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Music Matters

Erik Satie at 150

BBC Radio 3
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45 minutes Available for over a year First broadcast:
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Tom Service explores Satie, the man and his music, on the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Tom Service re-appraises Erik Satie, the man and his music, on the 150th anniversary of his birth. Including contributions from Caroline Potter and Pascal Roge.

Tom Service re-appraises Erik Satie, the man and his music, on the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Satie was an eccentric figure in Paris: the velvet gentleman with identical suits, who lived in a cramped 'cupboard' in Montmartre before moving to the suburbs in Arcueil. He had an uncanny knack of being involved in all the latest artistic advances of the time, collaborating with Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso among others.

Tom visits some of Satie's favourite haunts in Paris and endeavours to find the truth behind the colourful stories of his eccentric life. At the Musée de Montmartre he discovers Satie's connections with visual artists, and at the Lapin Agile he experiences the form of artistic cabaret as Satie would have encountered it.

With expert opinion from musicologists Caroline Potter and Robert Orledge, pianist Pascal Rogé, composer Kurt Schwertsik, stage director Danielle Mathieu-Bouillon, and Satie enthusiast Alistair McGowan.

Credits

Presenter
Tom Service
Interviewed Guest
Caroline Potter
Interviewed Guest
Robert Orledge
Interviewed Guest
Pascal Roge
Interviewed Guest
Kurt Schwertsik
Interviewed Guest
Danielle Mathieu-Bouillon
Interviewed Guest
Alistair McGowan

Saturday Drama

Lewis Carroll - Alice through the Looking Glass

BBC Radio 4
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1 hour, 30 minutes Available for years First broadcast:
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Alice's fantastical story collides with Radio 4, as she crashes a giant game of chess.

4 Extra Debut. Alice's fantastical story collides with Radio 4, as she crashes a giant game of chess. With Lauren Mote and Julian Rhind-Tutt.

By Lewis Carroll, dramatised by Stephen Wyatt It's mid-winter, the snow is falling against the window, and Alice is learning how to play chess but then, on a whim, she goes to the mirror and pretends her black kitten is the Red Queen and suddenly everything changes ...

With Jim Al-Khalili, Roger McGough, Jenni Murray, Jane Garvey, Eric Robson, Pippa Greenwood, Peter Donaldson, Kirsty Young, Andrew Marr, Evan Davies, Garry Richardson & Melvyn Bragg.

This dramatisation brings out the intellectual spine of Lewis Carroll's classic story - while losing none of the fun.

When Alice crashes through the looking glass she enters a world set out like a giant chess board and discovers science, maths, poetry, riddles, and wordplay. It is instantly entertaining and tantalizingly offers the listener more than meets the ear.

In this fast-moving and surrealist world, Alice has to decode the bizarre rules of the mirror-world. If Alice can get to The Eighth Square she will be Queen. Lewis Carroll is ever present. He sets out the chess game for Alice, teasing the listener into having an overview of his story and exploring the ideas within it.

On her chess journey Alice will meet the Red & White Queen, Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledee and Tweedledum (who might be more familiar than the listener can possibly imagine) and the Red & White Knights. But there's a twist here - Alice will also discover that Radio 4 can be found on the other side of the glass.

Published for Christmas 1871 this story is the mirror image of Alice In Wonderland: the characters are chess pieces instead of cards. It is Winter rather than Summer and time runs backwards. Tim Burton's film was 'inspired' by Lewis Carroll's books but it wasn't Lewis Carroll's book. This is a chance for the Radio 4 listeners to discover the real thing and show them why this classic appeals to philosophers, linguists and chess fans, prefaced Modernism, has provoked a wealth of academic study, and in doing so remind them of the bits they loved in childhood (and the bits they've forgotten).

Mathematician Carroll, prefaced his book with a chess problem. It is claimed the game is a part of a sequence of numbers - that Alice's journey is code - that Carroll was flirting with numerology and esotericism. It is intriguing because Carroll loved number games and puzzles. He was frighteningly clever. He regularly invented things. You could say he was the Mark Zuckerberg of his time.

Credits

Alice
Lauren Mote
Lewis Carroll
Julian Rhind-Tutt
The Red Queen
Carole Boyd
The White Queen
Sally Phillips
Humpty Dumpty
Nicholas Parsons
Tweedledee
Alistair McGowan
Tweedledum
Alistair McGowan
The White Knight
John Rowe
The White King
Robert Blythe
Messenger
Ben Crowe
Guard
Patrick Brennan
Pudding
Stephanie Racine
Writer
Stephen Wyatt

Genre

Front Row

Alistair McGowan as Jimmy Savile, Amitav Ghosh, Richard Dadd

BBC Radio 4
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30 minutes Available for over a year First broadcast:

Alistair McGowan as Jimmy Savile, Amitav Ghosh, Richard Dadd and Bayreuth feud.

Presented by Kirsty Lang. Alistair McGowan discusses playing Jimmy Savile, Amitav Ghosh on his novel Flood of Fire, Richard Dadd's exhibition reviewed and trouble at Bayreuth.

Alistair McGowan plays the role of Jimmy Savile in a controversial new play by Jonathan Maitland which opened last night. McGowan and Maitland discuss their mixed feelings about the project and how and why they chose to portray the serial paedophile.

The novelist Amitav Ghosh talks about the final part of his Ibis Trilogy, Flood of Fire, which follows the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke, set during the turbulent times of the Opium Wars.

A new exhibition by the Victorian artist Richard Dadd shows paintings from his early career, when he was seen as one of the most talented and promising artists of his generation, to paintings completed after he suffered a breakdown and was admitted to Bethlem psychiatric Hospital. Historian Kathryn Hughes reviews.

As Wagner's German opera house Bayreuth prepares for the 150th anniversary performance of Tristan and Isolde, music critic and writer Norman Lebrecht considers the almighty row that is taking place between Wagner's two great-grand-daughters who run the festival.

Presenter Kirsty Lang

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest
Alistair McGowan
Interviewed Guest
Jonathan Maitland
Interviewed Guest
Amitav Ghosh
Interviewed Guest
Kathryn Hughes
Interviewed Guest
Norman Lebrecht
Producer
Jerome Weatherald

Brand

Front Row

Saturday Live

Alistair McGowan

BBC Radio 4
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1 hour, 28 minutes Available for over a year First broadcast:
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Aasmah Mir and Suzy Klein talk to impressionist and actor Alistair McGowan.

Impressionist and actor Alistair McGowan joins Aasmah Mir and Suzy Klein to talk sporting passions, finding your roots and the joys of Noel Coward.

Also joining us is Katy U'ren, a PE teacher from Glasgow. She discusses what it was like to teach children in Bangladesh how to swim as part of UNICEF's SwimSafe campaign, and what she's doing back home to transform the lives of the children she teaches.

Listener Emma got in touch with Saturday Live after tracking down her birth mother on Facebook. She explains how the black hole of her past life has now been filled in â€" all the way back to 1647.

Jack Durand is 14 and has just become the first Briton ever to win the World Youth Scrabble Championship. He gives us his tips for winning words.

JP Devlin speaks to Jeanette Charles who has been impersonating The Queen for the last 42 years. As she prepares to take things a little easier, we hear what it's been like to live life as someone else.

Virtuoso pianist Lang Lang shares his Inheritance Tracks. He chooses Tristesse from Etudes Opus 10 No 3 by Chopin and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3 played by Prokofiev.

'Sincerely Noel' - a cabaret evening featuring a medley of songs and poems by Noel Coward, devised by and starring Alistair McGowan and Charlotte Page - is on at The Crazy Coqs in central London from Tuesday 9th September for 5 nights.

Alistair's motto as shared on the programme: Good, better, best. May it never rest. Until the good is better and the better best.

Produced by Alex Lewis.

Credits

Presenter
Aasmah Mir
Presenter
Suzy Klein
Presenter
JP Devlin
Interviewed Guest
Alistair McGowan
Interviewed Guest
Katy U'ren
Interviewed Guest
Jack Durand
Interviewed Guest
Jeannette Charles
Interviewed Guest
Lang Lang
Producer
Alex Lewis

Loose Ends

Meera Syal, Anthony Head, Alistair McGowan, Rhyannon Styles, Ron Sexsmith, Mykki Blanco, Scottee, Clive Anderson

BBC Radio 4
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38 minutes Available for over a year First broadcast:

Meera Syal and Alistair McGowan join Clive Anderson for conversation, music and comedy.

Clive Anderson and Scottee are joined by Meera Syal, Anthony Head, Alistair McGowan and Rhyannon Styles. With music from Ron Sexsmith and Mykki Blanco.

Clive Anderson and Scottee are joined by Meera Syal, Anthony Head, Alistair McGowan and Rhyannon Styles. With music from Ron Sexsmith and Mykki Blanco.

Producer: Paula McGinley.

Credits

Presenter
Clive Anderson
Presenter
undefined Scottee
Interviewed Guest
Meera Syal
Interviewed Guest
Anthony Head
Interviewed Guest
Alistair McGowan
Interviewed Guest
Rhyannon Styles
Performer
Ron Sexsmith
Performer
Mykki Blanco
Producer
Paula McGinley

Brand

Loose Ends

What The Future?

Series 1 Bees

BBC Radio 4
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30 minutes Available for years First broadcast:
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Kirsty Wark presents a documentary from the future. What if the bees were to be no more?

What if bees are no more, 30 years from now? Kirsty Wark’s documentary from the future. With Nadia Kamil. From 2014.

All the bees are dead. And we love it! Britons revel in sting-less, insect-free summers.

But soon all the honey vanishes and instantly becomes the must-have accoutrement for rappers and grime artists. With no pollination, all fruits and vegetables vanish and a panicked government tries to find bees in North Korea and, confusingly, space.

Can Brian Cox and Brian May, the country's leading science people, find a solution? Probably not.

Kirsty Wark presents a documentary from the future...

Starring:

Nadia Kamil

Geoffrey McGivern

Kieran Hogson

Alistair McGowan

Alice Scott-Gemmill

Elaine Caxton

Sam Dale

Paul Heath

Bettrys Jones

Recorded 30 years from now, What the Future plunges into the world of tomorrow and investigates how decisions and actions from today’s headlining issues could have massive repercussions on our later lives.

Written by Madeleine Brettingham, Steve Burge and Dale Shaw.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2014.

Genre

What The Future?

Series 1 Cars

BBC Radio 4
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25 minutes Available for years First broadcast:
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Kirsty Wark presents a documentary from the future. What if driverless cars became a hit?

Kirsty Wark presents a documentary from 30 years in the future, imagining if driverless cars were to become a hit. From 2014.

Automatic vehicles are introduced into the country. At first, things are great. Drivetime radio becomes highly intellectual, children take to the roads and the driving test becomes dead, dead easy.

Only Jeremy Clarkson has his doubts, which he expresses by feeding a driverless car to a bear, live on Top Gear. And he's right. Soon the cars gain sentience, reproduce and use roundabouts as giant nests. Then, they take over the world.

Kirsty Wark presents a documentary from the future...

Starring:

Nadia Kamil

Geoffrey McGivern

Kieran Hogson

Alistair McGowan

Alice Scott-Gemmill

Ivan Gonzalez

Hannah Genesius

Jane Slavin

Shaun Mason.

Recorded 30 years from now, What the Future plunges into the world of tomorrow and investigates how decisions and actions from today’s headlining issues could have massive repercussions on our later lives.

Written by Madeleine Brettingham, Steve Burge and Dale Shaw.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2014.

Genre

What The Future?

Series 1 Drugs

BBC Radio 4
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30 minutes Available for years First broadcast:
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Kirsty Wark presents a documentary from the future. What if Britain legalised marijuana?

What if drugs were legal, 30 years from now? Kirsty Wark’s documentary from the future. With Geoffrey McGivern. From 2014.

Britain, in a desperate attempt to look fashionable, legalises marijuana.

Soon her majesty the Queen lights up the first ceremonial joint on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Now perpetually stoned, politicians legalise other drugs to perk us all up a bit. But soon a drug addled nation turns to beat poetry, henge sell-offs and injury claims to fund its habit.

Kirsty Wark presents a documentary from the future...

Starring:

Nadia Kamil

Geoffrey McGivern

Kieran Hogson

Alistair McGowan

Alice Scott-Gemmill

Max Olesker

Jane Slavin

Recorded 30 years from now, What the Future plunges into the world of tomorrow and investigates how decisions and actions from today’s headlining issues could have massive repercussions on our later lives.

Written by Madeleine Brettingham, Steve Burge and Dale Shaw.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2014.

Genre

What The Future?

Series 1 Living longer

BBC Radio 4
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30 minutes Available for years First broadcast:
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Kirsty Wark presents a documentary from the future. What if we could all live forever?

What if we live forever, 30 years from now? Kirsty Wark’s documentary from the future. With Alistair McGowan. From 2014.

As we all live longer, soon the elderly population outnumbers the young. The multiplexes are crammed full of sex romps starring Bill Nighy and soluble ham is a big seller. Soon, the Baby Boomers take over.

While young people starve and suffer, the old blow billions on sending Danny Baker to the moon. But the population shrinks, and the elderly take drastic measures to solve the problem, creating something called a Sentient Organ Sac. It doesn't go well.

Kirsty Wark presents a documentary from the future...

Starring:

Nadia Kamil

Geoffrey McGivern

Kieran Hogson

Alistair McGowan

Alice Scott-Gemmill

Ewan Bailey

Roslyn Hill

Hannah Genesius

Monty d'Inverno

Paul Heath.

Recorded 30 years from now, What the Future plunges into the world of tomorrow and investigates how decisions and actions from today’s headlining issues could have massive repercussions on our later lives.

Written by Madeleine Brettingham, Steve Burge and Dale Shaw.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2014.

Genre

In Tune Highlights

'The only way I could achieve this was by running away' - Sir Peter Wright on becoming a dancer

BBC Radio 3
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20 minutes Available for over a year Web Only

Picks from the week including Hilary Hahn, Sophie Raworth, and Alistair McGowan.

Credits

Interviewed Guest
Hilary Hahn
Interviewed Guest
Sophie Raworth
Interviewed Guest
Alistair McGowan
Interviewed Guest
Peter Wright
Presenter
Clemency Burton-Hill
Presenter
Katie Derham

Joe All Alone

Series 1 Episode 1: The Whole Story

CBBC
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1 hour, 15 minutes Available for 14 days First broadcast:
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Joe tells the story of how he came to be home alone with a backpack full of money.

Drama series. Joe is upset to learn that his mum and her horrible boyfriend Dean are going on holiday to Spain for a week, leaving Joe behind on his own.

Thirteen-year-old Joe is upset to learn that his mum and her horrible boyfriend Dean are going on holiday to Spain, leaving Joe behind on his own. Dean warns Joe not to tell anyone, or the authorities will find out and take Joe into care.

Abandoned with just 20 pounds, Joe plays X-Box all night, makes a surprise friend in Asha (who's run away from home to move in with her grandad next door), and discovers a sealed bag lodged in the lavatory cistern containing £20,000!

A week goes by and his mum hasn't returned. Instead, a threatening stranger (known as the Watcher) is calling the flat saying he wants the £20,000!

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