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mcraggs27 - 17 November 2021 01:36 PM

BBC4 - Friday 26th Nov... 21:00 - 22:00

Lindisfarne’s Geordie Genius: The Alan Hull Story.

Brit Award winner Sam Fender goes in search of a musical hero from another era - the late, great, Alan Hull of Lindisfarne. Sam is amazed how few people, outside of his native north east, know much about his hero’s work. He’s now on a mission to win back Hull’s place in music history.

In this film, he traces the career of the man whose words and music put Newcastle and supergroup Lindisfarne on the musical map in the 1970s. Alan continued to write classic songs until his early death in 1995. He spoke of love and life, championed the underdog and the misunderstood, and celebrated working-class people and his hometown - both of which he loved with a passion. Alan lived and wrote through turbulent times - writing eloquently about the troubles in Northern Ireland, the Falklands War and the miners’ strike.

Sam digs out great archive interviews, performances and unseen footage, and meets friends, family and bandmates who knew Alan Hull best. Sam also hears from top stars like Sting, Elvis Costello, Mark Knopfler, Dave Stewart and Peter Gabriel. All were huge fans of songs such as Lady Eleanor, Fog on the Tyne, Winter Song, Clear White Light and Run For Home. But he also finds that Alan inspired an entire new generation of musicians like Kay Greyson: a young rapper from Tyneside. To his surprise, Sam discovers ‘Hully’ also took the lead role in an acclaimed BBC TV primetime drama. He reveals a complex man - a political animal, a drinker and an agitator, beset by his own insecurities but someone who could break hearts and inspire minds with his lyrics and melodies.

To quote the young presenter - “This was Lush!”

     

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Saturday 4th December - BBC2

10:00 - 11:30pm - Phil Lynott: Song For While I’m Away
Documentary on the life and music of Phil Lynott, telling the story of how a young working-class black boy from 1950s Dublin became Ireland’s greatest rock star.

As lead singer of Thin Lizzy, Phil was a songwriter, a poet, a dreamer and a wild man. Told extensively through the words of Phil himself and focusing on some of his iconic songs, the film gets to the heart of Philip as a father, husband, friend, son and rock icon.

11:30pm - 12:05am - Sight & Sound In Concert: Thin Lizzy
Archive performance by Irish guitar rockers Thin Lizzy in concert at the Regal Theatre, Hitchin (1983). The set includes Jailbreak, Cold Sweat and The Boys Are Back in Town.

     

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Friday 10th December - BBC4....

21:00 - 22:25 - Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace
Nick Cave plays songs at the piano from across his repertoire in a rarely seen stripped-back set, from early Bad Seeds and Grinderman right through to the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 2019 album, Ghosteen. The performance, which was filmed at London’s Alexandra Palace, features tracks including Into My Arms, The Mercy Seat, Higgs Boson Blues and Girl in Amber.

Recorded in June 2020, as the UK slowly emerged from lockdown, and conceived as a reaction to the confinement and isolation of the preceding months, Idiot Prayer is a souvenir from a strange and precarious moment in history.

     

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BBC4 - Friday 14th Jan 2022…

A night for Rolling Stones fans,....

21:00 - Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane
Crossfire Hurricane, directed by Brett Morgen, provides a remarkable new perspective on the Stones’ unparalleled journey from blues-obsessed teenagers in the early 60s to rock royalty. It’s all here in panoramic candour, from the Marquee Club to Hyde Park, from Altamont to ‘Exile, from club gigs to stadium extravaganzas.
With never-before-seen footage and fresh insights from the band themselves, Crossfire Hurricane places the viewer on the frontline of the band’s most legendary escapades.
Taking its title from a lyric in Jumping Jack Flash, Crossfire Hurricane gives the audience an intimate insight, for the first time, into exactly what it’s like to be part of the Rolling Stones, as they overcame denunciation, drugs, dissensions and death to become the definitive survivors.
The odyssey includes film from the Stones’ initial road trips and first controversies as they became the anti-Beatles, the group despised by authority because they connected and communicated with their own generation as no-one ever had. ‘When we got together,’ says Wyman, ‘something magical happened, and no one could ever copy that’.
Riots and the chaos of early tours are graphically depicted, as is the birth of the Jagger-Richards songwriting partnership. The many dramas they encountered are also fully addressed, including the Redlands drug bust, the descent of Brian Jones into what Richards calls ‘bye-bye land’, and the terror and disillusionment of 1969’s Altamont Festival.
The film illustrates the Stones’ evolution from being, as Mick vividly describes it, ‘the band everybody hated to the band everybody loves’: through the hedonistic 1970s and Keith’s turning-point bust in Canada, to the spectacular touring phenomenon we know today. Richards also reveals the song that he believes defines the ‘essence’ of his writing relationship with Jagger more than any other.
The film combines extensive historical footage, much of it widely unseen, with contemporary commentaries by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones, Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor.

22:50 - The Rolling Stones: Totally Stripped
Originally broadcast in 1995, a fly-on-the-wall account of The Rolling Stones that captures rehearsals, interviews, live shows and footage of the band in the studio, recording and performing stripped-down versions of some of their classic songs.

00:25 - 01:10 - The Rolling Stones At The BBC
To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of The Rolling Stones we delve into the BBC vaults to deliver some timeless Stones archive. From the early days of their career and some unforgettable performances on Top of the Pops with the Last Time, Let’s Spend the Night Together and Get Off of My Cloud through the late 60s and early 70s era of prolific song writing when the band were knocking out a classic album every other year and offering up such classics as Honky Tonk Women and Gimme Shelter.
The late 70s brought a massively successful nod to disco with Miss You and the early 80s a stomping return to form with the rock ‘n’ roll groove of Start Me Up. Peppered amongst the performances are snippets of wisdom from the two main men - the Glimmer Twins, aka Mick and Keith. Plus as a special treat, some lost footage of the band performing 19th Nervous Breakdown on Top of the Pops in 1966 - recently discovered in a BBC documentary from the 1960s about women with depression.

     

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