Alexei Sayle 's Alternative Take
New series 1/6. One of the original comics of conscience and integrity, Alexei Sayle looks at the evolution of satirical, hard-hitting "alternative" comedy and its impact on Britain's arts and culture. This first edtion looks at everything from nuclear issues to race relations, and features Jim Barclay , Tony Allen , Mark Thomas , Mark Steel , Jeremy Hardy , Robert Newman and others. Spoken word choices: page 121
1.30 Alan Carr and Friends at the Fringe
1/2. Award-winning comic Alan Carr introduces the cream of comedians from this year's Edinburgh International Festival. Repeated from Thursday
A chance to hear a recently recorded exclusive concert by serious pop diva Annie Lennox , whose fourth solo studio album, Songs of Mass Destruction, is released in October. Accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra with conductor Andy Brown , the Scottish singer performs new and old songs. Producer Sarah Gaston
Music choices: page 120 Heart and soul: page 12
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