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BBC Electric Proms, Wednesday to Saturday

THIS celebration of new and innovative musical styles features up-and-coming artists and some of the biggest names around.

Highlights include The Who, premiering their rock opera Wire & Glass, and Damon Albarn's new project The Good, The Bad And The Queen. Also appearing during the five-day festival are James Brown, Paul Weller, Kasabian, Guillemots, The Magic Numbers, The Zutons, The Fratellis, Will Young, Billy Bragg, Jay Kay, Fatboy Slim and Basement Jaxx.

Look out for coverage of the concerts, from London's Roundhouse and other venues in Camden, on Radios 1, 1Xtra, 2, 3 and 6 Music.

Agatha Raisin, Radio 4 Wednesday 11.30am

PENELOPE Keith returns as the Midland sleuth Agatha Raisin in the third series of adaptations of MC Beaton's novels.

After three years in her Cotswold village, Agatha is taking a break from cream teas and crime-solving to marry James Lacey (Malcolm Sinclair). But just when happiness is, at last, on the horizon, a ghost from her past returns to snatch it all away and the body count starts to rise again.

This series sees Agatha venture further afield as she goes to Cornwall and Corsica.

What The World Needs Now - The Burt Bacharach Story Radio 2 7pm Friday

BURT Bacharach really has composed the soundtrack of our lives for the past five decades.

Paul Sexton presents a new appreciation of his work, underpinned by an in-depth interview with the 78-year-old at his LA home.

The four-part series also features chats with long-time lyrical partner Hal David, Richard Carpenter, superfan Noel Gallagher and Tim Rice. In this week's opener, Bacharach talks about his early years, being forced by his mother to learn the piano and how he became the touring musical director for screen goddess Marlene Dietrich.


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Date:Oct 22, 2006
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