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S255E01 When Rock Ruled the World 13/03/2002 From 1970 to the mid 80s, When Rock Ruled The World celebrates the unavoidable appeal of the loudest, fastest, heaviest music on the planet, a time when everyone wanted to own an electric guitar, if only to turn the volume up to eleven. Featuring the extravagance of Led Zeppelin; the power of Deep Purple; the progressive indulgence of Hawkwind; the intensity of Black Sabbath and the band that defined 'excess all areas', Motley Crue. All the extremes of rock are here - the long hair, the air guitar, the leather, the cider and snakebite that were part of an age when rock pumped out an earth-quaking racket that blasted the dandruff from a thousand mullets. Interviewees include Alice Cooper, Lemmy of Motorhead, Vic Reeves, Ozzy Osbourne, Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, Slash of Guns n Roses, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi of Status Quo.
S255E02 When Hippies Ruled the World 10/04/2002 As seen through the blurred eyesight of the coolest cats of the sixties, When Hippies Ruled The World takes a trip back to the end of the psychedelic Sixties - the dreams, trips, movies, and music - to a time was love was all that was needed. From 1967 to 1970, the hippie revolution gave us great anthems, great events, great sex and great big afghan coats. The music was by The Doors; queen of the hippies Joni Mitchell; and the world was set alight by the number one hit Fire by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Hippies dropped out at the biggest festival, Woodstock, and were turned on by LSD and free love. The whole experience was literally set on film by Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in Easy Rider while the hippest of all looked East and followed in the trail of the Beatles to India. Interviewees include singer Joni Mitchell - in her first ever British TV interview; Ray Manzarek of The Doors; musician Arthur Brown; actor Dennis Hopper; actress Susan George; Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash; Nigel Planer (Neil from The Young Ones); Alan Whicker; Hippies Wavy Gravy and Mick Farren; DJ John Peel.
S255E03 Chopin's Etude 09/12/2003 Pianist Freddy Kempf plays Chopin's Etude in A minor, Op 25 No 1.
S255E04 Wagner's Ring Cycle Part 2 - Die Walküre 12/02/2017 The second of the four music dramas in Richard Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle, in a radically stripped-back, critically acclaimed production by Opera North. Filmed during live performances in 2016, this is total immersion in a unique, all-encompassing music drama. In Die Walküre, it is human emotion that takes centre stage, with musical highlights including ‘Winterstürme’ and the Ride of the Valkyries. Wotan, king of the gods, strives to undo the curse placed on the ring by the dwarf Alberich, by fathering a mortal hero to reclaim it. But when his son Siegmund falls in love with his estranged twin sister, defying the laws of incest, Wotan sends his favourite daughter, the Valkyrie Brünnhilde, to ensure Siegmund’s death. Yet her defiance will mean that Wotan has to say a final goodbye to her too.
S255E05 Wagner's Ring Cycle Part 3 - Siegfried 12/02/2017 The third of the four music dramas in Richard Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle, in a radically stripped-back, critically acclaimed production by Opera North. Filmed during live performances in 2016, this is total immersion in a unique, all-encompassing music drama. Wagner’s unparalleled orchestral scene-painting reaches new heights as we meet the daring hero Siegfried, the grandson of Wotan, king of the gods. Siegfried has been raised by the dwarf Mime in the forest, where he has never learned fear. When he learns of his parents’ deaths, he forges an unbreakable sword from the shards of the weapon that belonged to his father Siegmund, kills the dragon, Fafner, and claims the magic ring. Fearless and free, Siegfried braves the fire surrounding the sleeping Brünnhilde, now a mortal woman, whom he innocently awakens, only to discover an all-consuming, passionate love.
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 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 05/03/2017 On Wednesday 5th April 2017 the cream of the Folk, Acoustic and Roots music world unites for the Radio 2 Folk Awards, returning to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall for a third time. Now in their 18th year, the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards continue to celebrate a year of outstanding achievement in the world of folk music, with previous award recipients including Joan Baez, Cat Stevens, Billy Bragg, Shirley Collins, Bellowhead, Martin Carthy and Seth Lakeman. This year, the Radio 2 Folk Awards will welcome an array of star guests and will see performances from the likes of Billy Bragg, Afro Celt Sound System and Al Stewart. This website will be broadcasting the show live from 7.30pm-10pm, with highlights and on demand performances available after the event.
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 Sgt Pepper's Musical Revolution with Howard Goodall 03/06/2017 Fifty years ago this week, on 1 June, 1967, an album was released that changed music history - The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In this film, composer Howard Goodall explores just why this album is still seen as so innovative, so revolutionary and so influential. With the help of outtakes and studio conversations between the band, never heard before outside of Abbey Road, Howard gets under the bonnet of Sgt Pepper. He takes the music apart and reassembles it, to show us how it works - and makes surprising connections with the music of the last 1,000 years to do so. Sgt Pepper came about as a result of a watershed in The Beatles' career. In August 1966, sick of the screaming mayhem of live shows, they'd taken what was then seen as the career-ending decision to stop touring altogether. Instead, beginning that December, they immersed themselves in Abbey Road with their creative partner, producer George Martin, for an unprecedented five months. What they produced didn't need to be recreated live on stage. The Beatles took full advantage of this freedom, turning the studio from a place where a band went to capture its live sound, as quickly as possible, into an audio laboratory, a creative launch-pad. As Howard shows, they and George Martin and his team constructed the album sound by sound, layer by layer - a formula that became the norm for just about every rock act who followed. In June 1967, after what amounted to a press blackout about what they'd been up to, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was released. It was a sensation, immediately becoming the soundtrack to the Summer of Love - and one of the best-selling, most critically lauded albums of all time. It confirmed that a 'pop music' album could be an art form, not just a collection of three-minute singles. It's regularly been voted one of the most important and influential records ever released. In this film, Howard Goodall shows that it is
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 Proclaimers: This is the Story 21/06/2017 In 1987, two brothers from Auctermuchty in Fife released an album called 'This Is the Story'. Featuring songs such as 'Letter From America', the album propelled The Proclaimers and the Scottish accent into the charts. Superfan David Tennant talks to Craig and Charlie Reid about 30 years in the business which has taken them from playing small pubs and clubs across Scotland to become one of the nation's most iconic bands.
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 Jazz Nights at the Quay - Georgia Mancio 26/05/2017
S255E19 Radio 1 Live Lounge - HAIM 11/07/2017 HAIM perform their current track 'Want You Back' and cover 'Bad Liar' by Selena Gomez, with some DIY percussion.
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 por
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 Sam Smith at the BBC 09/11/2017 Sam Smith performs tracks from his latest album alongside some of his biggest hits, including Stay With Me and the Oscar-winning Writing's on the Wall, accompanied by his band and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Host Fearne Cotton chats with Sam about his incredible career and life to date. There are some fun moments with his fans backstage, and Sam gives one special couple the surprise of a lifetime on their wedding day.
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 Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park - Shania Twain 10/09/2017 Queen of Country Pop, Shania Twain was born in Ontario, Canada, and fought her way to the top of the Country music world to become one of the best-selling artists of all time. A multi-award winning singer, songwriter and producer with an unmistakable voice she has no less than 5 Grammys under her belt, as well as an incredible 90 million albums sold worldwide - including the best-selling studio album by a female artist of all time. Radio 2's 'King of Country' Bob Harris introduces Shania Twain onto the Hyde Park stage, for her first UK appearance in 13 years.
S255E47 Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park - James Blunt 10/09/2017 James Blunt's breakthrough success happened in 2005 with his number one single 'You're Beautiful' from his debut album 'Back to Bedlam'. Since then, this former British Army officer has sold more than 20 million albums and 13 million singles around the world. Before he heads back on the road to tour his fifth studio album, he takes to the stage in Hyde Park.
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 James Brown: Mr Dynamite 28/02/2015 Pioneering the journey from rhythm and blues to funk, James Brown forever changed the face of American music. Mr Dynamite follows the story of Brown as he escaped his impoverished southern roots to become the biggest name in soul music and one of the most important music talents of the 20th century. This captivating film utilises never-before-seen concert footage, interviews with Brown from a variety of sources and recent insights from band members and others who knew the singer to tell the remarkable story of the supremely gifted and enormously influential American musical icon. Mick Jagger is among those who recall his magnetic showmanship - first catching Brown's act from the balcony of the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, only to have Brown steal the spotlight when they performed on the same Los Angeles television show. Beyond musical talent, the film documents how Brown played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement, whilst later endorsing Richard Nixon, whose politics chimed with his own entrepreneurship.
S255E54 Robbie Rocks Big Ben Live - Part 1 31/12/2016 Robbie Williams stages an exclusive concert live from the heart of London. Introduced by Melvin Odoom, Robbie performs some of his greatest hits to begin the build-up to the clock striking midnight and the start of the spectacular world-famous fireworks display over the River Thames.
S255E55 Genesis: Three Sides Live 06/02/2015 Genesis filmed in November 1981 on the Abacab tour in North America, originally released on VHS to coincide with the live album of the same name. It has only ever been released on DVD in the limited edition box set The Movie Box 1981-2007. Originally filmed in 16mm, the footage has now been fully restored and is being reissued as a standalone DVD and Blu-ray for the first time. The show focuses on tracks from the Duke and Abacab albums, and the tracks are intercut with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the band members. As ever with Genesis, the show is visually stunning and it captures the band in their transition from their progressive days in the 70s through to the hugely successful pop/rock act they became from the mid-80s onwards.
S255E56 Metallica: Live at Reading Festival 2015 29/08/2015 The Ecstasy of Gold Fuel For Whom the Bell Tolls Battery King Nothing Ride the Lightning The Day That Never Comes The Memory Remains The Unforgiven Sad But True Turn the Page Wherever I May Roam One Master of Puppets Fade to Black Seek & Destroy Whiskey in the Jar Nothing Else Ma\tters Enter Sandman
S255E57 Live Lounge: Soul II Soul 10/08/2016 The legendary Soul II Soul join Trevor Nelson for a special show from Maida Vale. They reunite with Caron Wheeler to perform an incredible four-track session for 1Xtra's RnB week. Includes 'Fairplay', 'Keep on Moving', 'Get a Life' and 'Back to Life'.
S255E58 Van Morrison: Up On Cyprus Avenue 04/09/2015 Recorded on his birthday, highlights of Van Morrison's unique live performance on the Belfast avenue he made famous through the iconic album Astral Weeks.
S255E59 Mercury Prize Winners at the BBC 20/11/2015 Selected archive performances from a variety of Mercury Prize winners on a mixture of BBC shows down the years. Previous winners have included Primal Scream, M-People, Portishead, Roni Size, Dizzee Rascal, Elbow, Arctic Monkeys and James Blake, to name but a few. The Mercury Music Prize launched in 1992 and 2015 will see its 24th winner.
S255E60 Belladrum 2015 (1) 06/08/2015 Opening night coverage from the Tartan Heart Festival in Beauly, presented by Fiona MacKenzie and Niall Iain MacDonald. Among the acts leading the coverage are Scotland's most famous twin brothers, Charlie and Craig Reid, better known as seminal band the Proclaimers. Other bands featured are the Correspondents and Keston Cobblers Club.
S255E61 Lemmy: In His Own Words 22/01/2016 Ian Fraser Kilmister, a.k.a. Lemmy & Motörhead frontman/songwriter is credited with introducing punk sounds into the heavy metal mix, paving the way for a generation of thrash metal and speed metal followers. Lemmy was a one-off who walked it like he talked it and while he embodied the rock n roll lifestyle up until his recent death, his influence as a musician and songwriter should not be underestimated. This programme offers Lemmy's own overview of his journey through interviews he gave for various BBC documentaries including Metal Britannia and features material never previously broadcast, along with classic Motörhead Top of the Pops' studio performances to celebrate one of rock music's most charismatic frontmen who helped pioneer hard rock and heavy metal.
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.

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