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Saturday 16 June

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Saturday Breakfast with Dermot

Jason Donovan pops in to chat to Dermot about his Amazing Midlife Crisis Tour and the new stage show musical of War Of The Worlds.

In his tour Jason is in conversation and shares highlights and challenges from the last four decades: as a star of stage and screen, a radio DJ, an actor, a performer, a friend, father, husband, brother, son and confirmed National Treasure. Later this year, Jason tours arenas around the UK with War Of The Worlds, which he stars in alongside Carrie Hope Fletcher.

  • Presenter: Dermot O’Leary
  • Producer: Ben Walker for Ora et Labora Ltd

Graham Norton

Graham hosts a vibrant Saturday mix of music and celebrity chat.

On today’s show he is joined by Years & Years vocalist Olly Alexander, and the author David Hewson, plus there’s more Grill Grahams with Maria McErlane.

In 2015 Years & Years debut studio album Communion went to Number 1 in the UK Albums Chart and their biggest hit single, King, reached Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart.

British author David Hewson is a writer of mystery novels. His books have been translated into multiple languages around the world and his Shakespeare adaptations have been shortlisted for America’s coveted Audie Awards.

  • Presenter: Graham Norton
  • Producer: Malcolm Prince for the BBC

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Between the Ears - Omay

In the 1980s a young anthropologist entered the Amazon rainforest to try to find - and live among - a previously uncontacted tribe, the Huaorani, much feared by neighbouring communities. Laura’s only companion on her trip was her nine year-old daughter, Emilia.

Venturing deep into the forest Laura and Emilia found the group and lived on their fringes for months. But with the Huaorani initially hostile and refusing to engage, Emilia became increasingly ill. It was at this point that Laura faced a life-defining decision: leave the forest with her daughter or send her away and stay alone. Eventually deciding to stay, Laura spent the next two years with the tribe, recording her entire experience.

Laura tells her story against the backdrop of a binaural immersive forest soundscape, recorded by multi award-winning sound designer Gareth Fry and her own taped recordings from deep in the Amazon.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - The Forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century Romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • A Phantom Productions production for BBC Radio 3

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

Wild Honey

David Tennant stars in Michael Frayn’s adaptation of the riotous Chekhov comedy. Everyone loves Platonov - but who does he really love? Perhaps it’s only himself.

Wild Honey contains a cornucopia of characters and themes, covering sexual comedy, morality, melodramatics, the state of contemporary Russia and a hint of tragedy.

Village schoolmaster Platonov has it all - wit, intelligence, a comfortable and respectable life in provincial Russia, and the attentions of four beautiful women - one of whom is his devoted wife. As summer arrives and the seasonal festivities commence, the rapidly intensifying heat makes everyone giddy with sunlight, vodka and passion.

Cast (in order of appearance):

Dr Triletzky…..Elliot Levey
Anna Petrovna…..Sasha Behar
Porfiry Semyonovich Glagolyev…..Christian Rodska
Sergey…..John Hollingworth
Colonel Triletzky…..Rupert Vansittart
Sofya…..Eva Feiler
Marko…..Nigel Cooke
Marya Yefimovna Grekova…..Prisca Bakare
Platonov…..David Tennant
Sasha…..Olivia Darnley
Gerasim Kuzmich Petrin…..Ben Onwukwe
Osip…..Forbes Masson

Adapted by Michael Frayn

  • Producer/ Director: Clive Brill
  • A Brill production for BBC Radio 4

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Comedy Club - The Simon Day Show: Geoffrey Allerton

Simon Day showcases his comedic writing and performing talents with a variety of characters who perform at a small provincial theatre - The Mallard.

In the first episode, acclaimed Yorkshire poet Geoffrey Allerton (Simon Day) reads poems and excerpts from his recent memoir Marking Time - and struggles to get a hot meal from sound and lighting technician Goose (Felix Dexter).

Meanwhile in the bar, two local mums (Arabella Weir and Catherine Shepherd) get to know each other over several bottles of wine.

First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2011.

  • Producer: Colin Anderson

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Russia 2018: Argentina v Iceland

Live commentary of Argentina v Iceland in their Group D match at Moscow's Spartak Stadium.

Iceland’s first ever World Cup campaign begins against 2014 runners-up Argentina, though the Nordic newcomers can be bolstered by their shock 2-1 victory over England in the last 16 of Euro 2016.

With a population of just 350,000, Iceland is the smallest nation in history to make the World Cup finals.

Commentary comes from Ian Dennis and Pat Nevin.

Rugby Union - South Africa v England

Live rugby union commentary of South Africa v England in the second test at the Toyota stadium in Bloemfontein.

England will be keen to improve on their warm-up match thrashing by Barbarians at Twickenham, when the Baa-Baas’ scratch side scored nine tries to win 63-45.

Plus World Cup updates from Peru v Denmark.

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Test Match Special - England v Australia

Live ball-by-ball cricket commentary of England v Australia in the second ODI in Cardiff.

Commentary comes from Charles Dagnall, Simon Mann and Dan Norcross with expert summaries from Michael Vaughan, Phil Tufnell, Jimmy Anderson and Adam Gilchrist.

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Mary Anne Hobbs

Mary Anne chats to Scottish musician Aidan Moffat about wolves, superheroes and why he thinks Oasis are better than Blur.

Aidan also talks about his most recent release, a collaborative album with RM Hubbert called Here Lies The Body.

  • Presenter: Mary Anne Hobbs
  • Producer: Helen Weatherhead for Wise Buddah Ltd

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

World Questions: Seoul

The BBC World Service is holding a series of debates across the world. BBC World Questions - an international series of English language events created with the British Council - allows the public to question politicians, leaders and opinion formers directly face to face. The debates are led entirely by questions from the audience who are able to have their points heard around the world.

This month, BBC World Questions is in Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, to debate the future of a people divided, with an audience made up of those at the heart of this story.

As the world's attention turns to high-level diplomacy between North and South Korea - and the USA, what are the feelings of the people with the most at stake? Will recent events lead to a Korean Peninsula without nuclear weapons? Will they bring peace after more than half a century of tension and conflict?

The BBC’s Jonny Dymond is joined by a panel of leading politicians and thinkers to debate questions from the public and to explore whether the peninsular is on the verge of real and lasting peace.

Produced by Charlie Taylor for BBC World Service.

The Forum: William Fullbright and international scholarships

In the aftermath of the Second World War, Senator J. William Fulbright came up with the idea of transferring knowledge and skills from the US to the rest of the world through a state-funded scholarship that now bears his name. Over 70 years on, it is the largest US government academic exchange programme and boasts heads of state and Nobel Prize winners from a range of countries among its alumni.

As the longest-serving chairman in the history of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Fulbright was able to influence American foreign policy in the turbulent years of the Cold War. And yet, the scholarships which bear his name may turn out to be his most important legacy.As he once said: "In the long course of history, having people who understand your thought is much greater security than another submarine."

Bridget Kendall’s guests include Fulbright’s biographer Professor Randall B. Woods and Professor of Education Joan Dassin who has researched international scholarships.

Produced by Radek Boschetty for BBC World Service.

The Big Idea: Jabs and Lentils

What do lentils have to do with jabs? Well, offering lentils may persuade parents to get their kids immunised.

The French-born economist Esther Duflo has revolutionised development economics by introducing RCTs - Randomised Control Trials. She’s investigated questions like do women politicians make a difference to what policies are pursued, and, if you want to reduce malaria is it best to give people mosquito nets for free or make them pay? And much more besides.

Presented by David Edmonds. Produced by Ben Cooper for BBC World Service.

Sunday 17 June

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Ana Matronic’s Dance Devotion

Ana Matronic goes on a journey through her early experiences of dance music for the first Dance Devotion show, encompassing all forms of dance music.

From Synth Pop to New Jack Swing with plenty of dancefloor bangers inbetween, Ana takes listeners back to her first under-18’s club experience with some of her favourite tracks.

  • Presenter: Ana Matronic
  • Producer: Ami Bennett for Somethin’ Else

Good Morning Sunday

Today Adil Ray sits in for Jason Mohammed and joins Kate Bottley to look ahead to Refugee Week, plus they meet author Vicky Beeching and the hugely popular and raucous folk worship band, Rend Collective.

The Northern Irish worship band Rend Collective tour the world with their joyous brand of folk rock. Their latest album is called Good News and they tell Kate about their huge following in the US, how their faith drives their music and why we all have many reasons to be cheerful.

Vicky Beeching was an evangelical Christian songwriter, her work known and admired in churches in the UK and the US. In her 30s she faced a health crisis and came out as gay. She tells Adil and Kate what happened next and how she put the pieces back together, as told in her memoir, Undivided: Coming Out, Becoming Whole, And Living Free From Shame.

Plus Good Morning Sunday looks ahead to Refugee Week, which celebrates the contribution refugees make to culture and society and promotes understanding of why people seek sanctuary in other countries.

  • Presenter: Kate Bottley and Adil Ray
  • Producer: Rebecca Maxted for the BBC

The Michael Ball Show: Richard Madeley Sits In

This week Richard Madeley sits in for Michael and is joined by Birmingham ska legends, The Beat.

Formed in 1978, The Beat have had international success and are back with a tour, plus a very special release of a recording of their sold out live show from The Roundhouse last year. The band’s most popular singles include Can’t Get Used to Losing You, Too Nice To Talk To, Mirror In The Bathroom and Tears Of A Clown.

Also on the show, Richard Madeley hosts another game of On The Ball, alongside great music and the listeners Sunday Boasts.

  • Presenter: Richard Madeley
  • Producer: Ste Softley for Wise Buddah Limited

Johnnie Walker’s Sounds Of The 70s

Soul icon Bettye LaVette shares her 70s memories.

Grammy-nominated singer Bettye LaVette has been in show business for nearly six decades. Her first single, My Man - He's A Lovin' Man, was released on Atlantic Records in 1962, when she was only 16 years old. In 1972, she signed with Atlantic/Atco and was sent to Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama to record what was to be her first full-length album. Titled Child Of The Seventies, it was produced by Brad Shapiro, but Atco chose not to issue the album. The mid 1970s saw a brief stint with Epic, and in 1978 she released the disco smash on West End Records, Doin’ The Best That I Can.

Also on the show, Johnnie inducts another classic 7” into the Jukebox, and hears all the stories from This Week In Music.

  • Presenter: Johnnie Walker
  • Producer: Liz Barnes for Wise Buddah Ltd

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Sunday Morning - Sarah Walker With Works By Ravel, Messiaen and Debussy

As part of Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3, Sarah Walker selects a range of music reflecting different interpretations of birdsong, from composers including Ravel and Messiaen. The programme also features symphonic music by Mahler and Glazunov, and a Sunday Escape by Debussy.

In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - The Forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century Romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

Private Passions - Miranda Krestovnikoff

As part of Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3, Michael Berkeley’s guest this week is Miranda Krestovinkoff, the President of the Royal Society for Protection of Birds and television wildlife presenter.

In addition to her work with numerous environmental charities, Miranda is also an accomplished musician - a flautist, pianist and singer who continues to perform with the New Bristol Sinfonia and also sings with choirs in the city.

In Private Passions, Miranda talks to Michael about some of the most memorable experiences she has had in nature: from staying up all night waiting to spot pine martens in a Scottish forest to a frightening encounter whilst diving with sharks. Her musical choices include Holst, Vaughan Williams and Rachmaninoff as well as a work which combines her love of music and birds - Martinů’s Sonata for Flute and Piano.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - The Forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century Romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • A Loftus Production for BBC Radio 3

Sunday Feature: Forest

Once upon a time, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough woke up in the summer forest. At first, there were worse places to be lost. She learned how to climb trees, hide inside giant oaks with historians, and read Tolkien and Shakespeare.

But it wasn’t all about the mythical Forest of Arden and the English Romantic idyll. Eleanor watched as that got chewed up, trees turned into ships, into fuel for the furnaces of the industrial revolution. So she met legendary fairy tale guru Jack Zipes, and heard his tales of the Black Forest in Germany, travelled back in time to earth’s primeval forests with their strange and leafless trees, and still found time to relax with a spot of Japanese forest bathing. Listen to the summer forest in all its cultural and ecological glory.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - the Forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century Romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into the Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • Producer: Melvin Rickarby

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

Food And Farming Awards: First Course

Andi Oliver, Alex James and Matt Tebbutt join Sheila Dillon for the BBC Food And Farming Awards 2018.

It’s the night that the country's best loved chefs, cooks and food writers gather to celebrate unsung food heroes. Farmers, community cooks, shop owners and food and drink producers were nominated by the public in their thousands. Now, at the Food And Farming awards ceremony in Bristol, the winners are revealed.

  • Producer: Claire Salisbury for BBC Radio 4

From Our Home Correspondent

Mishal Husain presents the latest dispatches from writers and reporters across the UK, on all aspects of life in contemporary Britain.

In this programme, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. From politics to pastimes, from hallowed traditions to emerging trends, from the curious to the ridiculous, the programme presents a tableau of Britain today.

  • Producer: Simon Coates for BBC Radio 4

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Sherlock Holmes

The Baker Street sleuth returns to Radio 4 Extra in a run of three two-part dramatisations. With Clive Merrison as Sherlock Holmes and Michael Williams as Dr Watson.

Included in the run are A Study In Scarlet and The Sign Of The Four, both directed by David Johnston and first broadcast on Radio 4 in 1989, and The Valley Of Fear, directed by Enyd Williams and first broadcast on Radio 4 in 1997.

A Study In Scarlet, set in 1881 London, sees a penniless doctor meets a curious young man with some extremely strange habits. Co-starring John Moffatt.

In The Sign Of The Four, Sherlock Holmes seeks stimulation elsewhere when criminals become unimaginative and crimes unchallenging. Co-starring Brian Blessed.

In The Valley Of Fear, revenge and treachery link a Sussex country house with the sinister secret societies of 1890s Industrial America.

All stories adapted for radio by Bert Coules.

Desert Island Discs Revisited - Critical Eye: AA Gill

BBC Radio 4 Extra continues its run of castaway critics with Sunday Times columnist AA Gill.

His witty, first-person articles earned him a host of awards and a loyal following, but his life as a successful writer was preceded by more than a decade living in squats, taking drugs and existing in an alcoholic haze. A GP’s unplanned intervention made him seek treatment for alcoholism and gave him the chance to start again and live a second life.

After abandoning early hopes of becoming an artist, he ran cookery courses in his own home for a while and, at the same time, began writing.

Despite having dyslexia, AA Gill found his voice immediately. As soon as he began writing his articles he felt he’d come home.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006

  • Producer: Leanne Buckle

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Russia 2018: Germany v Mexico

Live commentary of Germany v Mexico in their Group F game at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Hoping for their fifth World Cup victory, defending champions Germany are expected to top the group, with Mexico and Sweden battling for second place.

Germany are without their 2014 hero Mario Gotze, but the squad boasts Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Manchester City’s Leroy Sane. Commentary at the Luzhniki Stadium comes from Ian Dennis and Pat Nevin.

Russia 2018: Brazil v Switzerland

Live commentary of Brazil v Switzerland in their Group E game at the Rostov Arena.

Ranked second by FIFA (behind defending champions Germany), Brazil secured nine successive victories to reach the finals. Leading the attack is Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, who returns following foot surgery for an injury sustained in February.

The commentary team is Alistair Bruce-Ball and Chris Sutton.

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

Heart and Soul: Faith-based Farms

There’s a growing movement in the US. Community groups and churches are setting up faith-based growing programmes, by people who see farming as a religious imperative.

Those involved say there is a need to move away from providing food through soup kitchens to creating agricultural communities that will feed the food-insecure. They seek nothing less than a disruption of how food is grown and distributed.

Colm Flynn visits Alice’s Garden in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, run by Lutheran minister Venice Williams who is spearheading the multi-faith group Faithlands and a tree farm project in New Jersey run by Muslim Hisham Moharram. Hisham’s Good Tree Project is initiated by American Muslims and he says that he is bringing an understanding of Islam and a Muslim’s role to the Faithlands project. From there he travels to meet the Rev Nurya Love Parish at Plainsong Farm, Michigan, one of the organisers.

However, there is some resistance to these faith-based community projects. Some African-Americans see the new faith-based farms as tied to the history of slavery in the US. In an attempt to reframe the story of slavery and reclaim food traditions, Alice’s Garden has a special garden dedicated to re-creating some of the farming techniques and foods that enslaved Africans brought to America. Lutheran minister Venice will talk to Colm about the project ‘Fieldhands and Foodways’ that highlights the history and relationship between Africans, African Americans and Native Americans with land and food. Colm is shown around the garden by Cheri Johnson, spiritual caretaker of Alice’s Garden. He meets some of the 90 families that have rented plots on the farm to grow their own food, including descendants of slavery.

Produced by Colm Flynn for BBC World Service.

The Weekend Documentary: What’s Mine is Yours?

Can relationships within couples be truly equal when there is a significant difference in earnings?

Emily Thomas goes behind closed doors, and delves into the finances of couples around the globe to see what part money plays in personal relationships.

Does holding the purse strings determine who holds the power? Can pooling resources lead to greater relationship satisfaction, and if so, does this vary depending on the culture you live in? And can a relationship ever be truly equal if those in it earn significantly different amounts of money.

This documentary gets up close to one of the main causes of conflict within relationships across the globe – disparity of income.

This edition of The Documentary will air as part of Money & Power – a major new season of programmes and features across the BBC’s global TV, radio and online networks exploring how the basic building blocks of our lives are being shaped and reshaped by money.

Editor: Andrew Smith
Reporter: Emily Thomas

Produced by Philly Beaumont for BBC World Service.

The Assassination

Owen Bennett-Jones’ groundbreaking investigation into the death of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto continues.

The third episode focuses on how Benazir’s attempt to ensure a safe return to Pakistan ended in fear, triggered by a disputed conversation with Pakistan’s military ruler.

Produced by Neal Razzell for BBC World Service.

Global Beats: Moscow

This month's Global Beats comes from Moscow, a city whose contemporary culture is all too often eclipsed by international politics.

In this, the second part of our exploration of Moscow's underground music scene, we focus on the impact of Russia’s relationship with the rest of the world on its music. At a time of heightened tension between Russia and the West, what do Russian musicians, composers and record labels make of Russia's isolation? How do international tensions affect their work? And does it feature in their music?

Featured musicians include contemporary classical composers Alexander Manotskov and Jenny Nedosekina who lament the fact that Russia is no longer perceived as a great cultural powerhouse, and Kate Shilonosova - known as Kate NV - who is hoping that her post-punk band will get a warm reception during a UK tour.

Presenter: Jamie Coomarsamy

Produced by Jonathan Wiltshire and Catherine Fellows for BBC World Service.

Monday 18 June

BBC TWO

BBC TWO

Russia 2018: Tunisia v England

Live commentary of Tunisia v England in their Group G match at the Volgograd Arena.

Gareth Southgate’s young England side will hope to open their campaign with a victory against a nation that has won just one of their past 12 games at World Cup finals - 40 years ago in 1978, beating Mexico 3-1.

Commentary comes from John Murray and former England international Chris Waddle.

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Ken Bruce

Lissie, the US singer-songwriter who has toured with Lenny Kravitz and Joshua Radin, picks the Tracks Of My Years with songs from Phil Collins and Fleetwood Mac.

Lissie's latest album Castles sees her move away from writing solely on guitar and has her powerful vocals set to 21st century production.

As a child she starred as the lead role in Annie in a professional regional theatre production and learned how much she enjoyed singing and performing. Lissie then went on to learn how to play guitar in high school and has more recently taken up acting again after making an appearance in David Lynch's Twin Peaks: The Return.

Her debut album, Catching A Tiger, sold over 750,000 copies around the globe and saw Lissie achieve worldwide recognition.

Also on the show today there's the daily PopMaster quiz, the love song, the record and album of the week.

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

The Radio 2 Rock Show With Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker launches The Radio 2 Rock Show, featuring the greatest rock from across the decades to 2018’s new releases.

The Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne kicks off the first ‘Rock God’ feature, revealing who he looks up to in the rock world and why. Each week on the show Johnnie will be asking some of the biggest and most influential rock names to pick their own Rock God.

As the lead singer of Black Sabbath, Ozzy’s legend in music is virtually unrivalled. Black Sabbath formed in Birmingham in 1968 and were originally called The Polka Tulk Blues Band before becoming Black Sabbath in 1969. They are often referred to as the pioneers of heavy metal.

In 1979 Ozzy was fired from the band and went solo, releasing Blizzard Of Ozz the following year. Ozzy continued his often controversial and tumultuous solo career, producing influential rock albums such as 1983’s Bark At The Moon and 1991’s No More Tears. In November 2011 it was announced Ozzy would rejoin Black Sabbath for an album and final world tour titled, The End. The band played their last show together in Birmingham in 2017.

Plus listeners can join Johnnie for his ultimate A-Z of Rock - an indispensable, bitesize guide to the genre in a handy alphabetical order as he delves into the archives. Where else would we start but A? So many incredible artists and bands begin with A but there’s only really one that could be played on the first Radio 2 Rock Show. Make sure you’re listening to find out which explosive A Johnnie will pick... 

  • Presenter: Johnnie Walker
  • Producer: Liz Barnes for Wise Buddah Ltd

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Breakfast

As part of Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3, Breakfast broadcasts live from five different forests around the UK.

Each day the natural world will be brought to listeners through a special slow radio moment featuring recorded sounds of the forest.

Tollymore Forest, Northern Ireland

Join Petroc Trelawny live from Tollymore Forest, County Down in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains. Today’s programme includes local musicians and guests exploring the cultural heritage of Northern Ireland’s first state park. There’s also a slow radio moment featuring recorded sounds of the forest.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - the forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • Producers: Richard Denison, Sam Hickling, Susan Kenyon and Matthew Dover

Essential Classics

As part of Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3, Essential Classics take a special trip to North Wales to visit the artist David Nash, a British sculptor and land artist known for working primarily with natural materials and trees. David discusses the people, places and ideas that have continually inspired him throughout his life and career.

In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - The Forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century Romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • Producer: Laura Yogasundram

Composer Of The Week: Weber

As part of Into The Forest, Donald Macleod explores the life of Carl Maria von Weber, a composer who was greatly influenced by the natural world.

‘You’ll never be a musician!’

Donald Macleod traces Weber’s childhood in the Weber family of travelling players through to the staging of his first opera in Freiburg aged 14.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - the forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • Producer: Rosie Boulton

In Tune Mixtape

As part of Into The Forest, each day this week the In Tune Mixtape will evoke the spirit of the forest with 30 minutes of specially-curated music interspersed with the natural sounds of the forest.

Singing birds, buzzing insects, running water and rustling trees are nestled among an inspired musical sound palate of classical, folk and jazz - an excursion of natural sound and music to surprise, intrigue and delight.

In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - The Forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century Romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • Producer: Marie-Claire Doris

The Essay - Forests

As part of Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough explores what it is about a forest which captures our imagination. To find out, Eleanor takes a walk through the forest each day this week, with writers and artists who find themselves moved by the sounds, textures and smells of this landscape.

Monday - Forests Of The Imagination
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough is joined by Fiona Stafford, the author of The Long, Long Life Of Trees and an expert on romantic poets. Fiona is fascinated by the moment in the late 18th century when Britain's great forests were swept away by the demands of the Royal Navy. As the dark forests with their wild beasts disappeared, novelists and visual artists were free to conjure up their own spaces for the romantic imagination.

Tuesday - Forest Folk
Today folk singer Nancy Kerr joins Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough for a walk in the woods. Forests play a vital role in folk music, and Nancy explains to Rosamund just how powerfully symbolic trees and forests can be, as she herself often composes her own songs in the woods, and interprets classic tales of sylvan sensuality.

Wednesday - Scents Of The Forest
Legendary parfumier Roja Dove joins Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough for a walk in the woods. This acclaimed nose of the perfume industry can identify 800 different scents blindfolded. When he joins Eleanor in the woods, he discusses how the base notes of the forest scent inspire him. The foundation of damp moss and rotting wood is warm and comforting, but a change in the breeze can bring a brief blast of frightened animal, exciting the senses. These are just the kind of effects Roja looks for when he formulates a new perfume.

Thursday - Outlaws Of The Forest
Forests are the perfect place for outlaw artists to enact their vision. Just 14 stops from Soho on the Central Line, Epping Forest provides a particularly convenient place to lose yourself and hide from worldly distractions. Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough is joined on a walk through the artistic hotspots of Epping Forest by Will Ashon, author of Strange Labyrinth, a cultural guidebook to the lungs of North-East London.

Friday - Forest Webs
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough concludes her series of walks through the forest.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - The Forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century Romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • Producer: Alasdair Cross

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

Book Of The Week: The Crossway

A year after he had a nervous breakdown, Guy Stagg decided to walk to Canterbury. And then he decided to keep going - on to Jerusalem, following the route of medieval pilgrims.

An epic journey, but also an intimate one. After several years of mental illness, Guy Stagg set off one morning from London to walk to Canterbury. Though ill-prepared and unsure of his own motivations, he got there. Exhausted, he lay beneath the Cathedral walls and then decided to continue. A few months later, on New Year’s Day 2013, he set out from Canterbury to follow the paths of the medieval pilgrims to Jerusalem.

Ten months and 5,500 kilometres later, he arrived.

This is the story of his walk. In five extracts from his account, this reading follows some of his experiences, through snow and storm across the Alps, among other pilgrims in Italy, despairing and alone in Greece, and finally to the incessant rounds of competing worship in Jerusalem. It's a journey through the pathways of faith and recovery towards healing and understanding.

In the first episode Guy leaves England for France, where the weather turns grim and the strangers are kind.

Written by Guy Stagg.
Read by Jonathan Bailey.
Abridged by Jill Waters and Isobel Creed.

  • Producer: Jill Waters
  • A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Maya Angelou: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

The first of six dramatisations of Maya Angelou's autobiographies, starting with her iconic debut charting her life as a child. Dramatised by Patricia Cumper.

In 1931, when she was an infant, Maya's parents divorced and sent Maya and her brother Bailey to live with their paternal grandmother in rural Stamps, Arkansas. Their grandmother, whom they called Momma, ran the only store in the black section of Stamps and became the central moral figure in Maya's childhood.

Narrator (Older Maya) ..... Adjoa Andoh
Maya ..... Indie Gjedsal
Bailey ..... Roshawn Hewitt
Momma ..... Cecilia Noble
Uncle Willie ..... Richard Pepple
Steward ..... John Lightbody
Girl ..... Francesca Elise

  • Producer: Pauline Harris for BBC Radio 4

Home Front

Return of the epic drama series set in Great War Britain a hundred years ago on this day.

The Home Front story returns to Devon, a county central to the country’s desperate hopes for a good harvest, in which the upheavals and social schisms of WW1 were felt particularly keenly.

Summer 1918 marks the point when Britain was on the brink of starvation, with the most important harvest of the war looming, both literally and metaphorically. Women, children, prisoners of war and wounded soldiers are all being put to work on the land. However, there are also those unable or unwilling to help the Government drive to feed the war effort. Dartmoor prison now houses 1,000 conscientious objectors, much to the fury of local people with family away fighting, whilst at nearby Seale Hayne, a radical new hospital for shell-shocked soldiers has opened.

On this day in 1918, the Times published plans for Alexandra Day, a project to sell pink roses to raise £1m, while in Ashburton, Cora Gidley sees her roses differently.

Cast
Cora Gidley ..... Joanna Monro
Sylvia Graham ..... Joanna David
Hector Gidley ..... Brian Protheroe
Elspeth Taverner ..... Kelly Williams
Jocelyn Ogden ..... Christine Kavanagh
Cathy Lawrence ..... Debbie Korley
Postwoman ..... Lauren Cornelius

Written by Lucy Catherine
Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

  • Producer: Ciaran Bermingham for BBC Radio 4

National Health Stories

In a series tracing decisive moments in the life of our National Health Service, medical historian Sally Sheard begins by going back to the 1930s to reveal what life was like before the National Health Service began.

Before the NHS began, the nation’s health was in a desperate state and there was no such thing as a health service.

Many hospitals were on the brink of collapse. Access to care was determined by your ability to pay, and treatments were basic. Surgery, for example, was often performed on the kitchen table.

The health of the nation was so poor that it was common for adults to have all their teeth extracted.

  • Producer: Beth Eastwood for BBC Radio 4

Dangerous Visions: Speak

Lucian has a vocabulary that is limited to a core 1,500 words, but Clara wants to teach him those that are forbidden. A dystopian love story about the power of words, set in a near future where the language spoken is Globish - a reduced version of English.

The OED lists 171,476 English words in current use. The average adult native English speaker has an active vocabulary of about 35,000 - 50,000 words. But studies suggest our vocabularies are shrinking.

Globish is a real international business language, developed in 2004, made up of the most common 1,500 English words. It is designed to promote international communication in the global economy. Speak imagines a future in which Globish has become the official language.

A gripping two-hander about the power of words: how words - and even more, the absence of words - can control, confine, leach emotion and trap minds.

Clara….. Pippa Haywood
Lucian….. Andrew Gower

By Philip Palmer

  • Producer / Director: James Robinson for BBC Radio 4

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

World Cup Breakfast

England kick off their World Cup campaign today and BBC TV, radio and online is the only place to see and hear all of the action.

This morning Rachel Burden presents live from Vogograd in Russia ahead of the Three Lions’ opening game, which follows today’s other Group G fixture, Belgium v Panama.

Nicky Campbell is in Salford with the rest of today's news, sport, travel, business and weather.

Robbie Savage’s World Cup Breakfast

Robbie Savage and Caroline Barker get you ready for Tunisia v England and all the rest of today's World Cup action.

The pair will have the latest news ahead of the opening clash by Group G teams ranked by FIFA just one place apart - England in 13th and Tunisia in 14th.

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley

This evening Marc is joined by The Damned, who are in session from Salford.

They’ll be playing tracks from their new album Evil Spirits, which was recorded by famed producer Tony Visconti and recorded in Brooklyn in October of 2017.

Originally formed in 1976, the band is David Vanian (vocals) Captain Sensible (guitar) Monty Oxy Moron (keyboard), Pinch (Drums) and Strawberries’ era-bassist, Paul Gray, who is back in the fold.

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

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

The Conversation: Fashion Influencers

Kim Chakanetsa talks to two women who have turned showcasing their lives on social media into a money-making business. But at what cost? We talk #instahusbands, and whether it's possible to be genuine on a platform dominated by filters and photoshop.

Freddie Harrel from Cameroon left her career in banking and now posts on instagram to an audience of nearly 150,000 followers. What started as a fashion blog has now become a platform where Freddie hopes to empower and inspire women. As a self-titled Confidence Consultant, Freddie wants women to “come out as their true self” and embrace their natural beauty, in particular women of colour. Freddie recently had a son and discusses her decision to share this aspect of her life with her followers.

Anum Bashir from Qatar blogs and posts under the persona ‘Desert Mannequin’, and has amassed over 50,000 followers. She overcame criticism from her conservative family and friends who disapproved of the path she was taking, and says she bridges the gap between East and West in fashion, beauty and self-acceptance. Anum's platform aims to inspire women and challenge the pursuit of perfection amidst the popularity of cosmetic surgery in the Middle East.

  • Produced by Pippa Tilbury for BBC World Service

Tuesday 19 June

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Barry Manilow - They Write The Songs

The legendary Barry Manilow presents They Write the Songs - The Broadway Edition.

Broadway's greatest writers have created some of the most memorable shows of all time - and just as many shows that have sadly been forgotten. In this series Barry discovers some of the fantastic songs that have been buried in musical theatre history, telling the fascinating stories behind them.

This week’s edition features ‘the world’s greatest entertainer’ Al Jolson, whose pulling power couldn’t save a show called Sinbad from disappearing into history; Anthony Quinn, famous for the film Zorba, and Lost In The Stars, which garnered more fantastic reviews than Hamilton.

  • Presenter: Barry Manilow
  • Producer: Anthony Cherry for the BBC

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Breakfast

As part of Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3, Breakfast broadcasts live from five different forests around the UK.

Each day the natural world will be brought to listeners through a special slow radio moment featuring recorded sounds of the forest.

Glen Affric, Scottish Highlands

Join Petroc Trelawny live from Glen Affric in the Scottish Highlands, where he explores the cultural heritage of the last remnants of the original Caledonian Forest. There’s also a slow radio moment featuring recorded sounds of the forest.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - the forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • Producers: Richard Denison, Sam Hickling, Susan Kenyon and Matthew Dover

Composer Of The Week: Weber

As part of Into The Forest, Donald Macleod explores the life of Carl Maria von Weber, a composer who was greatly influenced by the natural world.

'You have to go out, away into the distance.’

Donald Macleod traces Weber's years as a young composer when he was always in debt and always on the move.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - the forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • Producer: Rosie Boulton

Late Junction - Nick Luscombe with Thiago Nassif

As part of Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3, composer and guitarist Thiago Nassif introduces Nick to some wonderfully evocative musical sounds from the rainforest of his native Brazil.

Growing up in the countryside around São Paulo, Nassif's first exposure to music was though listening to the songs of the birds kept by his grandfather. His work has since incorporated and been influenced by natural sounds.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - the Forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century Romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Palace Of Laughter: Sunderland Empire

Geoffrey Wheeler presents a profile of the Sunderland Empire, the premier Variety venue in the North East of England where artists as varied as Vesta Tilley, Harry Lauder, Ken Dodd and Helen Shapiro entertained generations of theatre-goers.

The Empire is also the venue where legendary crinkle-faced comedy actor and Carry on film star Sid James collapsed and died. Theatre staff who witnessed it share their sad memories of this shocking event.

Featuring archive performances from many of the stars who have appeared on the Empire's stage.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.

  • Producer: Libby Cross

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

World Cup: Russia 2018

Mark Chapman and special guest Rio Ferdinand, review and debate all the World Cup action so far, the day after England’s opening match against Tunisia.

The pair will round up a day of Group H fixtures - Colombia v Japan and Poland v Senegal - and look ahead to the host nation’s evening match against Egypt.

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Test Match Special - England v Australia

Live ball-by-ball commentary of England v Australia in the third ODI at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Today’s TMS commentary team is Jonathan Agnew, Charles Dagnall and Dan Norcross, with expert summaries from Michael Vaughan, Jimmy Anderson, Graeme Swann, Adam Gilchrist.

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

In The Studio: Peter Kimani

The Kenyan author and poet Peter Kimani has won Kenya’s highest literary honour, the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for literature and was one of the poets chosen by National Public Radio in the United States to compose a poem to mark Barack Obama’s inauguration as President.

Kenya and its history feature strongly in his novels and Peter’s latest book is no exception. Its working title is Kalifornia and is partially set in early Nineties Nairobi. Amidst the changing political landscapes of that time, refugees poured into Kenya from Sudan and Ethiopia. One of the places they moved into was the California area of Nairobi, a far cry from its more famous American namesake.

Growing up around there Peter has chosen to place migration at the heart of his book. However he’s determined to resist the temptation of going back, so he can reimagine the city of his boyhood based on his own memories.

Produced by Andrea Kidd for BBC World Service.

BBC World Hacks: Nigeria’s Secret STI Test Kits

Even though Nigeria has a high number of people with HIV, only about 10% of the population has ever taken an HIV test. Sex is a taboo subject and sexual health clinics are not popular places to be seen. Other sexually transmitted diseases, such as Hepatitis B and Syphilis, are on the rise among young people.

But a Nigerian entrepreneur called Florida Uzoaru thinks she has a millennial-friendly solution to sexual health. Her start-up is giving people the option to anonymously test themselves at home. Secret packages, sent by courier, contain a pick n' mix of self-test blood kits, contraception or the morning after pill. Customers buy everything online and receive counselling and assistance via WhatsApp. But can bypassing the healthcare system solve the problem?

Produced by Amelia Martyn-Hemphill for BBC World Service.

The Documentary: What Would you Do with $100

What would you do with $100? What does it reveal about us and the buying power of money?

Lesley Curwen travels to Washington DC where the $100 note is printed. In the city, she meets Maurice Abbey Bey, a former drug user now charity worker who would spend his imaginary $100 on both a necessity and a small luxury, while Margarita Womack, a former scientist turned entrepreneur would use her imaginary $100 to relax, away from her hectic daily life.

We also meet Pelagia Chabata who has recently left her homeland of Zimbabwe to seek work in Washington DC. For her staying connected online is paramount. The $100 bill is most popular outside of the US and about 90% of all bills are shipped out of the country. A small handful of countries actually use the US dollar as legal tender. One of them is the cash-strapped economy of Zimbabwe. Travelling to the capital Harare we meet Edgar, a married hospital doctor who would use any extra monies to help family and patients, while Alice, a maid and working mum of four would use $100 to finish her dream.

This edition of The Documentary airs as part of Money & Power – a major new season of programmes and features across the BBC’s global TV, radio and online networks exploring how the basic building blocks of our lives are being shaped and reshaped by money.

  • Produced by Smita Patel for BBC World Service

Wednesday 20 June

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Joan Collins - A Life In Lipstick

Dame Joan Collins gives a candid, wonderfully witty account of her seven-decade career in show business, illustrated by a treasure trove of archive clips and music.

With unapologetic frankness, she reflects on Hollywood, on television, on men, losing out on Cleopatra to Elizabeth Taylor, getting older and modern standards of beauty and glamour.

In this first of two episodes, Joan recalls growing up in a showbiz family. Her two aunts worked on the stage, whilst her father Joe was an agent to the stars. Consequently the family home was always full of singers and dancers, and it was here she first met Roger Moore after returning from school one day.

While studying at Rada as a teenager, Joan was offered a contract by film and entertainment company - the Rank Organisation. Dubbed the 'coffee bar jezebel' by the British press owing to her sultry looks and bad girl roles, Joan reflects on playing a jail bird in the 1953 film Turn The Key Softly.

Joan talks about being hired by 20th Century Fox at the age of 21 and moving to Hollywood. Bette Davis was the first major star she worked with, and roles followed opposite a cluster of Hollywood’s leading men including Paul Newman, James Mason, Richard Burton, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

Joan also speaks candidly about her marriage to Anthony Newley. She describes glamorous married life in Beverly Hills and how the demise of their relationship was immortalised in one of Newley’s songs.

With contributions from the late Sir Roger Moore, Stephanie Beacham, David Hasselhoff, Julian Clary and David Emanuel.

This documentary contributes to the pan-BBC Hear Her season which showcases women's voices and marks 100 years since women won the vote. This programme was first broadcast in 2016.

  • Presenter: Joan Collins
  • Producer: Victoria Ferran for Just Radio Ltd

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Breakfast

As part of Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3, Breakfast broadcasts live from five different forests around the UK.

Each day the natural world will be brought to listeners through a special slow radio moment featuring recorded sounds of the forest.

Gwydyr, Snowdonia National Park

Today, Breakfast broadcasts live from Gwydyr Forest in the Snowdonia National Park. Petroc is joined by local musicians and guests to explore the remarkable heritage of the forest, an area which was richly mined for lead and tin in the 19th and 20th centuries. There’s also a slow radio moment featuring the recorded sounds of the forest.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - the forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • Producers: Richard Denison, Sam Hickling, Susan Kenyon and Matthew Dover

Composer Of The Week: Weber

As part of Into The Forest, Donald Macleod explores the life of Carl Maria von Weber, a composer who was greatly influenced by the natural world.

‘Landscape is to me the performance of a piece of music.’

Today, Weber's fascination with the Romantic movement is explored, something which was hugely influential during his directorship at the Estates Theatre in Prague.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - the forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • Producer: Rosie Boulton

Free Thinking

As part of Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3, former New Generation Thinker Alexandra Harris considers the representation and use of forests and trees in the history of art.

In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - the Forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century Romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

The 12 Inch Single

From the mid-1970s, the humble 45 rpm 7 inch vinyl single was joined by a much grander relative: the 12 inch single.

Blue Monday by New Order (pictured) was released as 12 inch single in 1983. Music journalist and co-founder of ZTT Records, Paul Morley visits Manchester’s Factory Club to talk to New Order’s Peter Hook about how Blue Monday was written, and to designer Peter Saville about the famous sleeve.

Paul explores the origins of the 12 inch single as a potentially higher quality format than the 7 inch single, and visits Abbey Road studios to watch an engineer cutting a 12 inch single. Does it really sound better?

Paul also meets music producer Trevor Horn at Sarm Studios, home of ZTT Records, to discuss the Frankie Goes to Hollywood 12 inch singles. ZTT released so many different versions of Two Tribes on 12 inch that the chart rules were changed - so was the record buyer getting value for money? And what does the 12 inch single tell us about 1980s excesses?

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.

  • Producer: Nick Holmes

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Test Match Special - England Women v South Africa Women

Live ball-by-ball cricket commentary of England v South Africa in the Women’s T20 Tri-Series at the County Ground, Taunton.

Commentators are Natalie Germanos, Isabelle Westbury and Henry Moeran, alongside summarisers Lydia Greenway and Charlotte Edwards.

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley

Tonight Goat Girl are in session for Marc, live from BBC Maida Vale Studios.

The band is made up of Clottie Cream, Rosy Bones, Naima Jelly and L.E.D and they’ll be performing tracks from their new eponymous debut album which is coming out on limited edition Violet Vinyl. The album was produced by Dan Carey (Kate Tempest / Franz Ferdinand) in his South London studio in the Autumn of 2017.

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

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

The Documentary: Uganda - The Price of Marriage

In Uganda, when it comes to weddings, there are really only two options: go big, or go home... literally. If you're hoping to make your vows steeped in tradition, couples return home to their family and tribe. But, if you're following the latest craze, you'll certainly be going big: big dresses, big venues and big bills.

With many Ugandans falling into financial ruin, all for the sake of bragging rights over the best party, the government may soon pass the 'The Anti-Luxury Wedding Bill' capping expenses on a couple's most special day. We follow two couples on two very different journeys: one in the heart of Kampala and one in the rural Mbale as we discover the true cost of love.

This edition of The Documentary will air as part of Money & Power – a major new season of programmes and features across the BBC’s global TV, radio and online networks exploring how the basic building blocks of our lives are being shaped and reshaped by money.

Reported and produced by Mugabi Turya for BBC World Service.

The Compass: Futureproof Yourself

In Futureproof Yourself, Aleks Krotoski and Ben Hammersley discover how to prepare for the social, economic and technological changes that are coming in the next few decades so we can all thrive in the future.

Programme One: Robots

In the past the only places you were likely to see robots was on the big screen or on the factory floor, but now they’re entering the home. You may already have an Alexa to play a favourite tune or settle a debate with a quick Google search. Perhaps your child already has a toy that can talk back to them.

But are we really prepared for a world full of such machines? These will not be mindless automatons, we’re talking about robots that will be part of the fabric of our homes, robots designed to interact with us like social beings, robots that will be constantly monitoring their owners and learning everything about us…

Aleks Krotoski and Ben Hammersley are setting out to futureproof themselves, and us, for living in a robot world.

Produced by Elizabeth Ann Duffy for BBC World Service.

Thursday 21 June

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Breakfast

As part of Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3, Breakfast broadcasts live from five different forests around the UK.

Each day the natural world will be brought to listeners through a special slow radio moment featuring recorded sounds of the forest.

Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

Join Petroc Trelawny live from Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire this Midsummer’s Day. Local musicians and guests explore the rich cultural heritage of the forest, including its associations with Robin Hood and royal hunting. There’s also a slow radio moment featuring the recorded sounds of the forest.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - the forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • Producers: Richard Denison, Sam Hickling, Susan Kenyon and Matthew Dover

Composer Of The Week: Weber

As part of Into The Forest, Donald Macleod explores the life of Carl Maria von Weber, a composer who was greatly influenced by the natural world.

‘An artist’s sphere of influence is the world.’

Donald Macleod traces the origins of Weber’s opera Der Freischütz and explores how its premiere in 1821 put the composer on the musical map.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - the forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • Producer: Rosie Boulton

Free Thinking

As part of Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3, Free Thinking explores the work of the late ecologist Oliver Rackham, known for his work into the function, history and management of British woodlands.

In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - the Forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century Romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into the Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

Late Junction - Forests Collaboration Session

As part of Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3, Late Junction brings a range of artists together in the studio to create a radical forest of the imagination.

Specially-commissioned texts from poet and cultural geographer Amy Cutler explore the woodland ecosystem as an entanglement of lives and as a springboard for spontaneous creation and foraging. Joining her in the studio are string trio Barrel and Lee Patterson, with his array of amplified invented instruments. The musicians are accompanied by field recordings of creaking trees and burning branches.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - the Forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century Romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

Pursuit Of Beauty: Virginia Woolf - Impossible Music

Virginia Woolf believed that "a Beethoven quartet is the truth about this vast mass that we call the world". This radiophonic feature explores the musicality and sonic landscape of Virginia Woolf’s world. Written and presented by Fiona Talkington, with Tamsin Greig as Virginia Woolf and a soundscape composed by Nina Perry.

Connecting past and present, Fiona and Virginia duet through the rooms and gardens of Monk’s House - the Woolf home in the village of Rodmell in the spectacular Sussex Downs. Here, Virginia’s fascination with the relationships between music, words and narrative find a resonance in the sounds of nature in the garden, in the acoustics of the bathroom, sat in a well-loved chair by the fire, in a game of bowls, in church bells, in the sense of the ancient pathways of Mount Caburn in the distance, and in the gramophone records and radio broadcasts her husband Leonard Woolf would play in the evenings.

Leonard kept meticulous notes of what he played in a small faded green notebook, with details of the piece, composer and recordings. Some of the same recordings have been found in the BBC archive and woven into this evocative dramatised soundscape.

Virginia Woolf played by Tamsin Greig
Written and presented by Fiona Talkington
Composer: Nina Perry
Executive Producer: Iain Chambers

  • Producer: Nina Perry
  • An Open Audio production for BBC Radio 4

 

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

What Ho! Jeeves - Joy In The Morning: Florence Craye

4 Extra favourite Richard Briers returns as wealthy fop Bertie Wooster in another PG Wodehouse romp, co-starring Michael Hordern as his ever-reliable valet Jeeves.

Trapped in the village of Steeple Bumpleigh staying with his fearsome Aunt Agatha, Bertie meets an old flame and a catalogue of calamities soon follow...

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978.

  • Adapted by Chris Miller
  • Producer: Simon Brett

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

World Cup: Russia 2018

Mark Chapman and special guest, the former England midfielder Frank Lampard, review all the World Cup action so far, following a day of Group C matches - Denmark v Australia and France v Peru.

The pair will also debate the performance of Gareth Southgate’s England side ahead of Sunday’s clash with Panama.

Russia 2018: Argentina v Croatia

Live commentary of Argentina v Croatia in their Group D game at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

Two-time champions Argentina will face a nation whose most successful campaign saw them finish in third place in 1998. The runners-up in Group D, the so-called Group of Death, could find themselves head-to-head with France in the final 16.

Commentary at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium comes from Jonathan Pearce and Chris Waddle.

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Test Match Special - England v Australia

Live ball-by-ball cricket commentary of England v South Africa in the Women’s T20 Tri-Series at the County Ground, Taunton.

The iconic Test Match Special commentary comes from Jonathan Agnew, Charles Dagnall and Dan Norcross, while Michael Vaughan, Graeme Swann, Vic Marks and Adam Gilchrist are the summarisers.

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Radcliffe and Maconie

Mark and Stuart are joined by Adrian Utley from Portishead and Will Gregory from Goldfrapp.

The pair have collaborated on the soundtrack for new film, Arcadia, by the Bafta award-winning director Paul Wright. Described as folk horror, the film combines over 100 archive film clips from the last 100 years with Adrian and Will’s new score, and aims to explore our complex connection to the land we live in.

Also on the show there’s the never-ending feature The Chain, which links together one record to another using listeners’ suggestions, and Teatime Themetime, plus the latest updates in the world of rock and pop in the day’s Music News.

  • Presenter: Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie
  • Producer: Lorna Skingley for 7digital

Friday 22 June

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Breakfast

As part of Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3, Breakfast broadcasts live from five different forests around the UK.

Each day the natural world will be brought to listeners through a special slow radio moment featuring recorded sounds of the forest.

New Forest, Hampshire

In its final edition this week, join Breakfast as it broadcasts live from the New Forest in Hampshire. With its open heathland, glades and forest, Petroc and guests explore the working life of the forest, meeting one of its Agisters, the individual responsible for the ponies that wander the land. There’s also a slow radio moment featuring the recorded sound of the forest.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - the forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • Producers: Richard Denison, Sam Hickling, Susan Kenyon and Matthew Dover

Composer Of The Week: Weber

As part of Into The Forest, Donald Macleod explores the life of Carl Maria von Weber, a composer who was greatly influenced by the natural world.

‘I am going to London to die.’

Donald Macleod traces Weber to London for the premiere of his opera Oberon at Covent Garden. Exhaustion from travelling and the stress of the new production, however, caused Weber’s health to quickly deteriorate and led to his death at the age of just 39.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - the forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

  • Producer: Rosie Boulton

The Verb - The Forest Verb

As part of Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3, Ian McMillan explores the literary possibilities of forests in different countries with a specially commissioned walk through a ‘world forest’.

With contributions from British novelist and poet Patrick McGuinness, acclaimed Lithuanian novelist Kristina Sabaliauskaitė, and cellist, singer and songwriter Ayanna Witter-Johnson.

Also on the programme Hollie McNish introduces the poet Iona Lee, who shares work inspired by her childhood experiences of Scottish forests.

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In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination - The Forest (16-24 June).

The week-long season, Into The Forest, will explore how composers, folk singers, novelists, artists, thriller-writers, poets, film-makers and many others have all been drawn back again and again to the enclosed world of dense trees.

Each morning Radio 3 Breakfast will broadcast live from a different forest across the UK. The sound of the forest will then continue throughout the day on the station, exploring how music has continually been inspired by the natural world, from the 19th century Romantic composers to Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Programmes will explore the myth, fairy tale, enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer.

Into The Forest on BBC Radio 3 brings the forest to listeners at home, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Into The Forest is the first of three dedicated weeks of programming across the year exploring the ongoing influence of this natural landscape on music and the arts.

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

Face In The Crowd

In 1977, Africa Liberation Day took place in Handsworth Park, Birmingham, and Vanley Burke was there to capture it on camera. In this programme, interviews with Burke and four of the people in the photograph he took on that day aim to uncover who they were then, and who they are now.

It was mostly young people who took part in the rally in the park - the children of the Windrush immigrants. They were either born here or joined their parents some years later. For some of them, Africa Liberation Day was a political awakening - for others, a day out with friends. Some had begun to question their identity and role in this country.

Though thought to be the biggest gathering of black people in Britain at the time, there appear to be no records of it apart from the photograph.

With the voices of Vanley Burke, Norville Bynoe, Derek Douglas and sisters Rhonda and Louisa Nisbett.

Production Assistant and voiceover: Chanise Evans

  • Producer: Caroline Raphael
  • A Dora production for BBC Radio 4

 

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Before Your Very Ears

The secret life of the rubbish skip is revealed.

They are such a familiar sight on our streets that most of us take the common-or-garden skip for granted. But to some, skips are the focal point of their lives, whether for survival, art, or the subject of a university Garbology degree. And what is our fascination with not only keeping an eye on what other people put in them, but also maybe having a rummage or spiriting away a discarded piece of treasure?

Writer and gardening expert Alys Fowler, no stranger herself to ‘liberating’ skipped curios for her garden and home, builds a picture of our behaviour in and around these metal Aladdin's caves and unearths amusing and amazing tales to add to skip folklore of recent years.

Forget the old floorboards and broken sofas, aficionados see skips as a source of everything from priceless antiques to free food. And if your community needs affordable extra amenities such as a swimming pool or skateboard park, there's an artist who’s created these very things - from old skips!

Alys looks in a fresh way at skips throughout the land: what secrets and treasures are they set to reveal?

  • Producer: Neil Cargill

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2010

 

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Radcliffe and Maconie

Former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes chats to Mark and Stuart about his latest solo work.

World’s Strongest Man is Gaz’s third solo album and follows 2015’s Matador, which was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2015. Gaz began his music career as the lead singer of The Jennifers, before forming hit Britpop-band Supergrass in 1993.

Also on the show there’s the never-ending feature The Chain, which links together one record to another using listeners’ suggestions, and Teatime Themetime, plus the latest updates in the world of rock and pop in the day’s Music News.

  • Presenter: Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie
  • Producer: Lorna Skingley for 7digital

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

CrowdScience: Are We Running Out Of Groundwater?

Some of the biggest reserves of freshwater are right under our feet and they're really important for farming as well as providing us with water to drink. However, in some areas of the world, groundwater is being slurped up quicker than it can be replenished. In fact, about 1.7 billion people live in regions where groundwater is under stress, 60% of them in India and China. This figure is set to rise as the climate changes and as the population grows.

A CrowdScience listener from Afghanistan wants to know if we will run out of groundwater and what the repercussions might be. Marnie Chesterton learns of thirsty leopards venturing into villages in search of something to drink and looks to Bangalore in India to understand why this precious resource is knowingly over-exploited. She turns to Mexico, Malta and England to understand what happens when we deplete groundwater supplies. Will they recover? Finally, she hears about water-saving techniques from the vineyards of Afghanistan.

Presented by Marnie Chesterton. Produced by Graihagh Jackson for BBC World Service.

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