Nights for Friday 9 January 2009
Monday to Friday, 7pm - Midnight
Tonight on Summer Nights
19:10 Margaret Mahy
One of New Zealand's most treasured writers joins us to reminisce over summers past, to read a summer poem written especially for the ocassion and to nominate a summer anthem.
19:30 The Davies Diaries
Ray Davies, singer, songwriter and legendary frontman of The Kinks tells the story of the band's heady triumphs in the sixties.
Tonight in part 3 - "Well respected Man" - The Kinks gain increasing respect as songwriters with social comment songs like Dedicated Follower Of Fashion.
20:10 Seckou Keita
The Senegalese kora player will be performing at WOMAD 2009 in New Plymouth. We speak with Seckou about the history of his music and his very interesting instrument of choice; the landscape of Western Africa and the trials of touring a country whilst trying to get a feel for it.
20:30 Windows on the World
With green issues moving from the fringe to the centre of political debate, what is the role of environmental groups today? For the BBC's One Planet Mike Williams chairs a discussion with three leading environmentalists from the United States and Britain.
21:00 Best of WOMAD - Neil Finn
Neil Finn generously offered to step in to the Saturday headline slot when Cesaria Evora was unable to to perform at short notice because of illness. He performed a solo set of material recorded with Split Enz, Crowded House and from his own solo abums. A rare treat indeed
22:30 Jack Perkins Retrospective Documentary Series - A Kind of Refuge
A look at the work of a wildlife team in Fiordland's Sinbad Valley. In spite of their efforts, it appears that one of the world's rarest birds, the flightless parrot Kakapo may soon become extinct.
23:00 Time Is On Our Side - The Early Years of The Rolling Stones
Topping the charts with 'Ruby Tuesday' was a great way to start 1967 but it was all downhill from there. The Stones had been playing 350 gigs a year since 1963 and the band were burned out. Mick & Keith got very publicly busted, then Brian Jones died and Mick Taylor joined the band.