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The Smith Lectures
8/8. Series hosted by the irreverent Professor Emeritus Arthur Smith , whose end-of-term lecture features archive gems from Dylan Moran , Lewis Black , Bill Bailey ,
Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden.
1.30 Punt and Dennis: It's Been a Bad Week
3/6. Topical comedy show in which Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis satirise what the media are saying. Repeated from Thursday


Professor Emeritus Arthur Smith
Dylan Moran
Lewis Black
Bill Bailey
Barry Cryer
Ronnie Golden.
Steve Punt
Hugh Dennis

2/2. Steve Lamacq explores the undying phenomenon of live gigs, from smoke-filled pub appearances to superstore-minded stadium shows involving the likes of U2 and Oasis. Lamacq talks to the bands, the promoters, the aspiring singer/ guitarists and the music lovers, and champions the cause of small gigs against potentially threatening Government legislation and big, corporate gig organisers.


Steve LamacQ

A live concert featuring rock conquerors U2, who perform at Twickenham Stadium in London as part of their global Vertigo tour. Presented by Dermot O'Leary.

(U2 lead singer Bono also features in The 20th Anniversary of Live Aid at 8.30pm on Tuesday)

It's been a funny old year for U2 and especially for their singer Bono (he's the one in silly dark glasses above, in case you've been living on another planet for the last 25 years). When he's not been busy denying that he will be standing as president of the World Bank, or honouring the Pope, or being slagged off by Liam Gallagher for studying footage of himself performing after every concert, he's been leading his band on stage as part of a massive world tour, which began in March in San Diego and ends in mid-December with over 1,000 shows having been played. I'd have called it the "Fatiguo" rather than the "Vertigo" tour myself, especially since the average length of each gig so far has been over two hours and has featured around 25 songs. Tonight Radio 2 catches them live at London's Twickenham Stadium, proving to the nation once more why they are still the biggest band in the world. If you love U2 you'll be listening anyway. If you don't, it might be your chance to appreciate what all the fuss has been about this last quarter of a century.


Dermot O'Leary
null U2
Sarah Gaston

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