Radio indie Unique Broadcasting has secured a raft of new shows and recommissions from the BBC including two new series for BBC Radio 2, presented by John Barry and Andre Previn, writes John Plunkett.
Bond theme composer Barry will present a 6 x 30-minute retrospective of his own career, to be produced by Stuart Grundy, while Previn will host a 6 x 60-minute mixture of interviews and classical music.

A major 8 x 60-minute rock and roll series, The Sound of the City, will be presented by Charlie Gillett, also for R2. Meanwhile, lined up for BBC Radio 4 is a four-part series about comic songs presented by Kit Hesketh-Harvey and a one-off history of black comedy presented by Meera Syal of BBC 2's Goodness Gracious Me.

The indie is also making a second series of Phil Collins' Big Band Bash for R2. Other recommissions include The Richard Allinson Show for R2, the long-running Something Understood for R4 and The Larger Map, also for R4.

The indie is expecting to produce 650 hours of programming for the BBC during the course of this year.

Unique is also one of the partners behind the new plays, books and comedy channel, One Word, due to launch on national commercial digital radio platform Digital One this spring. Its editorial policy will be overseen by the indie's programme director, Tim Blackmore.