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0101Overnight Delivery2012040520140503Jarvis Cocker prowls the dark, finding stories of the night people in a Prix Italia winning series.
Tonight, in an edition which won the Prix Italia for Extraordinary Originality and Innovation - a top European radio prize - the theme is Overnight Delivery. Jarvis boards the red-eye, taking a transatlantic flight of the imagination - peering down at the human dramas beneath as the world slowly rotates - accompanied by Jarvis' own musical selections.
As Jarvis reaches cruising altitude, he finds himself gripped by the compelling life and death stories of a shepherdess in the midst of a very difficult birth, a transplant nurse on late shift and a priest who performs the role of deliverance ministry - in layman's terms: exorcism.
But this dark night is not without light relief, as Jarvis muses on the trying experience of long haul air travel, revealing his own antidote to a fear of flying: Hugh Grant.
Producer: Laurence Grissell.
A new series in which Jarvis Cocker prowls the dark, finding stories of the night people...
Tonight, the theme is Overnight Delivery as Jarvis boards the red-eye, taking a transatlantic flight of the imagination - peering down at the human dramas beneath as the world slowly rotates - accompanied by Jarvis' own musical selections.
Jarvis presents the dramas of a shepherd, a nurse, a priest and a transatlantic pilot.
0102They Only Come Out At Night2012041220140510Continuing his new series of nocturnal meditations, Jarvis Cocker prowls the nation's night.
This evening's theme is 'they only come out at night'. Jarvis slips between the shadows to find punks, poets, poker dens and an alcohol fuelled badger watch and eavesdrops on a series of nocturnal dreams and dramas.
His guide to the dark is poet, author and explorer of the night Al Alvarez. In this trip through the night Al points him towards a gambling club where players never see daylight and nerves begin to fray around the card table; to a feminist punk gig where other more exotic identities emerge under cover of darkness; and to an allotment in Hastings where a man's mind unwinds whilst drinking beer, feeling 'the wild' and entertaining notions of sabotage.
Jarvis is our roving eye and ear entering these nocturnal worlds to shine a light whilst contemplating what it is that we search for once night falls.
Producer: Neil McCarthy.
Continuing his new series of nocturnal meditations, Jarvis Cocker prowls the nation's night.
This evening's theme is 'they only come out at night'. Jarvis slips between the shadows to find punks, poets, poker dens and an alcohol fuelled badger watch and eavesdrops on a series of nocturnal dreams and dramas.
His guide to the dark is poet, author and explorer of the night Al Alvarez. In this trip through the night Al points him towards a gambling club where players never see daylight and nerves begin to fray around the card table; to a feminist punk gig where other more exotic identities emerge under cover of darkness; and to an allotment in Hastings where a man's mind unwinds whilst drinking beer, feeling 'the wild' and entertaining notions of sabotage.
Jarvis is our roving eye and ear entering these nocturnal worlds to shine a light whilst contemplating what it is that we search for once night falls.
Producer: Neil McCarthy.
From dusk til dawn he searches for the people and things that only come out at night. Weaving his way between short features, he eavesdrops on an all night poker game where nerves begin to fray as the hours roll on; on a feminist punk gig giving musical expression to the call centre generation; and on an alcohol fuelled badger-watch where a man's mind unwinds and thoughts of sabotage begin to enter.
Jarvis eavesdrops on an all-night poker game and an alcohol-fuelled badger watch.
0103Behind Closed Doors20120419 Jarvis Cocker takes to the streets to peer through stained windows, cold steel bars and Japanese paper screens, to find out just what goes on Behind Closed Doors at night time.
He joins a lock-in where the time bell is never rung, and peers into the deepest recesses of a lock-in brain that belongs to Jack, reliving the night when the doors shut in his brain.
On his nocturnal sojourn Jarvis recalls old times, on the streets of post-industrial Sheffield, and shares the loneliness of the long sentenced prisoner who dreams of empty streets under a full moon.
Take a night walk with Jarvis Cocker; bring a torch. You might find yourself in a dark corner, but you've got a good guide.
Producer: Sara Jane Hall.
Jarvis Cocker goes on a city night walk to find out what goes on behind closed doors.
0104 LASTNight Manoeuvres20120426 Jarvis Cocker continues his prowl through the dark in the last of his new series Wireless Nights.
This evening he invites you on a curb crawl around the seamy side of town as he explores the theme 'night manoeuvres'. Driving through London he weaves his way in and out of the lives of other night riders who are always on the move. He joins a private investigator in Nottingham on a car chase and stake out on the trail of a man suspected to be having an affair; he finds a minicab driver lost in the Mersey fog between fares, haunted by an eerie bell; and is encircled by street skaters who spin around the neon-lit West End and dark car parks seeking thrills on wheels.
The ride might get a bit hairy at times, but he promises to drop you off safely at the end.
Produced by Neil McCarthy and Laurence Grissell.
Jarvis Cocker invites listeners on a curb crawl around the seamy side of town.
0201Night Of The Hunter20130509 Jarvis Cocker returns to Radio 4 with his award-winning feature series exploring the human condition after dark. Tonight is the 'Night of the Hunter' and Jarvis turns his eye to the starlit sky with his mind on hunters and their quarry.
Taking his bearings from Orion, he follows a lamper across farmland hunting foxes by torchlight. A soldier takes him on a top secret mission behind enemy lines when the hunter became the hunted. He accompanies a young man nervously preparing for his first date, in pursuit of love. And a party of friends go out on the pull in Hull, with mixed results.
Join him on an aural journey of the imagination as he tunes into the wireless night.
Producer Neil McCarthy.
0202Nightwatch2013051620140517Jarvis Cocker becomes a nightwatchman in a high rise office block as he continues his nocturnal exploration of the human condition.
Decked out in regulation uniform and armed with a powerful torch, Jarvis starts his rounds protecting London's 36 storey Euston Tower. Along the way, he hears tales from others keeping watch during the dark hours.
Among those who share their stories of late night vigilance are the parents of a young girl with a rare condition which causes her to stop breathing when she falls asleep; a man at a control centre in Portsmouth who monitors the Indian Ocean for Somali pirates and a former spy recalling a dangerous meeting with a Middle Eastern agent.
For Jarvis, the strain of this late lonely night starts to takes its toll as he attempts to play table tennis - with himself.
As ever, the stories in tonight's dark vigil are accompanied by Jarvis' own musical selections.
Producer: Laurence Grissell.
 
0203Nights Of Passage2013052320140524Tonight, Jarvis Cocker's award winning nocturnal exploration of the human condition takes to the sea. Join him on the midnight sailing of a Channel ferry as he contemplates night crossings mythic and modern.
As he moves across dark waters he hears the miraculous story of Jeni, a castaway lost and found in the North Sea whose epic struggle took place at night. He meets Sean, a young wrestler who slips through the ropes of the ring for his first fight night and embarks on his own rite of passage. Also on board, a wise old man of the sea, Swilly Billy, keeps Jarvis on course.
The ferryman of dead souls across the ancient River Styx also shadows the vessel but fear not, sea sickness tablets are available the lights of Calais are not far off.
Produced by Neil McCarthy.
As he moves across dark waters he hears the miraculous story of Jeni, a castaway lost and found in the North Sea whose epic struggle took place at night. He meets Sean, a young wrestler who slips through the ropes of the ring for his first fight night and embarks on his own right of passage. Also on board, a wise old man of the sea, Swilly Billy, keeps Jarvis on course.
Charon, the ferryman of dead souls across the ancient River Styx makes an appearance but, fear not, sea sickness tablets are available the lights of Calais are not far off.
 
0204 LASTThe Darkest Hour20130530 Jarvis Cocker stars in his own horror movie as he continues his nocturnal examination of the human condition, exploring the battle between the forces of darkness and light.
He hears from horror movie goers at the Electric Cinema in Birmingham, keen to turn the lights off and let the scares begin; the National Grid control room which is charged from keeping the lights on; and Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel - where the electricity switches off at midnight.
What is lurking in the basement as Jarvis approaches the darkest hour?
Producer: Laurence Grissell.
0301Bbc Philharmonic Presents20141013 Jarvis Cocker brings his award winning series Wireless Nights to Salford, forming part of this year's BBC Philharmonic Presents... series, a celebration of orchestral music in its many different forms.

In front of a studio audience, Jarvis Cocker and the BBC Philharmonic weave tales of insomnia, nocturnal inspirations and dark imaginings from the world of classical music - against the backdrop of a President embroiled in the Vietnam War. There's also a special performance from Jarvis himself.

Jarvis tells stories of an insomniac German Count who supposedly had Bach compose his Goldberg Variations as a sleeping aid, and a wired President Nixon listening to Rachmaninov in the small hours when he felt the urge to go on a bizarre excursion in the presidential limo.

He also conjures up music that came in dreams and revelations - from Stravinsky's wild visions in the Rite of Spring to Schumann's once forgotten Violin Concerto, which apparently re-emerged during a séance many years after the composer's death.

Maxime Tortelier conducts the BBC Philharmonic led by Yuri Torchinsky. Anthony Marwood plays solo violin and Peter Donohoe plays solo piano. The programme was recorded on 1 October.

Producers: Laurence Grissell & Neil McCarthy.
0302Reaching For The Moon20141020 Jarvis Cocker attempts to fly to the moon, with the aid of astronaut Chris Hadfield - famous for his rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity on the International Space Station.

En route he hears stories of those touched by the moon in its many manifestations.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.
0303Iceland Underworld20141027 In the first of a double-bill, Jarvis Cocker wanders the lava fields of Iceland in search of the unseen forces of night. In the midnight shadow of Snaefellsjokull, the volcano featured in Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Jarvis considers the timelessness of the landscape. That is until he bumps into some sheep on the beach and learns about sheep time. Leaving them, he ventures into a hole in the lava floor and finds himself on his own journey through a magma underworld, complete with symphony orchestra, only to emerge in a farmhouse where a night of singing is taking place in honour of a deceased relative.
Producer Neil McCarthy.
0304 LASTBright Nights20141103 In the second part of his nocturnal Icelandic adventure, Jarvis goes on a journey through the long, light summer night. He meets Megas, the island's best known poet and rock and roll legend, who warns of wandering demons as he embarks on an overnight road trip.
Along the way he stops to hear ghost stories in Reykjavik's oldest cemetery, meets an elf seer in a lava field and is led to a sacred waterfall, behind which he makes a wish. But will he make it back before the hour of the wolf?
Producer Neil McCarthy.

Duration

  • 28 Minutes

Genre

  • Genre: Life Stories, Factual
  • Genre: Factual, Life Stories, Factual, Music
  • Genre: Life Stories, Factual

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  • Programme ID: b01fnqsf

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