Philip Glass: Taxi Driver (Tuesday, 11.30am, Radio 4) has the composer reminiscing about the period in the early 1970s when he drove a yellow cab down the mean streets of New York during the afternoons and evenings and spent the nights composing new works. It’s possible to read more or less anything into music that relies on repetition and this programme doesn’t resist, underpinning Glass’s accounts of the drudgery and danger involved in driving a cab back in the days when the city was going broke with his tense, gridded music, which keeps coming as remorselessly as the traffic up Fifth Avenue. Over a period of seven years he went from presenting that music before tiny audiences of devotees to selling out major Manhattan venues. His mother,
Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman will be joined by famous faces for six new primetime episodes of the hit game show, kicking off on Saturday, April 12.
The first special will have a 1970s theme, with Wizzard and Yes stars Roy Wood and Rick Wakeman facing actors Paul Henry and Madeleine Smith, and Sally Thomsett and Anna Karen, and children's television stars Ed Stewart and Sally James.
Elsewhere, Sir Geoff Hurst and George Cohen MBE will team up in the World Cup special, facing Peter Shilton and Steve Bull, Hope Powell and Casey Stoney, and Graeme Le Saux and commentator Jonathan Pearce.
The Eurovision Pointless special is a thing to behold, with Bucks Fizz's Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan trying to prove their wits against Martin Lee and Sonia Evans, Dana and Johnny Logan, and Jemini's Chris Cromby and Gemma Abbey.
The Not Going Out star will play Bladings Castle's long-suffering butler Beach in the BBC One comedy, based on the stories by PG Wodehouse.
Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders will reprise their roles as Lord Clarence Hemsworth and his sister Connie, respectively.
Harry Enfield, Celia Imrie and Mathew Baynton will be among the second run's host of guest stars.
Julian Rhind-Tutt, John Sessions, Daisy Beaumont, Zoe Boyle, Michael Brandon, Nichola McAuliffe and Jemima Rooper round out the guest actors.
Blandings' second series will see Clarence looking to spend more time with his pig The Empress of Blandings, and facing the risk of being committed to an insane asylum by a guest, among other stories.
Writer Guy Andrews said in a statement: "As ever, all Clarence wants is to be left in peace with his beloved pig.
The glittering line up will include stars such as Shooting Star Chase patron, Olivier award winner and multi-platinum recording artist Michael Ball; who will perform alongside national treasure Christopher Biggins; Atomic Kitten and West End star Natasha Hamilton; and TV’s Judge John Deed, Broadway and West End actor Martin Shaw, as well as many other famous faces. Also expected to attend are Jenny Seagrove, Nichola McAuliffe, Roy Marsden, Clive Rowe, Hardeep Singh Kohli and Sylvia Syms.
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