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Network Radio Week 19

Sunday 4 May 2008

BBC RADIO 2 Sunday 4 May 2008
Elaine Paige On Sunday
Sunday 4 May
1.00-2.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Elaine Paige celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End with special guest Anita Dobson.


Currently starring in the UK national tour of Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!, Anita talks to Elaine about the appeal of the role of Dolly Levi; why she believes Barbra Streisand's interpretation is hard to beat; and why she would never go back to EastEnders.


Anita's Essential Musicals include Guys And Dolls (Broadway 1950), The Boy Friend (London 1954), and My Fair Lady (Broadway 1956).


Listeners can hear more of their conversation directly after the programme by visiting Elaine's showpage at


Presenter/Elaine Paige, Producer/Malcolm Prince


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Sunday Half Hour
Sunday 4 May
8.00-8.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Brian D'Arcy celebrates the Ascension with a selection of well-known hymns.


The featured singers are from Giffnock South Parish Church, directed by Duncan McClure and accompanied by organist Peter Howard. There is also a solo item by this year's BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year, Charlotte McKechnie.


Hymns include: Crown Him With Many Crowns, Lord Enthroned In Heavenly Splendour and Alleluia, Sing To Jesus.


Presenter/Brian D'Arcy, Producer/Janet McLarty


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BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 4 May 2008
Private Passions
Sunday 4 May
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Michael Berkeley's guest is Professor Brian Foster, OBE, Head of the Department of Particle Physics at Oxford University and Fellow of Balliol College. He is also European Director of the Global Design Effort for the International Linear Collider, the next major project proposed in particle physics.


Apart from his distinguished work as a physicist, Brian Foster is passionate about music, especially the violin. He is currently taking lessons from young violinist Jack Liebeck, and the two have teamed up to create Superstrings, a lecture/performance that uses music – especially Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin – to unravel the complex world of particle physics, taking as its starting point Einstein's Theory of Relativity.


Brian Foster's choices for Private Passions inevitably focus on a selection of violin music, including the Brahms Concerto, played by Bronislaw Huberman, a Mozart sonata, played by Arthur Grumiaux and Walter Klein, Bruch's G minor Violin Concerto (which Brian Foster is currently learning), played by Joshua Bell, and Prokofiev's Second Sonata, played by Jack Liebeck. There's also a Palestrina Mass, Glenn Gould playing part of Bach's Goldberg Variations, Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2 with Shostakovich at the piano, and Chet Baker's version of Rodgers and Hart's My Funny Valentine.


Presenter/Michael Berkeley, Producer/Chris Marshall


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The Choir
Sunday 4 May
6.30-8.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Aled Jones explores a variety of choral works dedicated to Mary, Mother of Jesus, including a Regina Caeli by Mozart, a Stabat Mater by Knut Nystedt and Magnificats by Monteverdi and Jacques Loussier.


Mary has festivals throughout the year, especially in the Catholic and Anglican Church. However, May is traditionally regarded as "Mary's month" when many Christians observe the May Crowning – an observance that can trace its roots beyond the Christian tradition to the many pagan spring festivals.


Aled hears how different eras have serenaded May. Plainchant is the oldest music and, even in these austere sounds, Aled detects a tender note when Mary is the subject. The simple piety of Liszt's Ave Maris Stella and Brahms's Regina Coeli are contrasted with the grandeur of Monteverdi's Magnificat.


Work from the 20th century includes Knut Nystedt's setting of the most dramatic of Mary's hymns, the Stabat Mater – a medieval poem that meditates on Mary's pain as she witnesses the Cruxifixion of her Son. Also from the modern era is a setting of Totus Tuus by young Slovenian Ambrož Copi, and Mozart's Regina Coeli, composed while Mozart was still a teenager.


Presenter/Aled Jones, Producer/Chris Taylor


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Drama On 3 – Othello By William Shakespeare
Sunday 4 May
8.00-10.45pm BBC RADIO 3

Drama On 3 gives listeners a chance to hear the critically acclaimed, sold-out Donmar Warehouse production of William Shakespeare's Othello, directed by Michael Grandage, with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the title role and Ewan McGregor as Iago.


Othello remains one of Shakespeare's most performed and studied plays, with the intense driving force of the "green-eyed monster" transforming the love Othello bears for his wife, Desdemona, to suspicion and murder, carefully orchestrated by Iago. Ejiofor received particular accolades for his portrayal of a leader consumed by jealousy, winning an Olivier Award for Best Actor and Critics Circle Award for Best Shakespearian Performance. The production was nominated for a further three Olivier Awards.


Adam Cork's music, written for the production, has been adapted for the broadcast. The cast also includes Tom Hiddleston as Cassio and Kelly Reilly as Desdemona.


Producer/Nicolas Soames, Director/Michael Grandage


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Words And Music
Sunday 4 May
10.45pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 3

Words And Music presents an atmospheric sequence of music, interspersed with well-loved and less familiar poems around the theme of food and drink.


Alison Steadman reads a selection of culinary verse, including Moules à la Marinière by Elizabeth Garrett, Since by WH Auden and Chocs by Carol Ann Duffy. Timothy West feasts on Tony Harrison's A Kumquat For John Keats, Hillaire Belloc's On Food and Elizabeth Bishop's The Fish. Interwoven with the poetry is Schubert's The Trout Quintet, Binchois's The Feast Of The Pheasant and Fats Waller's Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood Mama).


Readers/Timothy West and Alison Steadman,
Producer/Tim Prosser


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BBC RADIO 4 Sunday 4 May 2008
The Reunion Ep 5/5
Sunday 4 May
11.15am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Sue MacGregor is joined by the cast and director of the 1987 British cult movie Withnail And I in a special edition of The Reunion, recorded in front of an audience at the BFI Southbank.


Richard E Grant (Withnail), Paul McGann (Marwood), Ralph Brown (Danny The Drug Dealer) and writer/director Bruce Robinson are brought together to discuss this cult classic. There is also an extended interview with Uncle Monty, played by Richard Griffiths.


The film centres on two unemployed actors, Withnail and Marwood, living in drunken squalor in a stinking flat in London's Camden Town. They decide to seek refuge from the daily struggle and depressing lack of acting work by repairing to the countryside. Foul weather, lack of food, grumpy farmers, a stray bull and a psychotic poacher exacerbate their misery.


To conclude the current series of The Reunion, the cast and director discuss the tension that existed with the film's producers, Handmade, who nearly pulled the plug because they felt it was not funny. Sue learns how teetotal Richard E Grant prepared to play the alcoholic Withnail, and the secret of getting a chicken to stand on a kitchen table for an entire afternoon is revealed.


Presenter/Sue MacGregor, Producer/Kevin Dawson


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Book Club
Sunday 4 May
4.00-4.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was 29 when she won last year's Orange Prize – its youngest-ever winner.


In Book Club, she discusses Half Of A Yellow Sun, her novel about the Nigerian-Biafran war of 1967-70. The war claimed both of her grandfathers' lives and her novel is dedicated to both their memories.


Chimamanda says Nigeria is still coming to terms with the war and she hopes the novel contributes to the debate. She says Half Of A Yellow Sun is about the "other Africa", though she is keen not to portray Africa as one huge refugee camp, but as a continent with many diverse stories rather than one single story of suffering and dependency.


In the novel two sisters, daughters of a wealthy businessman; a houseboy from a poor village; and an English writer are caught up in the Biafran war. Their loyalties are severely tested as they are pulled apart and thrown together in surprising ways. The title of the novel comes from the emblem of the Biafran flag.


A group of readers – including members of the Nigerian community in London – ask Chimamanda about her novel and presenter James Naughtie chairs the discussion.


Producer/Fiona Couper


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Westminster Hour – The Sermon On The Mound
Sunday 4 May
10.45-11.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Twenty years ago, in 1988, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher came to Scotland to speak to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on The Mound in Edinburgh. It should have been a meeting of minds; the English Prime Minister from a non-conformist background had few theological quarrels with the reformed Church of Scotland. Thatcher had already tried to woo Scotland by praising the Scottish economist Adam Smith; could appearing at the Scottish equivalent of the General Synod seal a compact with the Scottish middle classes who had proved oddly immune to the attractions of the Thatcher revolution?


Thatcher's speech became dubbed "the sermon on The Mound" – but, unlike the original, it failed to make converts. It marks the key moment in which the Scottish middle classes rejected Thatcherism, convinced that she had insulted the Scottish Church and mocked the values of the Scottish bourgeoisie.


Margaret Thatcher attempted to offer a theological justification for her ideas on capitalism and the market economy. She claimed: "Christianity is about spiritual redemption, not social reform" and she quoted St Paul, saying: "If a man will not work he shall not eat." It went down like a lead balloon. One leading churchman described the speech as "a disgraceful travesty of the Gospel". When she finished speaking, the Moderatator James Whyte formally presented her with Church reports on housing and poverty, which was interpreted in the press as a polite rebuke.


Those who were there, who advised Margaret Thatcher on the speech, and the Ministers who sat in the Assembly Hall tell of their involvement and work out why her attempt to woo the Scottish middle classes misfired.


Iain MacWhirter of the Sunday Herald tries to make sense of this controversial gaffe and assesses its legacy both in Scotland and the UK as a whole.


Presenter/Iain MacWhirter, Producer/David Stenhouse


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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Sunday 4 May 2008
5 Live Sport
Sunday 4 May
12.00noon-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Eleanor Oldroyd presents build-up and commentary on one of the day's biggest games as the Coca-Cola Championship reaches its climax and the automatic promotion and play-off places are confirmed. The matches kick off at 2pm.


There is also commentary from the Barclays Premier League game between Liverpool and Manchester City at 4pm, and reports from Arsenal v Everton from 1.30pm.


There are also reports from rugby union's Guinness Premier League, which sees four games this afternoon, plus discussion on the talking points across all sports, including football, rugby, the World Snooker Championship from Sheffield's Crucible and the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.


Presenter/Eleanor Oldroyd, Producer/Haydn Parry


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