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Network Radio BBC Week 41: Monday 12 October 2009

BBC RADIO 1 Monday 12 October 2009

Radio 1 Stories – The Story Of Biffy Clyro

Monday 12 October
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 1

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro are the focus of this week's Radio 1 Stories – a series of weekly one-hour documentaries exploring the musical back-story of listeners' favourite artists, eras, genres and scenes.

Radio 1 had exclusive access to Biffy Clyro in Los Angeles and New York as they recorded their new album, and the rock trio themselves voice this intimate and honest behind-the-scenes documentary.

Contributions from their producer Garth Richardson, legendary composer David Campbell, their fans, their tour manager and their manager paint a bigger picture of what makes Biffy Clyro one of the biggest cult bands in the world.

Next week will see the first of a 10-part series, The Story Of The Noughties, which celebrates the first decade of the 21st century by looking at the musical and cultural phenomena that have shaped the lives of Radio 1 and its listeners.

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BBC RADIO 2 Monday 12 October 2009

Ken Bruce

Monday 12 October
9.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 2

Ken Bruce is joined by American singer-songwriter Michael Bolton, who shares his Tracks Of My Years. Michael released his latest album One World, One Love in September and his first single from it, Just One Love, was also released last month. Plus there's PopMaster, the Love Song and the Record Of The Week, which comes from Canadian musician Michael Bublé.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Gary Bones

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Simon Mayo

Monday 12 October
5.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Listeners have the opportunity to hear Simon Mayo who, from January 2009, will be the new host of Radio 2's Drivetime.

Presenter/Simon Mayo, Producer/Helen Thomas

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Big Band Special

Monday 12 October
10.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Clare Teal presents the second part of Big Band Special's 30th anniversary concert.

Recorded at the Town Hall in Birmingham, the BBC Big Band and conductor Jiggs Whigham are joined on stage by guest singer Matthew Ford. The music includes arrangements written specially for the BBC Big Band over the last 30 years by notable writers such as Bob Florence, Allan Ganley and Ernie Wilkins.

Presenter/Clare Teal, Producer/Bob McDowall

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The Mario Lanza Story Ep 2/2

Monday 12 October
11.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa concludes her revealing portrait of an extraordinary singing talent who influenced a generation of tenors, including Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

In October 1959, the much-loved singer and Hollywood star Mario Lanza died in an Italian clinic at the tender age of 38.

Lured away from a promising future in opera by Hollywood's millions, Lanza's rise was meteoric. Yet his story is a real American tragedy. He suffered ill-health after years of drinking, overeating and crash-dieting and, following a split from MGM, his career was curtailed by his untimely death.

The Mario Lanza Story features new interviews, including insights from Lanza's daughter Ellisa, his best friend Terry Robinson, renowned tenor José Carreras and actor Terence Stamp.

Presenter/Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Producer/Isobel Williams

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BBC RADIO 3 Monday 12 October 2009

Composer Of The Week – Richard Strauss Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 12 to Friday 16 October
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Donald Macleod tells the story of German composer and conductor Richard Strauss (1864-1949). Born soon after the deaths of Wagner and Brahms, Strauss forged new ground with his virtuosic orchestral tone poems and grand repertoire operas, developing a richly eclectic style that blurred the boundaries between Romanticism and 20th-century music. The patriotic German's life and career spanned eight decades, encompassing two momentous world wars and the fascism that irrevocably altered his country around him, bringing into question his role as one of Germany's most important artists.

Donald begins on Monday with the story of Strauss's final days, framed by outstanding recordings of his early works. The composer wrote on his deathbed: "Dying is just as I composed it in Death And Transfiguration." Tuesday's programme examines the events in the composer's early career that prompted his determination to reinvent musical forms and push Romanticism to its limits. On Wednesday, Donald looks at Strauss's everyday life, including his favourite pastime, the card game Skat, and at a revealing musical portrait of his family life, the Symphonia Domestica. On Thursday, Donald gets a sense of Strauss's profound sense of irony as the First World War enveloped him, including his incidental music Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, which presents the style and mood of 18th-century music in a 20th-century manner. Friday concludes with an appraisal of Strauss's controversial role as the leading German composer of the Nazi era, plus a chance to hear what has been called "the most challenging tonal choral work ever written", his Deutsche Motette.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/David Dwight

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Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Live event/outside broadcast
Monday 12 October
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

In 2002 British violinist Jennifer Pike won the BBC Young Musician Of The Year competition at the age of 12 (at the time, the youngest-ever winner). Jennifer now has a burgeoning concert career, which this summer saw her perform three times at the Proms. She is currently in her second year as a member of the Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme.

In this live concert from London's Wigmore Hall, for which she is joined by pianist Martin Roscoe, she plays Schumann's First Sonata, Dvoƙák's enchanting Four Romantic Pieces, an elegant Praeludium and Allegro by Fritz Kreisler, and Ravel's Tzigane. Jennifer's father, Jeremy, is also a noted composer, and the programme also features a short work by him, entitled Processions.

Presenter/Louise Fryer, Producer/Lindsay Kemp

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The Essay – When Writers Play Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 12 to Friday 16 October
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Novelist Patrick Gale
Novelist Patrick Gale

This series of The Essay features five writers who play musical instruments.

Monday's programme begins the series with novelist Patrick Gale's recollections of taking up the cello. It was, he says, better than playing sports at school and he has now commissioned someone to make him his own instrument.

At the end of each programme, the writers demonstrate their musical talents.

Presenter/Patrick Gale, Producer/Duncan Minshull

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BBC RADIO 4 Monday 12 October 2009

Book Of The Week – The Defence Of The Realm Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 12 to Friday 16 October
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

This book signals an unprecedented publishing event: to mark the centenary of its foundation, the British Security Service, MI5, has for the first time opened its archives to an independent historian.

The Defence Of The Realm begins with the founding of the organisation in 1909. Charting its varied successes and failures through the two world wars to the chill of the Cold War and more recently the complex world of counter-terrorism, this is a vast book with considerable new material.

Reader/tbc, Producer/Jill Waters

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Woman's Hour Drama – Degrees Of Separation Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 12 to Friday 16 October
10.45-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

This week's five stories are based on listeners' experiences of separation.

The programme invited listeners to send in details of their experiences of separation, and nearly 500 listeners responded with tales that explored a whole cross-section of emotions.

The stories covered issues such as painful partings from parents and children, as well as death and divorce, departure and distance, and the joys of discovering new possibilities, partners and places. There was great love and affection, and great anger and bitterness.

Grandparents grieved for grandchildren kept from them, and children mourned parents taken from them by dementia and death. Jobs were lost, friends moved away, houses were sold and pets died. But new loves were found, children reunited with parents, and sometimes sorrow turned to acceptance and new pleasures.

Writer Katie Hims and producer Sara Davies read them all, and they have turned the stories and the emotions they describe into a series of short fictional plays.

The plays have their roots in the lives of the Woman's Hour audience. They take inspiration and details from many sources, and in the final five fictional stories listeners may recognise a phrase that is theirs, or an emotion they have beautifully put into words, elements of their own story or a situation they have been through.

Everyone involved has been promised anonymity – no one is identified or named, and each short drama incorporates elements of many different listeners' experiences.

Producer/Sara Davies

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Brain Of Britain 2009 Ep 1/17

New series
Monday 12 October
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

The much-loved radio quiz enters its 57th season, with another 48 contestants from all walks of life and from across the UK, all hoping to lift the silver trophy that will make them Brain Of Britain 2010.

This year, writer and broadcaster Russell Davies takes the chair in Robert Robinson's absence.

As ever, the questions draw upon the widest possible range of general knowledge. The time-honoured format remains in place: contestants have a chance to answer up to five questions in a row, their turn ending only when they get a question wrong, and they earn what can be an invaluable bonus point for scoring five in a row.

The final will be transmitted on Monday 1 February 2010.

Presenter/Russell Davies, Producer/Paul Bajora

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Afternoon Play – Legacy

Monday 12 October
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

When the weekly list of unclaimed estates is published, two probate detectives – ex-police officer Dan and his ruthless and amoral sister Rachel – hunt for a body backwards through the family line to find the true heir and get a slice of the fortune.

However, their business is not doing well. Up to their eyes in debt, they need to make some money soon or they'll go under. When the weekly list is published, one case catches their eye, one that has been hanging around unresolved for the best part of two years. The quest leads them across continents and among hidden lives to a broken family and a terrible secret.

Bill Seymour, a widower in his sixties, has died from liver failure, leaving behind a sizeable estate and no known heirs. Neighbours had little time for the drunk who made his living repairing vintage motorbikes. It is known that he was an Australian who had lived in the UK since marrying in the Eighties.

When Rachel bribes her way into Bill's now empty house she discovers an old photo of him as a boy at Collie Point Orphanage, Perth. The hunt begins. Rachel and Dan fly to Perth to search for information about Bill's past. But at Collie Point they meet a hostile reception.

Their only lead is Victor Riley, a boy who was at Collie Point at the same time as Bill. When they track down Victor, he tells them that he and Bill came over on the ship from England as nine-year-old orphans heading for a new life with a loving family. But the truth is very different.

Maxine Peake and Tony Mooney star in Legacy, written by Cath Staincliffe.

Producer/Nadia Molinari

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A History Of Private Life Ep 11/30

Monday 12 to Friday 16 October
3.45-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Award-winning historian Amanda Vickery
Award-winning historian Amanda Vickery

Award-winning historian Amanda Vickery presents a history of private life in Britain over 400 years. This week, Amanda's theme is visitors at home in the 18th century.

She looks at how the ceremony of visiting became crucial to social standing and business success; how domestic music-making was a way of creating harmony in the family – and finding a suitable partner to marry; and how domestic violence could be concealed, and condoned, in the privacy of the home.

Monday's programme explores how the introduction of tea in the 18th century meant that even people who were not rich and had no servants could afford to entertain. It also meant that the home was opened up to inspection.

In Tuesday's programme, Amanda addresses domestic harmony, exploring how making music was sexy and vital in courtship.

On Wednesday, Amanda takes a look at men, in particular embarrassing uncles and sons, and life with a drunken husband.

Thursday's programme looks at secrets and illicit guests. Amanda reveals juicy stories from adultery cases about women sneaking lovers into the house, and how impossible it was to keep anything from prying servants.

The final programme of the week focuses on domestic violence and how the home became a trap. It shares the moving diary of Ellen Weeton, who was duped into marriage by her older brother with a man who then abused her, keeping her locked up in a back room and forbidding her access to their daughter.

The cast of readers includes Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Jasmine Hyde, Simon Tcherniak and Madeleine Brolly.

The music is performed by Gwyneth Herbert, David Owen Norris and Thomas Guthrie.

Next week, Amanda looks at what home meant to those on the margins in the 18th and early 19th century.

Producer/Elizabeth Burke

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Book At Bedtime – And Another Thing... Ep 1/10

New series
Monday 12 to Friday 16 October
10.45-11.00pm BBC RADIO 4

The international multimedia phenomenon that is Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy needs little introduction. From its beginnings as a Radio 4 series to the novels, TV, film and stage adaptations and computer games that followed in its wake, the adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Trillian are loved by legions of fans.

Eight years after the tragically early death of its creator, Douglas Adams, his widow Jane Belson sanctioned a sixth novel in the Hitchhiker's series to be written by the international bestselling children's writer Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl novels.

Colfer, a fan of the Hitchhiker's series since his schooldays, has now written the sixth book, And Another Thing..., continuing the series where Adams left off.

Abridged by Penny Leicester, Colfer's eagerly anticipated sixth instalment in the series sees Hitchhiker's return to Radio 4 once again.

Reader/Stephen Mangan with Peter Serafinowicz, Producer/Heather Larmour

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Monday 12 October 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Monday 12 October
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Arlo White presents the day's sport news and is joined by John Motson, Steve Claridge and special guests for The Monday Night Club, discussing all the latest football issues.

At 9pm, Arlo is joined by Mark Clemmit and guests for the latest action and news from the Championship and Football League in 5 Live Football League.

Presenter/Arlo White, Producer/Ben North

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BBC 6 MUSIC Monday 12 October 2009

Marc Riley

Monday 12 October
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley's live band Nat Johnson And The Figureheads cross the Pennines from Sheffield to Manchester for the show.

Nat is the former driving force behind Monkey Swallows The Universe and has toured with the likes of Richard Hawley, Long Blondes and Camera Obscura. Nat's band The Figureheads features Monkey Swallows The Universe co-founder Kevin Gori, Chris Loftus of Fury Of The Headteachers and Neil Piper of Champion Kickboxer, so it has an excellent musical heritage.

Their new album, Roman Radio, is released imminently.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

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