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NOVEMBER 23 2017
LEFT: Shane
Todd, is back with
a new seris of Live
At The Sunflower for
BBC Radio Ulster,
Tuesday, 10pm.
Your weekly viewing guide
DECEMBER 18 2014
RAHAM Norton hosts a vibrant Saturday mix of
music and celebrity chat from 10am, BBC Radio
2, Saturday, November 25.
His guests include Strictly star and dancer Anton Du
Beke, actor Dan Stevens, who played Downton Abbey’s
Matthew Crawley, and presenter Katie Piper. Plus
there are more problems in Grill Graham.
T week
he radio
OUCHING on the spiritual side of life that so many
encounter through music no matter what their
beliefs, Sacred River (9am, BBC Radio 3, Sunday,
November 26) explores the influence of different faiths
and traditions on Western music.
Showcasing music spanning all periods and inspired
by different world faiths, this seamless flow of music
leads the listener though the major themes of religion
and belief, encompassing the whole gamut of human
experience of the divine, and taking a broad view of
what it is to believe.
We begin with the wonders of creation and the
cosmos, and as darkness is dispelled the theme of
light emerges, a significant element of many belief
From there the pieces chosen will explore the
concept of love from the perspective of the sacred.
REVEALING new biography of ground-breaking
rock musician Lou Reed, by Anthony DeCurtis,
is the subject of Lou Reed: A Life, 1.45pm, BBC
Radio 4, Monday to Friday, November 27-December 1.
Born in Brooklyn in 1942, Lou Reed moved with his
middle-class Jewish family to Long Island when he
was a young boy. A rebellious teenager, he discovered
R&B and rock and roll and began playing in bands early
on. He also began experimenting with drugs and sex,
leading his parents to take a drastic decision that Lou
never forgave them for.
At Syracuse University, he came under the influence
of the poet Delmore Schwartz, who encouraged him
to take writing seriously and served as a role model
for Lou’s bohemian ambitions. When he moved to New
York City, Lou took a song-writing job with the budget
label Pickwick Records, and met avant-garde musician
John Cale.
With guitarist Sterling Morrison and drummer
Maureen Tucker they formed the Velvet Underground,
whose first paid gig was a now-legendary appearance
at a high school dance, where they played three songs
and by all accounts caused half the audience to flee
for the exit.
HANE Todd returns with a new series of Live At
The Sunflower on BBC Radio Ulster, Tuesday,
November 28, at 10pm.
The six-part series is a showcase for up and coming
local comic talent. Among those taking part will be
Dave Elliot, Sarah Jade Davidson, David Doherty Jebb,
Conor Keys, Ruaidhri Ward and Alan Irwin.
Also in the line-up for the new series are Ronan
Lynskey, Lorcan McGrane, Teresa Livingstone, Sean
Hegarty, Aaron McCann, Mary Flanigan, Paddy
McDonnell, Paddy McGaughey, Terry McHugh and Neil
RANK Renton presents the complete winning
performance by the successful band at the Brass
In Concert Championships from Sage Gateshead,
which took place a couple of weeks ago, in Listen To
The Band, 11.30pm, BBC Radio 2, Tuesday, November
Brass In Concert is one of the premier brass
entertainment competitions in the world. Hoping to
take the crown for the third successive year were
Cory, with stiff competition coming from some of the
kings of entertainment including the 2017 British
National Champions, Brighouse and Rastrick; the most
successful band in the competition, Grimethorpe; and
visitors Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag, Fountain City
Brass Band and Paris Brass Band.
Pick of the radio week
N the final episode of this series Ray follows the
Frankland River into the heart of Walpole Forest
– 200 square kilometres of wooded wilderness
in western Australia.
The forest is 65 million years old, and has always
provided food and shelter for aboriginal people.
Ray is seeking out giant trees, and the creatures
that live among them.
He starts out his journey by canoe and meets
Gary Muir, a local guide and conservationist. Ray
learns from Gary that the river was once used
by loggers to transport jarrah wood, which is so
hard it was used as cobbles for London streets in
Victorian times.
Ray strikes away from the river to look for giant
tingle trees, and meets some well camouflaged
geckos along the way. Some tingles can be 24
metres in girth, and they grow alongside karri
trees, which are some of the world’s tallest!
In the forest, Ray lies in wait for the elusive
quokka, a small and very shy marsupial. He’s in
luck as one comes right up to his hide.
Ray meets up with environmentalist Prue
Anderson, who shows him some of the other
forest creatures that she’s captured on her hidden
camera. He finds out about brush-tailed possums,
bandicoots and the danger from feral cats, whose
ancestors were introduced to Australia by the early
Back on the trail, and deeper in the forest, Ray
meets aboriginal tribesman Joey Williams, who
shows him some of the uses of forest plants, and
Employable Me
9pm, BBC Two, Monday, November 27
N unusual new industry has taken hold in some of
China’s top cities. It’s called ‘mistress-dispelling’,
and it involves hired operatives doing what
it takes to separate cheating husbands from their
With the surge in super-affluent families in China,
there has also been an apparent upsurge in the number
of men choosing to keep a concubine. And for wives
who see divorce as a humiliating option, almost no
expense is sometimes spared in seeing off the rival.
Ed Butler meets some of these private detectives
and ‘marriage counsellors’ for Assignment, 8pm, BBC
World Service, Thursday, November 30, heads off on
a mistress ‘stake-out’, and asks whether this is all a
symptom of a deeper crisis in gender relations in China.
Survival expert Ray takes
on the Australian Wilderness
teaches him how to make a hunting spear from the
spear wood bush.
Ray learns from Joey that aboriginal culture is
the oldest in the world – and is still alive today.
Leaving Joey, Ray climbs Mount Frankland, and
looks out over the vast forest wilderness and the
river where his adventure started.
Before Ray leaves the wilderness of Australia
views are transported to a different form of
loneliness as Blue Planet II continues to enthral at
8pm, BBC One, Sunday, November 26.
In our green seas, competition is fierce. Sunlight
powers vast kelp forests, mangroves, prairies of
sea grass and blooms of algae. Here, animals
must fight for space and food.
In kelp forests, a Common Octopus must
become the ultimate escape artist to avoid its
nemesis, the Pyjama Shark; and a Garibaldi
How to Spend It Well at Christmas with
Phillip Schofield
8pm, ITV, Tuesday, November 28
Welcome To Wherever You Are
11pm, BBC Radio 4, Thursday,
November 30
ELCOME To Wherever
You Are is a stand-up
show that refuses to be
constrained by geography when it
comes to booking guests; instead,
it uses modern technology to
connect a studio audience in the
BBC Radio Theatre, London, with
the best comedians in the world
– no matter where they happen
to be.
This week, host Andrew Maxwell
Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain
9pm, BBC Two, Thursday, November 30
PISODE two explores the ramifications of
HIS new three-part factual consumer
a bomb that fell on 6th Avenue in the port
series features Phillip Schofield inviting
city of Hull, flattening two houses and
celebrity guests, experts and members of
changing the lives of two families forever.
the public to help him test the latest mustThe Taylors lost baby Peter and 14-yearhave festive buys.
old Vera was very badly burned. Her sisters
Each programme aims to give an insider’s
Doreen and Tina remember that terrible night
guide to what to buy for Christmas by testing,
and it’s the first time they’ve talked about the
rating and reviewing the very latest products
trauma they endured.
jostling for a place under the tree. Guest
Next door, Mrs Owens had put three of her
testers include Jonathan Ross, Rosemary
children under the stairs for safety, but they
Schrager, Stacey Solomon along with Love
didn’t survive. Their sister Janet, who was
Island’s Chris and Kem.
born after the war, didn’t know about their
Over the course of the series they will aim
existence until she was in her 20s – her father
to help viewers decide how to spend their
was so traumatised that he refused to discuss
Christmas cash on items from toys and gifts,
anything to do with the blitz. It means she has
to gadgets and food, to drink and decorations.
a lot of unanswered questions – until now,
In the first episode Phillip reveals the mustwhen she meets Doreen and Tina and learns
have toys for Christmas 2017, starting by
that her siblings were buried with baby Peter.
tasking Jonathan Ross with investigating this
It’s the beginning of a poignant journey
year’s festive craze – the unicorn – as well as
of discovery for Janet; she finds out that
examining the revival of nostalgic toys from
the bomb that fell on her parents’ house is
Christmas’ past.
recorded as Bomb 31 on Hull’s bomb map. Its
Stacey Solomon and her sons join other
impact is also described in a unique collection
families to test the latest physical board
of essays that were written by Hull’s children
games for Christmas
in 1941.
day. Journalist and
Case number one
‘toyologist’ Peter
records the trauma
Jenkinson is on
of dock master Albert
hand to give his
Eastwood, who lost
predictions on this
two children to another
year’s best-selling
of the Luftwaffe’s
weekly viewing guide Christmas toys.
bombs, a story that
moves his grandson
Phillip to tears.
Damselfish defends its seaweed garden from
marauding sea urchins – and Sea Otters prove an
unlikely ally.
On prairies of Seagrass, Tiger Sharks play a
game of cat-and-mouse with Green Turtles. This
keeps the Seagrass healthy.
In shrubby meadows of seaweed, a vast army
of Spider Crabs emerge from the depths for
an annual mass moulting, while trying to avoid
predation from monster stingrays up to four metres
long. And male Giant Cuttlefish compete for a
mate – while a smaller male wins by pretending to
be female himself.
In the mangroves, a Mantis Shrimp abandons
his mate of possibly 20 years for a larger female.
Elsewhere, dolphins, whales, sea lions and birds
race to a feast – vast shoals of plankton-eating
fish attracted by a bloom of microscopic algae.
VER six months this inspiring series
follows the stories of eight disabled job
seekers as they embark on a pioneering
new scheme – one that brings people from
across the spectrum of disability together,
so that they can help each other take on the
(seemingly impossible) challenge of finding
Fifty-two year-old Andy enjoyed a very
successful career in the motorsport industry.
But six years ago Andy had a stroke during
a routine operation which left him partially
paralysed with aphasia, making his speech
muddled and communication a struggle.
Over the past five years Andy has applied
for more than 3,000 jobs
and has only
18 2014
received one interview. So Andy is determined
to provide for his family and prove he’s still
got what it takes to get back into the world of
Officially diagnosed a year ago when he was
just 21, Ryan’s Tourette’s became so bad he
had to drop out of university.
Having lost his job in retail after a severe tic
episode at work, his Tourette’s has escalated
to one of the most extreme cases in the UK.
With his physical Tourette’s getting so bad
that one episode left him with a broken arm,
can he ever
manage to work
ARK Kermode brings the Radio 2 listeners
another unique and very personal tour of his
own Celluloid Jukebox – featuring the strange
and fascinating relationship between pop music
and cinema – at 10pm, BBC Radio 2, Wednesday,
November 29.
Series one was a popular and critical success –
blending an eclectic musical selection with Mark’s
insight and passion for cinema. Series two promises
even more examples of how pop music has become
a vital and often enriching part of the cinematic
LEFT: Ray Mears on top
of Mount Frankland looks
out over the vast forest
wilderness and the river.
Australian Wilderness with Ray Mears
8pm, ITV, Friday, December 1
Pick of the radio week
talks cricket and colonialism with
The Bugle podcast co-host Alice
Fraser in Sydney; hears emerging
star Storm Xu in Shanghai tell us
about his problems with dating;
and talks to world-renowned
satirist Bassem Youssef about
why he had to move to Los
Angeles from his native Egypt
(spoiler: it turns out dictators
don’t like you making jokes about
Andrew Maxwell is a multi
award-winning stand up and
double Edinburgh Comedy Award
nominee, familiar to Radio 4
audiences for his appearances
on The News Quiz, The Now
Show, and his own series Andrew
Maxwell’s Public Enemies. He’s
also appeared on Live At The
Apollo, Mock The Week, and Have
I Got News For You.
ABOVE: Andrew Maxwell.


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