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S255E01 Stiff Little Fingers and U2 12/08/1981 In Concert in Belfast For Stiff Little Fingers it was a 'home game'. Back to Belfast to play in front of the fans who had supported them from their early punk days in 1978. U2 are from Dublin. A polished and sophisticated rock band whose live performances are already becoming legendary within the music world. Tonight's gig, recorded at Queen's University in Belfast, combines the sounds of SLF and U2 with the energy of an enthusiastic Irish crowd.
S255E02 Southern Rock at the BBC 13/04/2012 Classic clips, from the Old Grey Whistle Test, In Concert and even Wogan, of Southern rock boogie in excelsis from the bands who poured out of the Deep South in the 70s. Includes performances from the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Delaney & Bonnie with Eric Clapton, Dickey Betts from the Allman Brothers Band, the Marshall Tucker Band, Black Oak Arkansas, the Charlie Daniels Band, Greg Allman with then-wife Cher, Edgar Winter and, of course, Lynyrd Skynyrd.
S255E03 The Labeque Sisters 24/10/1992 Katia and Marielle Labeque are international concert pianists, who gave 140 concerts in 90 cities last year. They have helped to revitalise the piano duet as a concert medium and have fought to break down barriers to make all kinds of music accessible to all kinds of audiences. They play what they want to play - classical composers at rock concerts and modern music and jazz to their classical audiences. This film was shot on tour with the duo in Europe.
S255E04 The Old Grey Whistle Test For One Night Only 23/02/2018 Hosted by Bob Harris, this live studio show features music, special guests and rare archive footage to mark the 30 years since the legendary series was last broadcast. Featuring performances from Peter Frampton, Richard Thompson, Albert Lee and more. Bob also chats to Whistle Test alumni, including Dave Stewart, Joan Armatrading, Ian Anderson, Chris Difford and Kiki Dee, as well as fan Danny Baker.
S255E05 Erik Satie - Things Seen to the Right and the Left 19/12/1992 Called "indispensable" by American composer John Cage , Satie (1866-1925) is for many simply the composer of the Gymnopedie used in countless advertisements, films and even sleep therapy. In this film, contemporary artists and composers tell the story of his life and work - among them Tom Phillips , Carla Bley , Philip Glass, Gavin Bryars , Joanna MacGregor and Kurt Schwertsik. After a period as a Montmartre bohemian, Satie became much sought-after and collaborated with artists like Picasso, Braque and Picabia, the photographer Man Ray and director Rene Clair. The programme contains performances of some of his most important works.
S255E06 Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night 16/12/2008 First broadcast in 1988 and filmed in black and white, this TV concert filmed at the Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles features Roy Orbison performing his classic songs with friends like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, kd lang, Jennifer Warnes and Bonnie Raitt. The TCB Band which backs all featured artists was Elvis Presley's band till his death in 1977 and includes James Burton, Glen D Hardin, Jerry Scheff and Ronnie Tutt with musical director T-Bone Burnett.
S255E07 Tom Waits Tales from a Cracked Jukebox 19/02/2017 Tom Waits is one of the most original musicians of the last five decades. Renowned for his gravelly voice and dazzling mix of musical styles, he's also one of modern music's most enigmatic and influential artists. His songs have been covered by Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart and Norah Jones, among many others. But Waits has always pursued his own creative vision, with little concern for musical fashion. In a long career of restless reinvention, from the barfly poet of his early albums to the junkyard ringmaster of Swordfishtrombones, his songs chronicle lives from the margins of American society - drifters, dreamers, hobos and hoodlums - and his music draws on a rich mix of influences, including the blues, jazz, Weimar cabaret and film noir. Using rare archive, audio recordings and interviews, this film is a bewitching after-hours trip through the surreal, moonlit world of Waits' music - a portrait of a pioneering musician and his unique, alternative American songbook.
S255E08 The Old Grey Whistle Test Story 09/01/2007 Jo Brand narrates a profile which celebrates the life and times of the BBC's first flagship live music programme, The Old Grey Whistle Test, which ran from 1971 to 1987. It looks at the music, the presenters, the TV rivals, the sparse studio and the legacy, finds out why Bob Harris whispered, what Sid Vicious tried to do to him and what Camel did with a woodwind quartet and why. All these questions are answered and many more, followed by loving compilations of those early 70s years, the era that time forgot.
S255E09 Synth Britannia 16/10/2009 Documentary following a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesiser from the experimental fringes to the centre of the pop stage. In the late 1970s, small pockets of electronic artists including the Human League, Daniel Miller and Cabaret Volatire were inspired by Kraftwerk and JG Ballard, and they dreamt of the sound of the future against the backdrop of bleak, high-rise Britain. The crossover moment came in 1979 when Gary Numan's appearance on Top of the Pops with Tubeway Army's Are 'Friends' Electric? heralded the arrival of synthpop. Four lads from Basildon known as Depeche Mode would come to own the new sound, whilst post-punk bands like Ultravox, Soft Cell, OMD and Yazoo took the synth out of the pages of NME and onto the front page of Smash Hits. By 1983, acts like Pet Shop Boys and New Order were showing that the future of electronic music would lie in dance music. Contributors include Philip Oakey, Vince Clarke, Martin Gore, Bernard Sumner, Gary Numan and Neil Tennant.
S255E10 Sharon Osbourne Presents Rock 'n' Roll's Dodgiest Deals 26/05/2017 Sharon Osbourne presents the story of pop deals through the decades. From Little Richard's half a cent a record to Robbie Williams's £80m deal via notorious bad deals for The Beatles, The Small Faces, The Animals and NWA and great deals for Led Zep, The Police and Moby, Sharon gets the inside story from those still chasing royalties and those who took on the music biz and won. With The Small Faces, Eric Burdon, The Police, Moby, NWA, Charles Connor (Little Richard's drummer), Art Rupe (aged 99, who signed Little Richard), Pamela Des Barres, Tim Clark (Robbie Williams's manager).
S255E11 California Comes to the Whistle Test 12/01/2007 A compilation of BBC performances by artists who lived and worked in California in the 1970s. Featuring Jackson Browne, Little Feat, Ry Cooder, Judee Sill, Bonnie Raitt and a rare duet between James Taylor and Carly Simon.
S255E12 Nana Mouskouri at the BBC 05/12/2008 A vintage collection of Nana Mouskouri's performances from the BBC archive, including her entry in the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest and musical collaborations with Michel Legrand, Charles Aznavour and Cliff Richard.
S255E13 Coldplay at the BBC 18/06/2008 Coldplay perform an exclusive 45 minute gig at BBC Television Centre, with a set of material from their new album and some old classics. The performance takes place on a specially-built stage outside the iconic BBC building.
S255E14 Rock N Roll Guns for Hire: The Story of the Sideman 07/07/2017 Film shining a spotlight on the untold story of The Sidemen, the musicians behind some of the greatest artists of all time. The Sidemen are the forgotten 'guns for hire' that changed musical history. Featuring interviews with Mick Jagger, Billy Joel and Keith Richards, this film takes viewers from the 1960s to today, via global stars such as Prince, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Beyoncé.
S255E15 Jazz Nights at the Quay - Claire Martin and the Dave Newton Trio 23/06/2017
S255E16 Jazz Nights at the Quay - Tut Vu Vu 23/06/2017
S255E17 Madness at T in the Park 11/07/2010 The two tone legends go One Step Beyond as they bring T to a close on the second biggest stage. A set packed with sing-a-long anthems from their 30 year history.
S255E18 Swingin' Christmas 25/12/2010 Michael Parkinson presents the sensational John Wilson Orchestra in a celebration of festive musical treats from the golden age of swing, with soloists Seth MacFarlane, Anna-Jane Casey and special guest Curtis Stigers. The Christmas classics include Winter Wonderland, Baby It's Cold Outside, Let It Snow and White Christmas.
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S255E20 Radio 1 Live Lounge - Arcade Fire 11/07/2017
S255E21 I Feel Love 29/07/2017 Scott Mills and Ana Matronic present a special event celebrating 50 years of sexual freedom. I Feel Love is a special concert, held in the City of Hull which celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967, a piece of legislation that would transform the lives of millions, give birth to an explosion of music, poetry, writing, art - and love. Performers include Will Young, Alison Moyet, Marc Almond, Bright Light Bright Light, Noah Stewart, Tom Robinson and West Yorkshire's LGBT choir 'Gay Abandon'. The concert features live performances of ground-breaking gay songs, plus readings ranging from Oscar Wilde to Alan Hollingshurst.
S255E22 Radio 1 Live Lounge - Foo Fighters 01/09/2017 Foo Fighters kick off Live Lounge month in LA. They join Clara to perform their new single 'The Sky Is A Neighborhood', classic track 'Best Of You' and cover 'Let There Be Rock' by AC/DC to celebrate 50 years of Radio 1.
S255E23 Jazz Nights at the Quay - Georgia Cecile 03/09/2017 Highlights from a soulful set of original songs co-written with pianist Euan Stevenson.
S255E24 Glam Rock at the BBC 15/09/2017 A spangly celebration of the outburst of far-out pop and fuzz-filled rock that lit up the British charts in the early 1970s. Top of the Pops is our primary arena and its gloriously gaudy visual effects are used here aplenty! The compilation also utilises footage from a selection of BBC concerts as well as from Crackerjack and Cilla. It features classic BBC TV performances from T. Rex, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Alice Cooper, Suzi Quatro, Slade, The Sweet, Elton John, Queen, Sparks and many more.
S255E25 Van Morrison: Live at Eden 23/09/2017 Van Morrison and his band perform live at Cornwall’s Eden Project on 1st July 2017. The all time Belfast born music legend Sir Van Morrison played against the world famous Eden biomes to a sold out arena. Van Morrison’s performance was a highlight of the sixteenth year of the Eden Sessions where he played many of his best-known hits including Have I Told You Lately, Here Comes the Night, Moondance and Brown Eyed Girl. Sir Van Morrison is one of the most revered and decorated musicians, was knighted last year and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has won six Grammys, a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution and the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement. He released his 36th studio album Keep Me Singing in September 2016 to critical acclaim and a top ten spot in both the UK and US album charts.
S255E26 Marc Bolan: Cosmic Dancer 15/09/2017 This intimate biography, narrated in Marc Bolan's own words, marks the 70th anniversary of his birth and the 40th of his death. The film traces Bolan's remarkable journey from Hackney's own 'king of the mods' to Tyrannosaurus Rex, as he evolved into the artist known as 'the hippie with a knife up his sleeve'. With the dawn of the '70s and the breakup of The Beatles, Bolan became the gender-bending glam rocker whose band T. Rex revitalised the British music scene. But director Jeremy Marre - incorporating unseen movies shot by record producer Tony Visconti and Marc Bolan himself - reveals a far more complex and driven figure whose life was tragically cut short, aged 29. Featuring those who were closest to Marc, his friends, colleagues, family, partner Gloria Jones and producer Tony Visconti.
S255E27 The Last Pirates: Britain's Rebel DJs 29/09/2017 In the 1980s a new generation of pirate radio stations exploded on to Britain's FM airwaves. Unlike their seafaring swinging 60s forerunners, these pirates broadcast from London's estates and tower blocks to create a platform for black music in an era when it was shut out by legal radio and ignored by the mainstream music industry. In the ensuing game of cat and mouse which played out on the rooftops of inner-city London across a whole decade, these rebel DJs used legal loopholes and technical trickery to stay one step ahead of the DTI enforcers who were tasked with bringing them down. And as their popularity grew they spearheaded a cultural movement bringing Britain's first multicultural generation together under the banner of black music and club culture. Presented by Rodney P, whose own career as a rapper would not have been possible without the lifeblood of pirate radio airplay, this film also presents an alternative history of Britain in the 1980s - a time of entrepreneurialism and social upheaval - with archive and music that celebrates a very different side of Thatcher's Britain. Featuring interviews with DJs, station owners and DTI enforcers - as well as some of the engineers who were the secret weapon in the pirate arsenal - this is the untold story of how Britain's greatest generation of pirate radio broadcasters changed the soundtrack of modern Britain forever.
S255E28 Kaufmann's Otello at the Royal Opera House 15/10/2017 Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut in a new production of Otello. Sir Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi's masterpiece, based on Shakespeare's tragedy.
S255E29 Tom Jones Live at Eden 13/01/2017 Tom Jones and his band perform live at Cornwall's Eden Project in June 2016, his first performance in the county for more than 30 years, and a highlight of the 15th year of the Eden Sessions. Featuring iconics hits including Tower of Song, Unusual, Kiss and more. The Eden Sessions began in 2002 and are renowned for the stature of the artists they attract and the unique setting of the Eden arena against the backdrop of the biomes.
S255E30 Jacqueline du Pre Plays Dvorak's Cello Concerto 22/10/2017 Only recently re-discovered, a performance of Dvorak's Cello Concerto filmed in August 1968 by Jacqueline du Pre at the very height of her musical powers. The Dvorak Cello Concerto is a work du Pre particularly loved, and this rare recording, which was believed to have been lost, hasn't been seen in over 30 years. The hastily organised concert at London's Royal Albert Hall was staged and conducted by du Pre's husband Daniel Barenboim, in tribute to the people of Czechoslovakia, just a few days after the country had been invaded by the Soviet Union.
S255E31 Texas with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 16/06/2017 Texas join forces with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the iconic Barrowland in Glasgow for a special collaboration for BBC Music Day. Expect to see unique versions of classic tracks including Summer Son, I Don't Want a Lover and Black Eyed Boy. Sharleen Spiteri says "It's always a magical moment to play with an orchestra, even more so in your home town".
S255E32 Hamlet from Glyndebourne 22/10/2017 Composer Brett Dean's opera based on Shakespeare's best-known tragedy. Act I Elsinore, Denmark. King Hamlet has died, mourned by his son, Prince Hamlet of Denmark. The king's funeral is followed fast upon by the marriage of his widow Gertrude to his brother Claudius. Hamlet is deeply disturbed by his father's untimely death and his mother's 'o'er hasty marriage', a state aggravated by the appearance of King Hamlet's ghost, informing Hamlet that he was in fact murdered by his brother, now husband to Gertrude and king of Denmark. The dead king asks that his son revenge his death by killing Claudius. Unsure as to what to do whilst adopting erratic behaviour, Hamlet rejects his soul-mate and lover Ophelia, and dismisses his former classmates, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, summoned by Claudius to Elsinore to help discover the cause of Hamlet's apparent madness. A group of players arrive in Elsinore. Hamlet asks them to perform a scene mimicking the murder of King Hamlet by his brother. Claudius reacts violently to the performance, proof in Hamlet's eyes of his stepfather's guilt. Called to his mother's chamber to explain his actions, Hamlet comes upon Claudius deep in prayer, yet finds himself unable to kill him. Discovering Polonius, Ophelia's father, spying on him in his mother's chamber, Hamlet kills him, proceeding then to berate his mother for her shamelessness and debauchery. His father's ghost appears, reminding Hamlet of his initial mission to revenge his death. Act II Laertes, Polonius's son, returns to Elsinore to avenge his father's death, threatening Claudius and his kingship. Claudius manages to allay Laertes' violence by convincing him that Hamlet is the guilty one: together, Claudius and Laertes conspire to kill him. Ophelia appears, apparently driven mad by Hamlet's rejection and the death of her father. This only serves to harden Laertes' resolve f
S255E33 Queen: Rock the World 03/11/2017 Behind-the-scenes archive documentary following Queen's Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon as they record their sixth album News of the World and embark on a groundbreaking tour of North America. By 1977, Queen had become a major headlining act in the UK, releasing chart-topping albums and singles as well as playing sell-out concerts in all the country's major venues. However, they were facing an increasingly hostile music press, who had a new favourite in punk and had turned against the elaborate, multi-layered recording techniques that had become the hallmark of the band's previous albums. But an unfazed Queen had their sights set on greater things. As the band announced plans to record their next album, the expectation was it would be another production extravaganza, but Freddie, Brian, Roger and John already had other ideas. News of the World showcased them at their most raw, simple and best, returning to their roots as a live act. With a self-imposed limit on studio time and produced entirely on their own for the first time, this stripped-back album took the fans and press by surprise and demonstrated Queen's ability to transcend fashions. It was to prove a seminal moment in the band's history. At the time, BBC music presenter Bob Harris was given exclusive and extensive access to the band to cover this period. Conducting insightful interviews with all four band members as well as filming them at work in the studio as they were planning and rehearsing their forthcoming North American Tour, and then following them as they performed across the US, Bob captured a band attempting to replicate their huge domestic success on the global stage. Curiously, the documentary he set out to make was never completed, and the footage lay unused in the archive until now. To mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the News of the World album, the footage has now been carefully restored and revisited to compile this hour-long
S255E34 Harry Styles at the BBC 02/11/2017 In a BBC Music exclusive, Harry Styles performs new tracks from his number one debut album as a solo artist, alongside covers of classic songs. He's accompanied by his band and performs in front of a live studio audience. Nick Grimshaw talks to Harry about his extraordinary career in music to date, his future ambitions and his debut acting role in Dunkirk. Harry and Grimmy also have some fun with some very special friends as they take time away from the studio to spend a day out in Manchester.
S255E35 David Gilmour: Live at Pompeii 18/11/2017 Former Pink Floyd member David Gilmour performs at the Pompeii Amphitheatre - the first public performance at the venue since 79AD.
S255E36 Stunning Soloists at the BBC 26/03/2017 Solo show-stoppers from the world's greatest musicians in a journey through fifty years of BBC Music. From guitarist John Williams and cellist Jacqueline du Pre to trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and violinist Nigel Kennedy, this is a treasure trove of musical treats and dazzling virtuosity. Whether it's James Galway's Flight of the Bumblebee performed at superhuman speed, Ravi Shankar's mesmerising Raag Bihag or Dudley Moore's brilliant Colonel Bogey March, every performance has its own star quality and unique appeal. Parkinson, Later with Jools Holland, The Les Dawson Show, Music at Night and Wogan are among the programmes featuring instruments ranging from marimba and kora to harp and flamenco guitar. Sit back and enjoy.
S255E37 Mike Peters: The Alarm Live 22/05/2017 Mike Peters rocks the stage at Venue Cymru in Llandudno as The Alarm celebrate 25 years of their homecoming festival, The Gathering. The set includes some of the best-known tracks from his long career in the music business, including the iconic 68 Guns.
S255E38 Tubular Bells: The Mike Oldfield Story 11/10/2013 In 1973, an album was released that against all odds and expectations went to the top of the UK charts. The fact the album launched a record label that became one of the most recognisable brand names in the world (Virgin), formed the soundtrack to one of the biggest movies of the decade (The Exorcist), became the biggest selling instrumental album of all time, would eventually go on to sell over 16 million copies and was performed almost single-handedly by a 19-year-old makes the story all the more incredible. That album was Tubular Bells, and the young and painfully shy musician was Mike Oldfield. This documentary features contributions from Sir Richard Branson, Danny Boyle, Mike's family and the original engineers of the Tubular Bells album among others. The spine of the film is an extended interview with Mike himself, where he takes us through the events that led to him writing Tubular Bells - growing up with a mother with severe mental health problems; the refuge he sought in music as a child, with talent that led to him playing in folk clubs aged 12 and signing with his sister's folk group at only 15; his frightening experience of taking LSD at 16; and finally arriving at the Manor Recording Studios as a young session musician where he gave a demo tape to a recording engineer who passed it along to young entrepreneur Richard Branson. After the album's huge success, Mike retreated to a Hereford hilltop, shunned public life and became a recluse until he took part in a controversial therapy which changed his life. In 2012 Mike captured the public's imagination once again when he was asked to perform at the London Olympic Opening Ceremony, where Tubular Bells was the soundtrack to 20 minutes of the one-hour ceremony. Filmed on location at his home recording studio in Nassau, Mike also plays the multiple instruments of Tubular Bells and shows how the groundbreaking piece of music was put together.
S255E39 Radio 2 in Concert - Liam Gallagher 02/11/2017 Jo Whiley opens the doors of BBC's Radio Theatre for a Radio 2 In Concert with the king of swagger, Liam Gallagher. After being in the spotlight for over 25 years, he releases his debut solo album As You Were. Liam Gallagher became the embodiment of the rock 'n' roll dream, with his brother Noel, by creating Britpop band Oasis, a band who would go on to create a string of anthems to a generation of the 90s. After a spectacular comeback at Glastonbury, the former Oasis frontman performs some new tracks, along with selection of classic tracks.
S255E40 Radio 2 in Concert - Paloma Faith 09/11/2017 Jo Whiley presents a Radio 2 In Concert as Paloma Faith takes to the stage for a unique and intimate performance. The double-platinum singer-songwriter performs songs from her new album The Architect, along with some old favourites. Paloma is one of only two British female artists this decade to have their last three albums go double-platinum in the UK.
S255E41 Radio 2 in Concert - Deep Purple 16/11/2017 Jo Whiley presents the last BBC Radio 2 In Concert of 2017 with one of the biggest heavy metal bands in the world, Deep Purple. After forming in Hertford in 1968, they went on to sell over 100 million albums worldwide, and have inspired a generation of musicians for over 40 decades. Their back catalogue of seminal hits include Smoke On The Water, Child In Time and Highway Star. They take to the stage to play classic tracks along with some new material from their latest album Infinite to an intimate crowd at the BBC's Radio Theatre in London.
S255E42 Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song 27/11/2015 A unique concert staged at the Royal Festival Hall celebrating the music of the legendary songwriter and performer Burt Bacharach. Some of Burt's most famous songs are performed by a stellar line-up of artists including Alfie Boe, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Shaun Escoffery, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Hayward, Michael Kiwanuka, Laura Mvula and Joss Stone. Burt himself also performs accompanied by his band. During the concert Burt chats to Michael Grade about the art of songwriting and shares the stories behind some of his best-loved hits.
S255E43 Radio 2 in Concert - CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers 30/10/2017 Jo Whiley welcomes Grammy-winning Nile Rodgers and his multi-platinum selling band Chic, performing live at the iconic Radio Theatre for BBC Radio 2 In Concert. Bringing their seminal songs, sound and groove, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers will take to the stage to not only celebrate the release of their new album, It's About Time, but also to rejoice in their 40-year career, which has provided a string of influential and ground-breaking tracks like Freak, I Want Your Love, Good Times and Everybody Dance - all hits that have stood the test of time! The American disco legends perform a selection of those much-loved hits along with new music to an intimate crowd.
S255E44 Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park - Take That 10/09/2017 As one of the UK's best-loved and most successful groups, Take That started life as a 5-piece back in 1990. Since then this boy-band turned trio have gone on to have an incredible 37 number one albums around the world, 56 international number one singles and sales of over 45 million records. They are this year's headliners for Festival in a Day and are introduced on stage by Radio 2's breakfast show host, Chris Evans.
S255E45 Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park - Blondie 10/09/2017 Pioneers of the early new-wave and punk scenes in the 70s, Blondie went from the underground to top of the pops by the early 80s. Well known for mixing disco, pop, rap and reggae into their sound - it was a formula that earned them massive success, going on to sell more than 40 million albums around the world. They were the first act to have UK Number 1 singles in the 70s, 80s and 90s - with six chart topping tracks. Inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, they are the next act to take to the Hyde Park stage, introduced by Jo Whiley and Tony Blackburn.
S255E46 Tim Rice: A Life in Song 25/12/2014 A celebration of one of our greatest musical lyricists, Tim Rice, who reminisces in the company of Michael Grade over 40 years of hit songs that conquered the world. Before each one is performed, hear the stories behind some of his best-loved work from Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess and The Lion King. On the stage of The Royal Festival Hall are stars Alexander Armstrong, Gemma Arterton, Rob Brydon, Tom Chaplin, Roger Daltrey, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Cynthia Erivo, James Fox, Seth Lakeman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Minchin, Laura Mvula, Julian Ovenden, Frances Ruffelle, Diana Vickers and Rufus Wainwright. They are accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Mike Dixon.
S255E47 Songs of Ireland 18/03/2012 Some of the finest Irish singers and musicians, recorded in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at Celtic Connections 2012. Eleanor McEvoy, Finbar Furey, Cara Dillon, Luka Bloom, Brian Kennedy and many others sing the songs that Ireland is famous for. Love songs, songs of emigration, songs of loss, contemporary and traditional are all beautifully accompanied by the house band, top Irish-American group Solas.
S255E48 Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park - Emile Sande 10/09/2017 Emeli Sande made her musical debut in 2009 on a track by rapper, Chipmunk. She released her first solo single in 2011, has had three number 1s and has won a string of awards including 4 Brits and 2 Ivor Novellos. She's sung for President Obama, and gave memorable performances at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics. Jeremy Vine joins Jo Whiley to introduce Emeli onto the Hyde Park stage.
S255E49 Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park - Rick Astley 10/09/2017 Rick Astley started his career as Pete Waterman's tea-boy... learning how to make pop-hits in the studios of PWL. His debut single, Never Gonna Give you Up, spent 5 weeks at the top of the UK chart, made number 1 in 25 countries and became the best selling track of 1987. 30 years on he's recently celebrated yet another number one album and takes to the Hyde Park stage as part of Radio 2's Festival in a Day.
S255E50 Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park - Seth Lakeman and Wildwood Kin 10/09/2017 Devon-born Seth has won two Radio 2 Folk Awards for his solo work, as well as gaining a Mercury Nomination for his 2005 album Kitty Jay. He is joined by fellow West country musicians Wildwood Kin, who were nominated for the Radio 2 Young Folk award in 2015, and have since established themselves as a highlight of the festival scene. Jo Whiley and folk fan Simon Mayo introduce them onto stage.
S255E51 Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park - Stereophonics 10/09/2017 Radio 2's Festival in a day returns to Hyde Park. Host Jo Whiley is joined on stage by Michael Ball to introduce the opening act. Welsh rock band Stereophonics are celebrating the 20 year anniversary of their debut album Word Gets Around, which was released in August 1997 and charted at number 6 in the UK. They kick off today's main stage line up at Hyde Park.
S255E52 The Year in Music 2017 08/12/2017 Claudia Winkleman and Clara Amfo look back at 2017's musical highlights - featuring the best albums, biggest artists and most unforgettable performances. Plus the winners of the prestigious 2017 BBC Music Awards are revealed. The show includes interviews with Foo Fighters, Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Nile Rodgers, Rag'n'Bone Man, Dua Lipa, Nick Grimshaw, Mistajam and Jo Whiley, as well as an exclusive performance by Rag'n'Bone Man.
S255E53 Roy Orbison: Love Hurts 15/12/2017 Roy Orbison died 29 years ago but he's hardly forgotten. As one of rock 'n roll's pioneers he achieved superstar status in the 1960s, writing and releasing a series of smash singles such as Oh, Pretty Woman, Only the Lonely, In Dreams and Crying. But while his professional life was full of triumph, Roy suffered terrible misfortune in his personal life, losing his wife and two of his children in successive tragedies, rebuilding his life by relying on his music to distract him from desolation. Roy's legacy as a beloved rock legend and a devoted father is revealed through intimate interviews with Roy's three surviving sons, featuring previously unseen home videos as Alex, Roy Jnr and Wesley Orbison discuss the immense talent and fierce determination that provided the driving force behind their father's incredible success and the dedication to Roy's family that helped create a strong spiritual base to escape the pressures of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. This is the personal story of the relationship between three children and their father; a father who died when they were young, and who they have re-connected with and come to understand through embracing his life's work. It is not often that one gets to understand the person who is the music phenomenon, but in this film about relationships, family, love, loss and affirmation, we get to see the man behind the ever-present dark sunglasses and brooding loner persona, witnessing his struggle with personal demons, and ultimately redemption and acknowledgement from his peers.
S255E54 Jeff Lynne's ELO - Wembley or Bust 16/12/2017 Thrilling concert film that documents Jeff Lynne's ELO playing their triumphant concert for a massive audience at Wembley Stadium on 24 June 2017. This visually and musically impressive film gives viewers a remarkable evening in the life of recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Lynne - one of the most successful recording artists, songwriters and producers of all-time. Having spent much of his recent life in America working in the studio and producing other musical greats, Lynne returns home for this unbelievable stadium show. In Wembley or Bust, Lynne and his remarkable musical ensemble fill Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock & roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships, and most importantly, many of the most-beloved songs, from vintage ELO classics like Mr Blue Sky, Livin' Thing and Evil Woman to Do Ya from his days with The Move, Handle With Care, which he recorded with the Traveling Wilburys, right through to When I Was A Boy from his latest ELO masterpiece, Alone In The Universe. Directed by Paul Dugdale, music lovers All Over The World can now see Jeff Lynne bringing all of his magnificent rock & roll dreams to life in a giant soccer stadium and winning big in every way.
S255E55 U2 at the BBC 19/12/2017 U2 bring their stadium-filling rock to Abbey Road Studios to perform exclusive versions of classics like With or Without You, Beautiful Day and One, alongside new music from their latest album Songs of Experience, accompanied by a live orchestra and choir. Host Cat Deeley chats to Adam, Larry, Bono and the Edge about how four school friends became one of the biggest bands in the world, and reveals the reality of life on the road with U2 when she joins them on tour in South America.
S255E56 Tom Jones and Beverley Knight's Gospel Christmas 22/12/2017 Gospel Christmas returns from the heart of Cardiff to celebrate a special evening of music and spiritual cheer with Sir Tom Jones and Beverley Knight. The blend of traditional gospel, carols and songs of spiritual intent from modern greats like Prince and Bob Dylan are performed by choirs and a house band from the British gospel scene, and will add up to the freshest of winter warmers.
S255E57 The Royal Opera: Puccini's La Bohème 25/12/2017 Sir Antonio Pappano, music director of the Royal Opera House, conducts a new production of Puccini's popular masterpiece, La Bohème - a tale of friends and fellowship, love and loss, set in 19th-century Paris. A stellar cast of young singers, including Michael Fabiano, Nicole Car and Mariusz Kwiecien, comes together for this unforgettable story about a group of aspiring artists living in a freezing Parisian garret. Into their world comes a young seamstress, battling with a terrible disease. Ever since its premiere in Turin in 1896, La Bohème has been a huge hit with audiences across the world, clocking up over 500 performances at Covent Garden. This is the first new production at the Royal Opera House in over 40 years, created by the acclaimed British theatre director Richard Jones, with designs by Stewart Laing. It is a period production, which pits the poverty of the Bohemians against the shopping arcades and restaurants of Paris, described by one reviewer as 'fresh, beautiful and intelligent' (Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph).
S255E58 U2 at the BBC: Special Edition 28/12/2017 U2 bring their stadium-filling rock to Abbey Road Studios to perform exclusive versions of classics like With or Without You, Beautiful Day and One, alongside new music from their latest album Songs of Experience, accompanied by a live orchestra and choir. Host Cat Deeley chats to Adam, Larry, Bono and the Edge about how four school friends became one of the biggest bands in the world, and reveals the reality of life on the road with U2 when she joins them on tour in South America.
S255E59 Elvis: The Rebirth of the King 29/12/2017 The widely accepted Elvis narrative is that the Vegas period was the nadir of his career, but this film argues that Elvis reached his peak both as a singer and performer in the first few years of his Vegas period. He became, in those short years, the greatest performer on earth. The film tracks this five-year renaissance with some of his key musical and artistic collaborators of the period, including the creator of his most memorable jumpsuits, to celebrate the greatest pop reinvention of all time.
S255E60 Nile Rodgers and Chic: Good Times Part One - 2017 31/12/2017 Roman Kemp presents live from the heart of London as Nile Rodgers and Chic stage an exclusive concert to welcome in the new year. As well as Chic classics including Good Times, Everybody Dance and Le Freak, multiple Grammy Award-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist Nile Rodgers has also contributed to a string of other worldwide hits, including Let's Dance by David Bowie, Diana Ross's I'm Coming Out, Sister Sledge's We Are Family and Get Lucky with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams. Nile and Chic perform many of these massive hits to begin the build-up to midnight and the start of the spectacular, world-famous fireworks display over the River Thames.
S255E61 Bruno Mars: Live in Harlem 28/12/2017 Bruno Mars is in Harlem, New York, to fulfil a lifelong dream of performing at one of the most iconic music venues in the world, the Apollo Theatre. Bruno and his band, The Hooligans, take to the streets, singing and entertaining the locals, and giving out tickets to the big show. Featuring never-before-seen performances including Uptown Funk, 24k Magic and an electrifying rooftop performance on the Apollo's marquee, Bruno Mars thrills the crowd with his first ever TV special.
S255E62 Oasis: In Their Own Words 30/09/2016 Iconic, notorious, heroes, prats, legendary, diabolical: a lot can, and has been said about the Gallagher brothers and Oasis - but the harshest commentary often came from within. ‘Oasis in Their Own Words’ charts the band’s meteoric rise from a bunch of lads from Manchester to the biggest British band of their generation, as they saw it themselves. And all the Britpop hedonism and brotherly punch-ups that came along the way.
S255E63 Music That Made Me - Emeli Sandé 16/09/2016 Featuring a special acoustic performance of her new single Hurts, Emeli Sandé tells the story of her musical career so far. From her very first demo tape, through the MySpace years, to working with Naughty Boy and playing at the London 2012 opening ceremony, Emeli covers it all as she returns with new material after a three year break.
S255E64 Live Lounge - Craig David Interview 09/09/2016
S255E65 Live Lounge - Chase & Status Interview 23/09/2016
S255E66 Totally 60s Psychedelic Rock at the BBC 23/10/2015 A compilation from the depths of the BBC archive of the creme de la creme of 1960s British psychedelic rock from programmes such as Colour Me Pop, How It Is, Top of the Pops and Once More with Felix. Featuring pre-rocker era Status Quo, a rustic-looking Incredible String Band, a youthful Donovan, a suitably eccentric performance from the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, a trippy routine from Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & the Trinity, a groovy tune from the Moody Blues, a raucous rendition by Joe Cocker of his version of With a Little Help From My Friends and some pre-Wizzard Roy Wood with the Move. Plus classic performances from the likes of Procol Harum, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and the Who.
S255E67 Adele in New York City 09/12/2016 Grammy Award-winning singer Adele performs in New York at Radio City Music Hall, showcasing songs from her album 25. The show also features Adele interacting with her fans from the iconic Radio City stage and performing landmark songs from throughout her career. Cameras were also rolling behind the scenes in the days leading up to the concert, offering exclusive access to the preparations for this extraordinary event.
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S255E69 How to Make a Number One Record 17/04/2015 Great pop records are the soundtrack to our lives, and that is why number one hits hold a totemic place in our culture. This film goes in search of what it takes to get a number one hit single, uncovering how people have done it, and the effect it had on their lives. As the exploration moves through the decades, the goal is to trace the various routes that lead to the top of the singles chart and discover the role played by art, science, chance and manipulation in reaching the pinnacle of pop.
S255E70 Better than the Original: The Joy of the Cover Version 06/11/2015 Documentary which celebrates the role of the cover version in the pop canon and investigates what it takes to reinvent someone else's song as a smash. Through ten carefully chosen cover versions that whisk us from the British Invasion to a noughties X Factor final, this film journeys over five decades to track how artists as varied as the Moody Blues, Soft Cell, Puff Daddy and Alexandra Burke have scored number 1s with their retake on someone else's song. Each of the ten classic cover versions has its own particular tale, tied not only into its musical and cultural context but also the personal testimony of the artists, producers and songwriters whose lives were changed in the process. Narrated by Meera Syal, it explores the stories behind such iconic hits as House of the Rising Sun, Respect, Tainted Love, I'll Be Missing You and Hallelujah, with contributors including John Cale, Gloria Jones, Marc Almond, Rick Rubin, Faith Evans and British singer-songwriter Nerina Pallot. The cover version has always been a staple of the pop charts. Yet it's often been viewed as the poor relation of writing your own songs. This film challenges and overturns that misconception by celebrating an exciting, underrated musical form that has the power to make or break an artist's career. Whether as tribute, reinterpretation or as an act of subversion, the extraordinary alchemy involved in covering a record can create a new, defining version - in some cases, even more original than the original.
S255E71 Meat Loaf: In and Out of Hell 09/01/2015 Since the release of the Bat Out of Hell album, Meat Loaf has possessed the kind of international status that few artists obtain. His larger-than-life persona and performances are fuelled by a passion for theatre and storytelling. This candid profile reveals the man and his music through his own testimony and from the accounts of those closest to him. Meat Loaf's life story is one of epic proportions - he survived a childhood of domestic violence only to face years of record company rejection before eventually finding global fame. Along the way he experienced bankruptcy, health scares, bust-ups and one of the greatest comebacks of all time. All this and more is explored in the film, which features behind-the-scenes footage of his Las Vegas residency, plus plans for a new album featuring songs by Jim Steinman. The film also revisits the Dallas of Meat Loaf's early years and includes insights from his high school friends, who reveal how Meat really got his famous moniker. After his mother died, Meat Loaf fled Texas for the bright lights of LA. He sang in itinerant rock bands, but no-one would give him a recording contract. By 1969 he was broke and disillusioned. His break would take the form of a musical. He was offered a part in Hair, having been invited to audition whilst working as a parking attendant outside the theatre. Shortly afterwards he met Jim Steinman and the road to success really began. Yet the Hair gig was the beginning of an enduring love affair with theatre that is reflected in his singing persona today. His first album, the now legendary Bat Out of Hell, was initially rejected by scores of record companies, yet went on to spend a staggering 485 weeks in the UK charts. The whole album is a masterwork of storytelling that Meat Loaf and Steinman worked on for four years and then battled to get heard. Meat Loaf and those who worked on the album - from Todd Rundgren to Ellen Foley - reflect on the songs, and celebrate the alchemy that result
S255E72 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live from the River Tour 1980 20/12/2015 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in concert delivering a raucous celebration of rock 'n' roll on The River tour of 1980. Filmed on November 5 at the former ASU Activity Center (now Wells Fargo Arena) in Tempe, part of metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, in front of an enthusiastic 10,000-strong audience. Starting with the album's meditative title track, the concert opens up into a celebratory stomp culminating in that E Street Band staple Jungleland, and taking in rock 'n' roll anthems from The River including Hungry Heart, Cadillac Ranch and You Can Look (But You'd Better Not Touch). Tracks performed: The River Cadillac Ranch Hungry Heart Sherry Darling Ramrod You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) Drive All Night I'm A Rocker Jungleland
S255E73 John Peel Lecture 27/09/2015 The fifth Peel lecture was introduced by Mark Radcliffe and delivered by musician Brian Eno during the Radio Academy's Radio Festival at the British Library on 27 September 2015. He commented: "(Peel) had a profound effect on my musical life and indeed my becoming a musician at all....His career as a non-musician who altered the course of music has been an inspiration to me and forms the basis of this talk." His lecture attempted a definition of art: "I want to talk about two questions tonight. The first one is, is art a luxury? Is it only a luxury or does it do something for us beyond that? And the second question is, is there a way that you can create a situation in which the arts flourish. If you think they’re important, perhaps you should be encouraging them in some way. So those are the two things I’m going to address: now to address those I have to come round it in quite a long way around. Essentially I think we need to rethink how we talk about culture: rethink what we think it does for us and what it actually is." It was broadcast on BBC 6 Music and BBC4.
S255E75 My Bond Song: Sam Smith 23/10/2015 Sam Smith tells the story behind his James Bond song, Writing's On The Wall. He sits down with Nick Grimshaw to discuss the number one track; the first Bond theme to achieve that accolade. Sam discusses how he was first approached, how he set about writing the track, what influences were at play, and the special place an achievement like this has in his heart. Along the way we hear from Disclosure, Naughty Boy, Jimmy Napes (co-writer of the song), David Arnold (Bond music legend), as well as many of the Radio 1 family.
S255E76 A Blackpool Big Band Boogie: Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra 26/07/2015 Concert specially recorded for BBC Four on 24 June 2015 at the Empress Ballroom Blackpool, where Jools Holland and his band were joined by special guests Rumer, Marc Almond and Ruby Turner. The concert celebrates the golden age of big band music from the 1930s to 1950s and Jools presents his interpretations of standards from the greats such as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Woody Herman. Highlights include Rumer's joyful Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive, Marc Almond's stunning rendition of Edith Piaf's Hymn Le Amour and singer Ruby Turner's extraordinary vocals.
S255E77 Nigel Kennedy at the BBC 02/01/2015 Compilation of performances and appearances by Nigel Kennedy from the BBC archive, following his music development and career from a seven-year-old child on Town and Around to his virtuoso showstopper Czardas from the Last Night of the Proms 2013. Featuring interviews with him through the years, and demonstrating a versatility of styles from classical to experimental to a jazz duet with Stephane Grappelli.
S255E78 The Irish Rock Story: A Tale of Two Cities 13/03/2015 Film telling the story of how rock music helped to change Ireland. The 40-year-old story of Irish rock and pop music is grounded in the very different musical traditions of the two main cities of the island, Belfast and Dublin. This musical celebration charts the lives and careers of some of the biggest selling acts in Irish rock, punk and pop from Van Morrison and Thin Lizzy to The Undertones and U2. From the pioneers of the showbands touring in the late 50s through to the modern day, the film examines their lineage and connections and how the hardcore, rocking sound of Belfast merged with the more melodic, folky Dublin tradition to form what we now recognise as Irish rock and pop. The film explores where these bands and musicians came from and the influence the political, social and cultural environments of the day had on them and how the music influenced those environments. With contributions from many of the heavyweights of Irish rock and pop, including U2, Sinead O'Connor and Bob Geldof, it follows their careers as they forged an international presence and looks at how they helped change the island along the way.