interview and reaction from players and managers.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producers/ Mike Carr

5 live Paralympics

Live coverage from the London 2012 Paralympics with Shelagh Fogarty. Catch-up on the day’s action plus live updates from the athletes track in the Olympic Stadium and swimming from the Aquatics Centre.

Presenter/Shelagh Fogarty, Producer/Mike Carr




Live Paralympic commentary from the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Saturday: 09.30-20.00 Live Paralympic commentary from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, featuring men’s wheelchair basketball.

Monday: 09.30-13.15 Live Paralympic commentary from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, featuring swimming and athletics.

Monday: 17.30-23.00 Live Paralympic commentary from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, featuring swimming and athletics.

Tuesday 09.30-13.40 Live Paralympic commentary from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, featuring swimming and athletics.

Tuesday: 17.30-22.00 Live Paralympic commentary from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, featuring swimming and athletics.

Wednesday: 09.30-13.00 Live Paralympic commentary from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, featuring swimming and athletics.

Thursday: 09.30-13.30 Live Paralympic commentary from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, featuring swimming and athletics.

Thursday: 17.30-23.00 Live Paralympic commentary from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, featuring swimming and athletics.

Friday: 09.30-12.30 Live Paralympic commentary from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, featuring swimming and athletics.

Friday: 17.30-22.30 Live Paralympic commentary from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, featuring swimming and athletics.

Producer/Simon Clancy


Uninterrupted tennis commentary from the US Open.

Saturday: 20.00-02.00 Uninterrupted tennis commentary from the US Open.

Sunday: 18.30-02.00 Uninterrupted tennis commentary from the US Open.

Monday: 23.00-02.00 Uninterrupted tennis commentary from the US Open.

Tuesday: 22.00-00.00 Uninterrupted tennis commentary from the US Open.

Wednesday: 22.30-01.15 Uninterrupted tennis commentary from the US Open.

Thursday: 23.00-02.00 Uninterrupted tennis commentary from the US Open.

Friday: 22.30-00.00 Uninterrupted tennis commentary from the US Open.

Producer/Simon Clancy




Swedish singer-songwriter and rapper Neneh Cherry curates her Most Played playlist, choosing her favourite songs from artists like Patti Smith, Burial and Terry Riley. Blending hip hop with other influences, Cherry experienced mainstream success with several of her recordings.

Nemone is also joined by actor and director Tony Hawks, who shares his things to do, see and hear in Culture Club.

Presenter/Nemone, Producer/Kate Cocker (Wise Buddah)



Your World: No Country For Old Women

In Ghana elderly women accused of witchcraft are being banished to remote camps, exiled from their homes, ostracised from their communities and left to fend for themselves - sometimes never again to see their families.

Kati Whitaker has been given rare access to Ghana’s 'witchcamps' where she has followed the fortunes of some of these women. Whitaker meets 82-year-old Samata as she arrives at the camp and undergoes ritual cleansing and 62-year-old Awabu, formerly a successful clothes seller, who now survives on the peelings from other people’s cooking. She also witnesses one lucky woman’s welcome return home...although not all are so fortunate. For those who protest their innocence their exile can be more like life imprisonment.

Whitaker steps inside two of these witchcamps to discover what life is really like for these women, and uncovers the many social, economic, religious and even psychological reasons why this is still happening in modern day Ghana. She also examines whether, far from being a throwback to traditional belief systems, a belief in witchcraft is an essential part of what it means to be a modern African.

Sunday 2 September



Radio 1Xtra Stories: Did UK Rap Predict The Riots?

BBC Radio 1’s Charlie Sloth investigates whether UK rappers' foreshadowed the riots of August 2011 within their lyrics.

With the help of key underground rappers such as English Frank, Mic Righteous, Scorcher, Logic and Plan B, Radio 1 finds out how UK Rap reflected the urban youth's state of mind leading up to August 2011.

The programme explores how common rap themes such as politics, personal pain and materialism all had a part to play and were reflected in the 2011 riots.

Presenter/Charlie Sloth, Producer/Joe Gardner for Somethin’ Else



Aled Jones With Good Morning Sunday

Aled Jones says Good Morning Sunday to former athlete Dame Tanni Grey Thompson and finds out what she thinks a Christian is. He also talks to her about her involvement in this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This week’s faith guest is Joel Edwards who will also be bringing the Moment of Reflection.

Presenter/Aled Jones, Producer/Janet McLarty

Sunday Half Hour

As a new academic year dawns, Diane Louise Jordan reflects on first day nerves, the opportunities that education affords and on God as the source of true wisdom.

This week’s music comes from Christ's Hospital, Horsham, West Sussex including Praise My Soul the King Of Heaven; I Danced In The Morning and Lord For The Years Your Love has Kept and Guided. Andrew Cleary is music director and the organist is Peter Dutton.

Presenter/Diane Louise Jordan, Producer/Simon Vivian



Sunday Morning

Rob Cowan's selection for Sunday morning gets under way with this week's Bach cantata, written for this Sunday in the Lutheran calendar: Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (Towards You Alone Lord Jesus Christ) BWV 33.

Rob then turns to music in which composers have dedicated their work to either a place or a person, with pieces by Ravel, Copland, Ysaye and Halffter.

Presenter/Rob Cowan

The Early Music Show

Catherine Bott profiles harpsichordist and conductor Harry Bicket, a regular conductor at Glyndebourne and the New York Metropolitan Opera and the current musical director of The English Concert, about his career and his recordings.

Music includes works by Handel, Bach, Pergolesi and Gluck in performances by Renée Fleming, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Susan Graham, Andreas Scholl and Elizabeth Watts.

Presenter/Catherine Bott

New Generation Artists

The last in the series of programmes featuring recordings by the BBC's New Generation Artists focuses on Jazz reeds player Shabaka Hutchings, who has an equal mastery of the classical canon.

As part of the BBC's commitment to developing and nurturing young talent, the NGA scheme was launched in the autumn of 1999. Now well into its second decade, the scheme has acquired the reputation of being a world leader for young art

Presenter/Clemency Burton-Hill

BBC Proms: Riccardo Chailly

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly perform Messiaen's 1964 memorial to the people who lost their lives in the two World Wars, Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum.

Together with the Turangalila Symphony, it is one of his most often performed orchestral works. In the second half they perform Mahler's 6th Symphony which is a similarly wide-ranging soundscape moving from death-portending hammer-blows to alpine cow-bells. It also contains one of Mahler's most glorious slow movements.

Full Programme

Messiaen: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum

Proms Plus Live Interval (see separate billing)

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor


Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

Presenter/Penny Gore

BBC Proms: Cameron Carpenter

In the second of two Proms, organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter continues to explore the music of J.S. Bach in works performed both as Bach originally wrote them, and as reconceived by Cameron Carpenter himself.

In the former category, this afternoon's Prom includes the well-known Fantasia and Fugue in G minor; in the latter, the famous Prelude and Fugue in D major, in a version cross-fertilised with the music of Gustav Mahler. And, in between, Cameron Carpenter demonstrates his prodigious abilities in that traditional organist's art, improvisation.

Full Programme

J. S. Bach: Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542

The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 - Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in G major, BWV 860

Improvisation on the Bourrée from Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009

J. S. Bach and Mahler, arr. C. Carpenter: Syncretic Prelude and Fugue in D major


Cameron Carpenter (organ)

Presenter/Christopher Cook

World Routes

Lucy Duran travels to the ancient capital of Nepal, Bhaktapur, in the Kathmandu Valley.

The seat of culture in Nepal, it's a city full of diverse traditional music. Today's programme includes exclusively recorded sessions by The Master Drummers of Nepal, a group of flute-playing farmers, and the temple singing group Chandeshwari Dapha.

Producer/James Parkin



The Reunion

Sue MacGregor revisits the infamous Poll Tax, precursor to Margaret Thatcher's downfall, and brings together those who designed it with those who opposed it.

Contributors are Lord Baker, who as Local Government Minister helped devise the Community Charge; Chris Brearley, one of the civil servants who worked on the legislation; David Magor, Assistant Treasurer of Oxford City Council; Danny Burns, who co-ordinated resistance to the tax in the South West; and Chris Moyers, who started up her own protest group near Edinburgh to oppose the Scottish poll tax.

Presenter/Sue MacGregor, Producer/Deborah Dudgeon for Whistledown Productions

The Grapes Of Wrath

John Steinbeck's seminal novel, set in 1930s America, tells the story of a family of economic migrants in search of a promised land. Dramatised by Donna Franceschild.

The cast includes Robert Sheehan as Tom, Zubin Varla as Preacher Casy, Michelle Fairley as Ma, Steven McNicol as Pa, Finn den Hertog as Al, Melody Grove as Rosasharn, Nicola Jo Cully as Ruthie, Nick Underwood as Connie and Jim Bryce as Grampa.

Director/Kirsty Williams for the BBC

Alex Horne Presents: The Horne Section Edinburgh Special

A one-off Edinburgh special of music and comedy from Alex Horne and his five-piece band. With special guests Al Murray and poet Tim Key.

Producer/Julia Mckenzie for the BBC

Comic Fringes

Comedian Mark Watson completes the line-up of literary comedians specially commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to write and perform their own short stories in front of an audience, recorded live at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Producer/Kirsteen Cameron for the BBC



Desert Island Discs Longplay: James Corden

An extended edition of the Desert Island Discs of the actor and writer of Gavin & Stacey, first broadcast in February 2012 on Radio 4.

Presented by Kirsty Young.

Hair In The Gate

The return of Clive Coleman's comedy about the ups and downs of a TV arts show. Series three.

Brian wants 'Arting About' to cover the Verona Opera Festival. New presenter Sheena wants to cover a Country Music Festival in Birmingham. Does she have an ulterior motive? Stars Rebecca Front and Geoffrey Whitehead. From November 1996.



5 live Sport

Russell Fuller is live from the Olympic Park for day four of the Paralympic Games.

From 1.00pm there’s live Formula 1 commentary from the Belgian Grand Prix.

At 2.30pm there are updates on the day’s sports news and build-up to Southampton v Manchester United in the Premier League. Live commentary on the match starts at 4.00pm.

Presenter/Russell Fuller, Producer/Mike Carr

5 live Paralympics

Live coverage from the London 2012 Paralympics with Shelagh Fogarty. Catch-up on the day’s action including cycling in the Velodrome, swimming in the Aquatics Centre and rowing from Eton Forney.

Presenter/Shelagh Fogarty, Producer/Mike Carr




Uninterrupted cricket commentary of the One Day International match, England v South Africa

Sunday: 10.00-18.30 Uninterrupted cricket commentary of the One Day International match, England v South Africa, live from Lord’s.

Wednesday: 13.45-22.30 Uninterrupted cricket commentary of the One Day International match, England v South Africa, live from Trent Bridge.

Producer/Simon Clancy



6 Mix

Legendary ambient producer Dr Alex Paterson from The Orb takes over the 6 Mix. He talks about collaborating with one of reggae's greatest pioneers, Lee Scratch Perry, for their forthcoming album The Observer In The Star House.

Founded by Dr Alex Paterson and Jimmy Cauty in 1988 The Orb became pioneers of ambient techno, forging their own chill-out sound after Cauty left to concentrate on his other band, the KLF.

Best known for their massive hits Little Fluffy Clouds and Perpetual Dawn, the band have continued to push the boundaries of electronic music over the last twenty years.

In this special programme, Alex takes to the 6 Mix decks for two hours to play music that has inspired the new album.

Producer/Lucy Madge

The First Time With Toris Amos

Matt Everitt talks to American pianist, singer-songwriter and composer Tori Amos.

In an insightful interview, Tori speaks about her religious upbringing, the impact that it had on her and how she discovered rock 'n' roll. She also discusses the massive global success of her first solo album Little Earthquakes in 1992 and the serious themes she has tackled in her songs. She also talks about working as a classical composer on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon record label and shares her thoughts on why there are so few female composers.

Presenter/Matt Everitt, Producer/Jax Combes

Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service

Pulp frontman and solo artist Jarvis Cocker is back with a new series of his Sunday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music.

Presenter/Jarvis Cocker, Producer/Adam Dineen

Monday 3 September



Radio 1 Stories: Night Time With The xx

The xx’s debut album was one of 2009’s freshest, most intimate and mesmerizing releases. For nearly two years Radio 1’s Huw Stephens has been granted exclusive access to the musical world of this very private band as they’ve gone about making their follow-up album Coexist.

The xx debut album helped the band to evolve from underground sensation to mainstream acclaim, both at home and across the globe.

It started when four teenagers (soon to be a three-piece) from south London, just about to reach their 20th (xx) year, put out an album at odds with just about everything else out there. It wasn’t big, bold or brassy. It was sparse, quiet and a little shy. But it was magnetic and soulful and burrowed under the skin of many new music fans and won the 2010 Mercury Music Prize. Tracks were covered by Shakira and Gorillaz, they became the soundtrack to the 2010 Winter Olympics and were sampled by Rihanna. The NME called it ‘nothing less than stunning’.

Huw meets them at their rehearsal studio in East London and at their new, specially-chosen recording space in north-east London, amongst the makeshift vocal booths, skateboard beat-machines and steel drums. Much of their first album was written separately, communicating by ichat and recorded in the middle of the night. So what has changed with this album and how self-conscious have they become now they know the whole world is listening?

As the band unveil their new material to Huw, he also hears from some of their fans eagerly awaiting the new album at their first intimate live gigs. Plus famous fans and collaborators including Florence Welch, Drake, Micachu and Kwes add their thoughts about the magnetic appeal of the band and why so many of us have made them our late-night soundtrack.

Presenter/Huw Stephens, Producer/Rebecca Maxted for Wise Buddah



Charlie Sloth's New Drive Time Show

Charlie Sloth starts his brand new Drive Time show from 4-7pm on BBC Radio 1Xtra, filled with new music, pranks, comedy and freestyles.

Expect Charlie’s many different comedic characters to make an appearance, as well as high profile music artists, celebrities and his regular feature You Got Slothed. Plus more 1Xtra DJ’s, music artists and celebrities getting pranked.



Big Band Special

Clare Teal presents the BBC Big Band in session with conductor Jay Craig.

Music this week will include swing rarities from Jan Savitt, 720 in the Books; Raymond Scott, In an 18th Century Drawing Room; and Billy May, Poet and Peasant Overture.

Presenter/Clare Teal, Producer/Bob McDowall

Out Of The Shadows

Richard Hawley presents a celebration of The Shadows, arguably one of the most influential British groups of all.

As George Harrison pithily observed, 'no Shadows, no Beatles'.

On the 50th anniversary of the release of their second LP, Out Of The Shadows, Richard Hawley looks back at their lengthy career.

From their beginnings in Newcastle Upon Tyne, as part of the skiffle boom, the documentary traces their development from Cliff Richard's backing group through to their own headlining status in the 1960s, when they became the first band to simultaneously top the singles, EP and LP charts.

The programme examines how their highly influential sound evolved alongside their move from being young rock'n'roll upstarts to becoming members of a light entertainment establishment, before a subsequent late career rennaissance.

Featuring newly sourced interviews with Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett, the documentary also features contributions from one time members Brian 'Licorice' Locking and Alan Hawkshaw as well as Jeff Beck, one of a generation of British guitarists influenced by the group.

Presenter/Richard Hawley, Producer/Henry Lopez Real

Jools Holland

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Section welcome the multi-talented English songwriter and musician Graham Gouldman into his studio for music, conversation and a unique performance.

Presenter/Jools Holland, Producer/Sarah Gaston



Composer Of The Week: John Adams

Donald Macleod talks this week to America's most frequently performed living composer, John Adams.

In Monday’s programme Donald looks at pieces influenced by life on the West Coast, from one of his earliest works, Shaker Loops, written in a beach house in San Francisco, to a symphony written in his current studio in the mountains.

In Tuesday’s programme, Adams talks to Donald Macleod about the influence of Ives on his music, including two works which reference his early life and a work for choir, orchestra and pre-recorded sounds, On the Transmigration of Souls, written to commemorate the victims of September 11th. Initially uneasy about writing a work in which he was called on to address national mourning, here too he drew inspiration from Ives' work, this time the The Unanswered Question, which Adams describes as a 'quiet spirit behind the piece'.

On Wednesday, Donald explores Adams' works that were written on a more intimate scale. In conversation with the composer, Donald Macleod looks at a 'virtuoso monstrosity' - the sequel to his Chamber Symphony, one of his earliest pieces for tape and strings, and his recent string quartet. They discuss the traces of Schoenberg, Ives and Duke Ellington that can be heard in Adams' music.

On Thursday, the composer talks about some of his journeys in sound, about comparisons that have been made between himself and Copland and about the current health of American contemporary music. We hear a piece named after an actual truck stop high up in the Sierra Nevada in California, Hallelujah Junction.

In the last of this week's programmes, Adams talks to Donald Macleod about his stage works. He discusses his feelings about the furore over the first performances of The Death of Klinghoffer more than 20 years ago, the kind of subjects he considers suitable for operatic treatment, and whether he will write another one.

Proms Chamber Music

French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs music by compatriot Claude Debussy in the 150th anniversary of his birth.

A meticulous interpreter and brilliant technician, Pierre-Laurent Aimard is a familiar face at the Proms. In this final Proms Chamber Music of the season he turns his attention to the revolutionary piano works of Debussy.

Full Programme

Debussy: Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon



Préludes - Book 2

Presenter/Clemency Burton-Hill

BBC Proms: Desert Island Discs

Suzy Klein and Kirsty Young present this Prom, which celebrates 70 years of the popular Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs.

Some castaways make guest appearances explaining their choices, which will be performed by a star-studded line-up of soloists. Music includes excerpts from Beethoven's Emperor Concerto played by Peter Donohoe, Elgar Cello Concerto with soloist Nicholas Alstaedt, Eric Coates's Sleepy Lagoon and Dambusters March.

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Nicholas Alstaedt (cello)

Peter Donohoe (piano)

Wayne Marshall (organ)

Sir Willard White (bass-baritone)

Huddersfield Choral Society

BBC Concert Orchestra

Conductor Keith Lockhart

Presenter/Suzy Klein

The Lebrecht Interview: John Adams

Norman Lebrecht talks to the American composer and conductor John Adams in the same week that he conducts his opera Nixon in China at the BBC Proms.

Adams, who was born in Massachusetts, is one of the most celebrated composers alive. His operas include Nixon in China, the Death of Klinghoffer and his opera about Robert Oppenheimer, Doctor Atomic, all of which he talks about in this interview.

Adams also talks about his early years learning the clarinet, imagining music in his mind as he did his paper round, starting to conduct and compose, and meeting Leonard Bernstein. They also discuss Adams’ experiences with the US Homeland security.

Presenter/Norman Lebrecht, Producer/Tony Cheevers



15 Minute Drama: Dissolution

C J Sansom's bestselling Tudor crime novel, adapted for radio by Colin MacDonald.

Hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake (Jason Watkins) is sent by Cromwell (Mark Bonnar) to investigate the killing of a King's Commissioner at a monastery on the Kent coast.

Produced and directed by Kirsteen Cameron for the BBC

Journey Of A Lifetime

Winner of this year's dream travel project Jaswinder Jhalli visits the gauchos of Argentina and discovers how their image matches the reality of today's horsemen.

Each year, the Royal Geographical Society organises a competition in association with BBC Radio 4 to discover the most imaginative and exciting dream travel project.

Producer/Simon Elmes for the BBC

Everyone Quite Likes Justin

Sitcom by Justin Moorhouse and Jim Poyser, starring Justin, Anne Reid and Paul Copley.

A Manchester DJ juggles work, life, love and everything else - without much success.

Justin's still living with his father-in-law, still working with his ex-wife and still calling on his gran for her words of wisdom. This week he also has to cope with not having a plus one to bring to his school reunion.

Recorded in front of an audience in Manchester.

Producer/Steven Canny for the BBC

The New Elizabethans

The final week of the series will feature Tony Blair, Fred Goodwin, Rupert Murdoch, Simon Cowell and Queen Elizabeth II.

Presenter/James Naughtie, Producer/James Cook for the BBC

Afternoon Drama: Craven - Looking For Mr King

DCI Craven (Maxine Peake) returns. A well-groomed body is found in a beauty spot, capturing much media attention.

Craven is written by Amelia Bullmore and produced by an all-female team from Manchester.

Producer/Justine Potter for Red Production Company

Round Britain Quiz

A return of radio's longest-running quiz. Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair to welcome the regular panellists from six regions and nations of the UK, who'll be spending the next three months trying to solve the programme's trademark cryptic cultural conundrums.

As always, the programme features a generous helping of questions suggested by listeners. The questions are available on the programme's website each week, as is a special 'teaser' question to exercise listeners' brain-cells between broadcasts.

Presenter/Tom Sutcliffe, Producer/Paul Bajoria for the BBC

Mr Jupitus In The Age Of Steampunk

Ever encountered a person with flying goggles, clad in tweeds and clutching a mahogany laptop or brass smartphone on a chain? Phill Jupitus investigates the time-travelling cult known as Steampunk - an era where the 19th and 21st centuries charmingly collide.

Travelling back to the steam-powered future, Phill discovers a cast of modern characters - engineers, scientists, writers, artists and inventors - taking their inspiration from the Victorian and Edwardian arts and sciences and the fiction of H.G. Wells.

Featuring Dr Chandrika Nath from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology; consultant radiologist Dr Adrian Thomas; comedian Andrew O'Neill; science fiction author, Adam Roberts and lecturer in 19th Century Literature, Dr Christine Ferguson.

Presenter/Phill Jupitus, Producer/Tamsin Hughes for Testbed Productions



Arthur And George

The first episode of the Booker shortlisted novel, which unravels the true story of how Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle became the champion of a young solicitor who was the victim of an appalling miscarriage of justice.

Read by Clive Merrison (From October 2005).



5 live Paralympics

Shelagh Fogarty and John Inverdale are live from the London Paralympics with updates from the wheelchair tennis, 7-a-side football and archery.

Presenters/Shelagh Fogarty/ John Inverdale

Producer/Mike Carr

5 live Sport

Mark Chapman presents the Monday Night Club and is joined by John Matson, Steve Claridge and journalist Ian McGarry to discuss and debate all the latest issues on and off the football pitch. Plus the latest from day five of the Paralympics in London with John Inverdale.

From 9.00pm Mark Clemmit discusses the Football League with a focus on who’s making the headlines in the Championship and Football Leagues One and Two.

At 9.30pm it’s the Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show, with Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan discussing domestic and international cricket, plus a look ahead to the England v South Africa One Day International at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

Presenters/Mark Chapman/ John Inverdale/ Mark Clemmit/ Phil Tufnell/ Michael Vaughan

Producer/ Mike Carr



Lauren Laverne

Lauren welcomes 20-piece alternative female choir Gaggle into the studio to perform tracks from their debut album From The Mouth Of The Cave.

Presenter/Lauren Laverne, Producer/Lisa Kenlock

Marc Riley

Marc is joined by musical pioneer Malka Spigel for a live session. Having fallen into music and art as a Tel-Aviv exile in Amsterdam back in the early 80s, Malka co-founded Minimal Compact, a band that pioneered post-punk and punk-funk music and gained a large audience across the world.

She then went on to form Githead with her husband Colin Newman, who was in iconic punk band The Wire. Malka now creates amazing music under her own name.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudrey

Tuesday 4 September



Jamie Cullum

Jamie features one of his favourite artists from last year - the Norwegian singer Ane Brun. She is in session at the BBC Maida Vale Studios with her full live band, showcasing songs from her latest album It All Starts With One.

Ane Brun was exposed to a lot of jazz music through her town's annual jazz festival where she grew up. Listening to artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Charles Mingus and seeing jazz improvisation live on stage had a strong influence on her own music.

Presenter/Jamie Cullum, Producer/Karen Pearson for Folded Wing

Nigel Ogden: The Organist Entertains

This week features organs from around the Manchester area.

Listeners will get to hear music from Leeds and Bolton Town Hall, and from a couple of famous Wurlitzers that used to live in Manchester's Odeon and Gaumont cinemas.

Presenter/Nigel Ogden, Producer/Terry Carter

David Frost: Hollywood Greats

Sir David Frost talks to the Oscar-winning actress and Broadway star Shirley MacLaine.

Shirley gives a frank account of her early days, from her big break as a stand-in for actress Carol Haney and the huge success of films such as Sweet Charity and Irma La Douce.

With hilarious clarity she also recalls meeting Alfred Hitchcock for the first time (remarking that he looked like a ball) and her crush on 'Rat Pack' stalwart Dean Martin.

Presenter/David Frost, Producer/Carmela DiClemente



BBC Proms 2012: Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra

The St Louis Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut under Music Director David Robertson. Brahms's dramatic overture opens the programme, followed by Beethoven's challenging and energetic Violin concerto.

These two composers are at the pinnacle of Western music, and the next composer, Schoenberg, venerated both of them. He argued that his own new way of composing followed logically on from these greats.

Full Programme

Brahms: Tragic Overture , Op. 81

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major

8.40pm Twenty Minutes: N'er Cast A... (see separate billing)

9.00pm Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16

Gershwin: An American in Paris


Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

St Louis Symphony

David Robertson

Presenter/Katie Derham

Jazz On 3

Jez Nelson presents new rock-improv quartet Collider in an exclusive session.

Describing themselves as a 'completely improvised bludgeon to the ears', Collider brings together four members of the Leeds Improvised Music Association collective.

Presenter/Jez Nelson, Producer/ Peggy Sutton & Phil Smith

Late Junction

Max Reinhardt presents.

On Tuesday, Max Reinhardt presents with music performed by Compagnie El Hashemi Nhass, the Aurora Orchestra and Catherine-Anne MacPhee.

On Thursday, Max Reinhardt presents a compact edition with a selection that includes Belmondo's Lip by Don Byron, A suite for Toy Piano by John Cage, a Juliette Greco classic by Si Tu T'imagines and An African street Parade by Abdullah Ibrahim.

Presenter/Max Reinhardt



The Life Scientific

Jim Al-Khalili meets Professor Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist and writer of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion.

Producers/Anna Buckley and Geraldine Fitzgerald for the BBC

Saving Species

Saving Species returns for another year of live broadcasting on the world of wildlife conservation, presented by Brett Westwood.

The first programme will look back at the summer of 2012, one of the wettest on record. Has this affected our wildlife? The programme look at some of the winners and losers in the battle for survival.

Presenter/Brett Westwood, Producer/Sheena Duncan for the BBC Natural History Unit

The Kitchen Cabinet: Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Jay Rayner presents a special edition of the food panel show, recorded in front of a live audience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Producer/Robert Abel for Somethin’ Else Productions

And Now An Urgent SOS Message...

Eddie Mair tells of the SOS Message Service, which ran for more than 70 years on BBC Radio.

He hears from listeners whose lives were dramatically changed through the SOS service. These short messages were transmitted regularly on The Home Service, and later Radio 4, for much of the 20th century. They appealed for relatives of dying people, often on holiday and thus, before mobile phones and internet cafes, un-contactable, to return home before it was too late.

Eddie invited readers of his Radio Times column to send in their recollections of the SOS Message Service, and little did the PM Presenter expect such a rich response of vivid memories, first person experiences and in one case, unexpected consequences as a result of the broadcast.

The SOS Service was the vision of John Reith, the first General Manager and later Director General of the BBC. But at its heart was the listener, as Eddie reveals.

Producers/Jo Coombs and Stewart Henderson for Loftus Audio



5 live Paralympics

Shelagh Fogarty and John Inverdale are live from the London Paralympics, with coverage of the semi-finals and finals in archery.

Presenters/Shelagh Fogarty/ John Inverdale

Producer/Mike Carr

5 live Sport

Mark Pougatch has all the day’s sports news, with updates from the Paralympics on day six of the Games with John Inverdale.

From 8.30pm there are updates of all the day’s sports news and interviews.

In 5 live Golf at 9.30pm Iain Carter looks ahead to the Ryder Cup, which gets underway on the 28 September, plus all the latest from the Paralympic Games.

Presenters/Mark Pougatch/John Inverdale/Iain Cater

Producer/Mike Carr



Joe Strummer's London Calling

This special series presented by Clash frontman Joe Strummer is being repeated nine years after his sad death at the age of 50. Recorded for the BBC World Service in 2000, the programmes contain a diverse mixture of music from Joe’s DJ box - everything from songs by Jamaican toaster Big Youth and hits by Bob Dylan to The Ramones, Nina Simone, Bo Diddley and Jimmy Reed.

Producer/Frank Wilson, originally produced by Simon Barnett

Lauren Laverne

Brooklyn-based indie rock band Grizzly Bear join Lauren in the studio for a live session, playing tracks from their new album Shields. The band’s sound has been categorised as psychedelic pop, folk rock, and experimental and is dominated by the use of vocal harmonies.

Presenter/Lauren Laverne, Producer/Lisa Kenlock

Marc Riley

Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit join Mark in the studio. They have supported Jack White on his European tour, played numerous festivals including Glastonbury and collaborated with one of their biggest influences - Conor Oberst.

Their debut EP Drunken Trees was released in 2008 and since then they have released two albums, 2009's home-recorded The Big Black And The Blue and this year's full band follow-up, The Lion's Roar. The latter has stayed in the Swedish Top 10 for 15 consecutive weeks.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudrey

Wednesday 5 September



Listen To The Band

This week’s programme includes performances by some of the best bands in the land and a brand new test piece, Electra by Martin Ellerby.

Presenter Frank Renton will also be featuring music and comment from last weekend's 120th British Open Brass Band Championships.

Presenter/Frank Renton, Producer/Terry Carter



Choral Evensong

Choral Evening Prayer from Neresheim Abbey, Southern Germany, sung by the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Choir.

Order of Service

Organ Prelude in E (Johann Fischer)

Introit: God be in my head (Hilary Campbell)

Initium: Deus in adjutorium (Giovanni Croce)

Psalms: Beatus vir, De profundis, Domine non est exaltatum, Laudate Dominum (plainsong)

Reading: Romans 8 vv28-32, 38-39

Responsorium: In nomine Jesu (Jacob Handl)

Homily: The Revd Sub-Prior Fr Gregor Hammes OSB

Office Hymn: Hail, gladdening light (Charles Wood)

Magnificat on the eighth tone (David Bevan)

Prayers and Lord's Prayer (Bernard Rose)

Anthem: Eternal Father (Charles Villiers Stanford)

Chorale: Nun saget Dank und Lob den Herren

Organ Postlude: Cannonade (Claude Balbastre)

Celebrant: The Very Revd Prior Fr Albert Knebel OSB

Director of Music: Patrick Russill

Organists: Alexander Binns, Peter Holder

BBC Proms: John Adams

John Adams conducts his stunning opera Nixon in China, with a star-studded cast, the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Alice Goodman's poetic libretto is based on Richard and Pat Nixon's historic three-day visit to China in 1972. The score pounds eclectically with nods to Broadway and rock, Minimalism and Igor Stravinsky, but there's no mistaking the identity of the composer who conducts tonight, or the colour and brilliance of one of the most iconic works of our time.

Full Programme

Adams: Nixon in China - Act I

Proms Plus Intro: Political context of Nixon in China (see separate billing)

Adams: Nixon in China - Act II

Twenty Minutes: Gods, Lovers and American Presidents (see separate billing)

Adams: Nixon in China - Act III


Madame Mao ..... Kathleen Kim (soprano)

Chairman Mao ..... Alan Oke (tenor)

Chou En-lai ..... Gerald Finley (bass-baritone)

President Nixon ..... Robert Orth (baritone)

Pat Nixon ..... Jessica Rivera (soprano)

Kissinger ..... James Rutherford (bass)

First Secretary to Mao ..... Stephanie Marshall (mezzo-soprano)

Second Secretary to Mao ..... Louise Poole (mezzo-soprano)

Third Secretary to Mao ..... Susan Platts (mezzo-soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Singers

John Adams (conductor)

Mark Grey (sound director)

Paul Curran (stage director)

Presenter/Martin Handley




Hy-Brasil is a phantom island which features in many Irish myths. The island is said to be cloaked in mist except for one day every seven years, when it becomes visible but still cannot be reached. It appears on a map in 1325 off the south west coast of Ireland. Despite the failure of so many attempts to find it, there exist sketches of this island, circular in shape with a river running east to west across its diameter.

Written and narrated by Paul Evans with sound recordings by Chris Watson, Hy-Brasil is the story of a journey across a sea of imagination in search of this phantom isle.

Producer/Sarah Blunt for the BBC



5 live Paralympics

Shelagh Fogarty and John Inverdale are live from the London Paralympics, with updates from the individual time trials in the cycling road race and coverage of the men’s quad double finals in wheelchair tennis.

Presenters/Shelagh Fogarty/John Inverdale

Producer/Mike Carr

5 live Sport

Mark Pougatch presents the day’s sport news and John Inverdale has all the action from the Olympic Park on day seven of the Paralympic Games. Plus cricket updates from Trent Bridge as England take on South Africa in the fifth One Day International and tennis updates from Jonathan Overend at the US Open in New York.

Presenters/Mark Pougatch/ John Inverdale/ Jonathan Overend

Producer/Mike Carr



5 live NFL

Coverage from the NFL.

Producer/Simon Crosse for USP

Thursday 6 September



Benny Goodman: King Of Swing

American singer-songwriter Curtis Stigers remembers the clarinettist and bandleader Benny Goodman in his centenary year.

One of the finest clarinet players in the world, Goodman practised his art at the highest levels in both jazz and classical music. He was a bandleader who strove for and achieved perfection through tireless rehearsals of the various jazz ensembles he created over the decades. He was also a complex man, prone to unpredictability, who overcame an impoverished upbringing and the early death of his father to become The King Of Swing.

Presenter/Curtis Stigers, Producer/Graham Pass



BBC Proms 2012: Vienna Philharmonic

One of the great musical partnerships is celebrated tonight, as the pianist Murray Perahia joins conductor Bernard Haitink and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Beethoven's fourth piano concerto. After the interval, Bruckner's last symphony is performed.

Full Programme

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major

Twenty Minutes: Incident on Lake Geneva

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D minor


Murray Perahia (piano)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

Presenter/Martin Handley

BBC Proms

A late night Prom with the Congolese street band Staff Benda Bilili who are joined by the rapper Baloji.

Staff Benda Bilili, a group of paraplegic street musicians and ex-street kids from the Democratic Republic of Congo, are one of the most inspiring success stories in the global music scene.

They live around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa and make music rooted in Soukous (or African rumba) with elements of old-school rhythm and blues, reggae and funk. In this late night Prom they perform material from their latest release Bouger Le Monde, and also join forces with the Congolese-born and Belgian-educated rapper Baloji, who mixes old and cutting-edge sounds with bitingly modern lyrics.

Presenter/Mary Ann Kennedy



Two Episodes Of Mash

A new four-part series packed full of silly, surreal humour, with Diane Morgan, Joe Wilkinson and David O'Doherty.

A series of pilots showcasing the best new comic talent around, the programme was a stand-out success of BBC Radio 2's 2010 Comedy Showcase. The broadcast pilot was followed by a critically acclaimed four-part series for Radio 2 in October 2011.

An online animation of one of the sketches will be available on the Radio 4 website just before transmission at

Producer/Clair Wordsworth for the BBC



5 live Paralympics

Shelagh Fogarty and John Inverdale are live from the London Paralympics, covering the morning’s action in the athletics and cycling road race.

Presenters/Shelagh Fogarty/ John Inverdale

Producer/Mike Carr

5 live Sport

John Inverdale is live from the Olympic Park on day eight of competition at the Paralympic Games, with sports news, commentary and updates throughout the evening.

Presenter/John Inverdale, Producer/Mike Carr



The Radcliffe And Maconie Show

Music critic Barney Hoskyns joins Mark and Stuart to talk about Led Zeppelin.

Presenter/Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie, Producer/Lizzie Hoskins

Marc Riley

Warrington's Baltic Fleet join Marc in the studio for a session. Baltic Fleet is the solo project of Paul Flemming, drawing on a range of influences, including Eno, Doves, NEU!, Sigur Ros and DJ Shadow. The self-titled debut was recorded whilst Paul was on a world tour playing keyboards for Echo & The Bunnymen. Last month Paul released his long awaited follow-up album, Towers.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudrey

Friday 7 September



BBC Proms: Bernard Haitink

Bernard Haitink conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in music by Haydn and Strauss, two composers with whom both he and the orchestra have an unrivalled affinity.

Whilst Haydn's last symphony, written whilst the composer was living in London, was an instant critical and commercial success, Strauss's work was less enthusiastically received until dedicated interpreters such as Haitink arrived to change all that.

Full Programme

Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major, 'London'

Twenty Minutes: Proms Plus Literary (see separate billing)

R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony


Bernard Haitink

Vienna Philharmonic

Presenter/Martin Handley



Hearing Ragas

Violinist Paul Robertson's remarkable story of the Indian ragas he heard from within a coma and the healing effect that John Tavener's music had on his recovery.

Including music by Sir John Tavener, a soundtrack by Simon Hall and Sanchita Pal singing Ragas. There will be a longer version of this programme available on Listen Again at the time of TX and a chance for listeners to hear more of the conversation between Paul and John Tavener on the programme's web page.

Producer/Rosie Boulton for the BBC

The News Quiz

A satirical review of the week's news, chaired by Sandi Toksvig. Panellists are Jeremy Hardy, Fred Macaulay, Sarah Millican and Justin Edwards.

Producer/Lyndsay Fenner for the BBC



5 live Paralympics

Shelagh Fogarty and John Inverdale are live from the London Paralympics, with coverage of the table tennis and javelin finals.

Presenters/Shelagh Fogarty/ John Inverdale

Producer/Mike Carr

5 live Sport

Mark Pougatch has the day’s sports news and build-up to live football commentary from Moldova v England in a 2014 World Cup qualification match.

Live commentary of Moldova v England starts at 7.45pm, with updates from Russia v Northern Ireland and Wales v Belgium. Plus the latest from the Paralympic Games with John Inverdale.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch/ John Inverdale

Producer/Mike Carr

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