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DECEMBER 18 2014
NOVEMBER 09 2017
LEFT: Sara Cox
kicks off The Children
In Need Takeover on
the Breakfast Show on
Friday, 6.30am, BBC
Radio 2.
Your weekly viewing guide
ATRICK McGuinness travels to Târgu Jiu in
Romania, to explore Constantin Brâncusi’s First
World War memorial The Endless Column, now
considered a modernist masterpiece, for the Sunday
Feature, 6.45pm, BBC Radio 3, Sunday, November
Brâncusi’s sculptural series in Târgu Jiu is a
powerful memorial to the First World War, culminating
with the Endless Column. He called it ‘A column for
It is one of the great art works of the 20th century:
its simplicity, directness, and modularity helped to
define the fundamental principles of modern abstract
Here, writer Patrick McGuinness travels to Târgu to
piece together the story of Brâncusi’s important work
and its significance in the country today.
This is a story about a war memorial, but this is no
ordinary piece of commemorative, public art. It carries
no specific reference to the dead of 1916 or of their
heroic actions and their sacrifices. No names or dates
are engraved into it. There are no slogans or mottos,
horses or lions or statesmen, saints or soldiers.
he radio week
HE 68th series of Radio 4’s multi award-winning
‘antidote to panel games’, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A
Clue, starts its run at the Swan Theatre in High
Wycombe, 6.30pm, BBC Radio 4, Monday, November
Regulars Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and
Barry Cryer are joined on the panel by Jan Ravens,
with Jack Dee as the programme’s reluctant chairman.
Regular listeners will know to expect inspired
nonsense, pointless revelry and Colin Sell at the
RON Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson talks
to Simon Mayo Drivetime (5pm, BBC Radio 2,
Tuesday, November 14) about his forthcoming
autobiography, What Does This Button Do.
In the new book Bruce (a man who famously never
gives interviews about his personal life) shares, for
the first time, the most fascinating recollections,
including his 30 years with Maiden, the early days, his
childhood within the eccentric British school system,
going solo, realising his dream of flying jumbo jets and
his recent battle with tongue cancer.
Heavy metal pioneers since their formation in 1975,
Iron Maiden have sold over 90 million albums and
played over 2,000 shows in 63 countries, making
them one of the most successful and globally
influential bands of all time.
HE blind presenter Peter White roams the world
listening to the sounds of great cities in The
Documentary: Blind Man Roams The Globe,
11.30am, BBC World Service, Wednesday, November
In this episode Peter explores Berlin through the
sounds of a city that’s finding new and imaginative
ways to mark its troubled past and to plan for its fastexpanding future.
This is Peter’s third visit to the city in three decades
and he is struck by how much it’s still haunted by the
past – but with more traditional ways of remembering
giving way to reflective artistic expressions: from laying
stones to mark buildings that housed Jews deported
by the Nazis, through to the undulating sea of stone
blocks that prompt reflections on the holocaust.
And Peter is struck by a familiar lament: people
worrying about how they will keep pace with fast-rising
property prices, prompted in part by an influx of foreign
His guide is a fellow blind man, entrepreneur Erich
Thurner, who talks about disability access and where
to buy the best Turkish bread.
Peter visits the vast subterranean bunkers at
Gedenkstatte, the former Stasi prison. As the door
closes on a damp and dark cell he imagines the
psychological terror of being disorientated and
O WHILEY hosts one of the most unforgettable
bands from the sixties, Deep Purple, for Radio 2 In
Concert, 8pm, BBC Radio 2, Thursday, November
16, which will also be broadcast in vision on BBC Red
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees will be
playing their biggest hits from across the decades.
The holy grail of In Rock (1970) Machine Head (1972)
and Made In Japan (1973) catapulted the 1960s
rock band to the top, with track Smoke On The Water
ascending to mega-status.
This run of special In Concerts celebrates BBC
Radio 2’s 50th birthday.
HE Children In Need Takeover, 6.30pm, BBC
Radio 2, Friday, November 17, will see shows
across the day on Radio 2 hand over their entire
playlists to the children, staff and volunteers from
projects around the UK that are supported by Pudsey’s
piggy bank.
From 6.30-9.30am Sara Cox kicks off The Children
In Need Takeover on the Breakfast Show with fun
guests from the world of children’s TV, plus live music
from The Vamps. The band are best known for their
hits including Can We Dance, Wild Heart and Last Night.
From 9.30-noon Ken Bruce has more brilliant guests
from the world of children’s TV, including Dick & Dom.
Gone To Pot American Road Trip
9pm, ITV, Monday, November 13
LEFT: John Fashanu, Pam
St Clements, Christopher
Biggins, Bobby George and
Linda Robson in front of the
Magical Mystery Tour Bus.
Pick of the radio week
IVE famous faces embark on a road trip like
no other when they board a magical mystery
bus in the US to explore the legalisation of
Birds of a Feather actress Linda Robson, ex
EastEnders actress Pam St Clement, actor
Christopher Biggins, retired footballer and TV
presenter John Fashanu and darts supremo
Bobby George explore the use of marijuana for
both medical and recreational purposes in US
states where it is legal and meet people who have
experienced both the benefits and the downsides.
The issue of legalisation has long been the
subject of debate in the UK with marijuana
having been reported to ease symptoms of
arthritis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and several
other conditions. However, it remains the most
commonly used and trafficked illicit drug in the
world and evidence suggests that frequent and
prolonged use can be detrimental to both mental
and physical health.
Each have their own reasons for exploring the
issue; Pam has polymyalgia rheumatica and has
had a knee replacement, Linda is going through
the menopause and gets hot flushes and mood
swings, Fash is developing arthritis in his knee,
Biggins has pain in his hip and back, and Bobby
broke his back, has had a new hip and knee, has
had arthritis in his right hand and has had three
toes cut off.
The celebrities begin their three-week voyage
of discovery in San Francisco where the city is
celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer
Celebrities take the ‘high’ road on US
trip to explore marijuana’s legalisation
of Love. After a consultation over Skype with a
doctor during which they list their health concerns,
they are each given a medical certificate, which
allows them to legally buy marijuana at a special
Back on board their psychedelic bus, driver Chris
leads the tour and takes the group to Harbourside,
the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the
world, 15 miles east of San Francisco.
Taking in all of the products for sale, from oils,
tinctures and balms to crisps, nuts, cookies and
popcorn, Pam can’t believe her eyes and compares
it to a British supermarket. All of the celebs, bar
Fash, splash some cash, and before they’ve even
left the store, Biggins has managed to scoff one
of his medicated chocolate beans. It’s a big no-no
in California, where you can only legally consume
marijuana on private property.
They then head inland, travelling 100 miles from
San Francisco to Atwater and check into a typical
American Motel. Linda finds it creepy saying, ‘It’s
like a serial killer could get in here. Look, it’s
all ground floor.’ Bobby, Biggins and Pam take
the marijuana medicines they bought earlier at
Harbourside and hope for a good night. Unable to
sleep, at 4.30am Linda tucks into the marijuana
chocolate brownie she picked up earlier in the
The next morning Pam and Biggins are feeling
unusually spritely and Linda admits she felt
extremely relaxed after her brownie and drifted off
to sleep easily after eating it.
The three-part series is shown over the week,
concluding on Friday at 9pm.
Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance
9pm, BBC One, Saturday, November 11
Languages Of Ulster
10pm, BBC Two NI, Sunday, November 12
HE Royal British Legion’s Festival of
Remembrance will be broadcast from the
Royal Albert Hall on the evening of Saturday,
November 11.
Presented by Huw Edwards, the festival will be
performed in front of Her Majesty The Queen,
members of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister
and Leader of the Opposition together with
senior members of the military.
The festival will feature performances by
Melanie C, Emeli Sande, Tom Odell, Alfie Boe
and Lesley Garrett and displays by The Queen’s
Colour Squadron and The FARM
Band of HM Royal
DECEMBER 18 2014
The ceremony will mark the centenary of the
First World War Battle Passchendaele, 100
years since the formation of the Commonwealth
War Graves Commission, the 75th anniversary of
the Battle of El Alamein and Dame Vera Lynn’s
100th birthday.
There will be a film showing the work of the
British military to support and provide aid to
communities affected by hurricanes Irma and
Maria. it will also pay tribute to the work of the
emergency services and off duty members of
the military in response to the terrorist attacks
this year. From the two World Wars to present
day conflict, as the
poppy petals fall in the
Royal Albert Hall, the
festival will pay tribute
to all victims of war
and remember those
that made the ultimate
ANGUAGES Of Ulster is a new, three-part
series that explores our region’s unique
linguistic traditions – Ulster-Scots, Irish and
northern Hiberno English – and the relationship
between them.
The series is built around the Concise Ulster
Dictionary, which has been described as “the
most comprehensive record of Ulster vernacular
It tells the story of the dictionary’s creation
and profiles some of the writers whose work
captures the vitality and richness of our local
speech traditions, including County Antrim writer
James Fenton, the late Rev WF Marshall from
Sixmiletown in County Tyrone, Cecil Frances
Alexander and William Carleton.
Languages Of Ulster helps to explain the
background and origin of familiar words such as
brae, clabber, banshee, kaleyard and dailygan –
many of which present challenges for computer
spell-checkers. It’s a lyrical and affectionate
exploration of language, people and place and
an encouragement to find out more about our
local speech. It also demonstrates just how
much Ulster-Scots
words remain part of
our everyday speech.
This series will be
supported by specially
commissioned film
and other resource
materials from The
Open University.
Your weekly viewing guide
CMA Awards Highlights 2017
6pm, BBC Radio 2, Saturday,
November 11
OB Harris presents
highlights of the annual
Country Music Association
Awards from Music Row in
In this two hour show Bob
presents a round-up of the
winners along with the live
performances from the awards
show which is held in the
Bridgestone Arena in downtown
Performers this year include
reigning Entertainer Of The Year
and country superstar Garth
Children In Need 2017
7.30pm, BBC One, Friday, November 17
HE BBC Children In Need Appeal Show is
back with an all-star line-up of presenters
as Tess Daly, Graham Norton, Mel Giedroyc,
Ade Adepitan, Rochelle and Marvin Humes guide
viewers through a night of dazzling entertainment
and aim to raise millions of pounds for BBC
Children In Need.
The show will feature performances and
treats from some of the nation’s most loved
stars. Highlights include the cast of EastEnders
revealing hidden talents as they sing their way
round The Square in a show-stopping musical
Six well-loved Blue Peter presenters from the
past 60 years will enter the glitz and glamour
of the ballroom, as Mark Curry, Diane-Louise
Jordan, Anthea Turner, Tim Vincent, Konnie Huq
and Radzi Chinyanganya join forces with the
Strictly professional dancers in a bid to win the
Pudsey Glitter Ball trophy for BBC Children In
The Queen Of Mean Anne Robinson returns
for a Special Edition of the Weakest Link for
Children In Need. Seven brave celebrities work
as a team
attempt to answer a series of
general knowledge questions
to win up to £15,000 for the
charity. However, only one
can win, six will leave with
nothing as round by round
their teammates vote them
the weakest link.
Pick of the radio week
Brooks, plus nominees Brothers
Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church,
Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town,
Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris
Stapleton and Thomas Rhett.
There will also be an appearance
from Country Music Hall of Fame
Inductee and 16-time CMA Awards
winner Alan Jackson.
This year’s nominations
are dominated by six times
CMA female vocalist winner
Miranda Lambert, who has five
Vocal group Little Big Town, and
country rock favourite Keith Urban
also feature strongly with four
nominations each. Country artists
Carrie Underwood and Brad
Paisley co-host Country Music’s
biggest night for the 10th year
Highlights from the CMA Awards
will be broadcast on BBC Four
later this month.
RIGHT: Bob Harris presents a
round-up of CMA winners.


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