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David Hep­worth on the Moody Blues and life be­fore Ra­dio 2

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n The Story of the Light

(Mon­day, 10pm, Ra­dio 2) Paul O’Grady pre­pares for the 50th an­niver­sary of Ra­dio 2 at the end of the month by re­call­ing the Light Pro­gramme that the chan­nel re­placed. In this first of two episodes, vet­er­ans re­mem­ber the days when com­edy, drama and fledg­ling soaps rubbed shoul­ders with re­quest shows such as Two Way Fam­ily Favourites, whose 17 mil­lion lis­ten­ers could make or break a record.

Justin Hay­ward was a teenager when he was drafted in to the Moody Blues in 1966. He brought with him one song he had writ­ten for his girl­friend. This was called Nights in White Satin which sub­se­quently made a for­tune for a lot of peo­ple. Fifty years on, Hay­ward jets in from the home in Monaco that the song no doubt paid for to talk about the group’s 1967 al­bum Days of Fu­ture Passed for a new se­ries of John­nie Walker’s Long-Play­ers

(Wed­nes­day, 11pm, Ra­dio 2).

Lynne Truss chooses Joni Mitchell as My Muse (Mon­day, 4pm, Ra­dio 4), re­call­ing the dis­ap­proval of her school mu­sic teacher at the be­gin­ning of the 70s. Of course, nowa­days teach­ers would be des­per­ate to tell their pupils all about Joni Mitchell, if only their pupils wished to know.

Vivi­enne West­wood is Suzy Klein’s guest on Es­sen­tial Clas­sics

(Week­days, 9am, Ra­dio 3). For­mer host Sarah Walker moves to her own pro­gramme on Sun­day morn­ing from the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber.

In his ear­lier week do­ing

The Es­say (Weeknights, 10.45pm, Ra­dio 3) writer and broad­caster Michael Gold­farb talked about driv­ing a New York cab while try­ing to make it as an ac­tor. In his new se­ries of Trip Sheets: An Ac­tor’s Life he re­calls his near-misses with Broad­way and his close en­coun­ters with some of the stars he met on the way.

In the first of four parts of A Choral His­tory of Bri­tain (Wed­nes­day, 9am, Ra­dio 4)

Rod­er­ick Williams ex­plores the so­cial and ther­a­peu­tic value of singing to­gether: from huge choirs singing Mahler to West Bromwich Al­bion’s away singing sec­tion.

Ra­dio peo­ple can’t en­tirely shake off ra­dio habits when they start do­ing pod­casts. They some­times bring with them things we don’t need, like pro­duc­ers and ex­plana­tory voiceovers. For­tu­nately … With Fi and Jane fea­tures BBC vet­er­ans Fi Glover and Jane Gar­vey sit­ting in the BBC cafe, nat­ter­ing about what­ever in­ter­ests them. Adrift With Ge­off Lloyd and Annabel Port

fea­tures Ab­so­lute Ra­dio es­capee Ge­off and erst­while col­league Annabel do­ing some­thing sim­i­lar. All are ap­peal­ing in­di­vid­u­als with plenty to say, ten­ta­tively get­ting used to their new free­dom to talk about any­thing. But their pro­fes­sional back­grounds make them un­easy about whether to say some of those things out loud. This is not some­thing that both­ers pod­cast­ers, most of whom obey the prin­ci­ple “If in doubt, say it.”

The Story of the Light Mon­day, 10pm, Ra­dio 2

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