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Milton Babbitt: Changing the way we think about music

Daniele Gatti on life as the new Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, plus Sara Mohr-Pietsch examines the life and work of avant-garde American composer Milton Babbitt and 19th-Century conductor Hans Richter.

19/12/2016 GMT

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19th December 16: Desolation Jests (Ep 1)

David Jason stars alongside John Bird, Jan Ravens and Rory Bremner in David Renwick’s dark and quirky new comedy sketch show that takes a not-altogether-factual look at the history of comedy…. What comedy sketches would you most want at your side to face the end…


Ruth clashes with Jill, and it is feeling festive in the Tearoom.

A Night in the Opera

Scottish theatre director and Christian, Suzanne Lofthus, travels to Italy to mount a play of The Story of Christ in Europe’s biggest jail, The Opera Prison in Milan. With a cast of 30 male inmates plus 10 women prisoners from the nearby Bollate women’s prison,…

Three Parent Babies

Babies made from two women and one man have been approved by the UK’s fertility regulator. The historic and controversial move is to prevent children being born with deadly genetic diseases. Doctors in Newcastle – who developed the advanced form of IVF – are expected…


Colin Murray plays host as his guests aim to gain points whilst discussing the sporting stories of the week. Points are awarded for informed comment, wit and passion but taken away for drivel and answers lacking in conviction. In the final round, the top two…

Abuse Allegations in US Gymnastics

We look at the sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed gymnastics in the USA. We hear from former gymnast Rachael Denhollander on waiving her right to anonymity to accuse former USA national team doctor Dr Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. We also hear from John…