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Post  misery guts on Wed Dec 23, 2020 8:54 am

The South Bank Show: Simon Armitage
Another poet - the Poet Laureate in fact. He was in a band called The Scaremongers, and has also collaborated with an outfit called LYR, putting his poetry to their tunes.

The Lark Ascending
A repeat from 2012 in which the now-late Diana Rigg talked to other fans like the now-late actor Peter Sallis and Vic Reeves, before a performance of the piece.

Cher - The Story of the Songs
The selections this time were I Got You Babe (fair enough), If I Could Turn Back Time (hmmm) and Believe (OK). I Found Someone preceded IICTBT and is more plausibly a comeback song. But didn't have an OTT video on a warship. Diane Warren and Rob Dickins were both present.

Dennis Miller Plus One - Flea
The Chili Peppers dude has his memoir out, Acid For The Children. He was marking 20 years of the Silver Lake Conservatory, a not-profit music school, and was planning to open another in Watts. He was born in Australia and had a jazz-playing step-father. He has always loved books, and was drawn to music. He felt he benefitted from taking LSD. He supports the environment. He regretted his youthful indiscretions. The audiobook version of his memoir got Grammy-nominated. He's 58.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Dec 26, 2020 8:46 am

The South Bank Show Originals: Ravi Shankar
Melvyn looked into the Shankar story in 2001. This follow-on film made no mention of Ravi's daughter Anoushka's accusations against her father. George Harrison, Philip Glass and Nitin Sawhney were among those who spoke in the original show.

BBC Four Sessions present Soul Noel - Gospel & Soul Stars Sing Christmas
A repeat from 2009, with stars like Beverley Knight and Carleen Anderson, and then rising stars like Bryn Christopher. Not a bad show really.

Fern Britton meets... Dionne Warwick
A repeat from 2012, as Dionne was marking 50 years in the business, but also dealing with the sad death of her cousin Whitney Houston. Dionne spoke warmly of working with Bacharach and David. But she had some success without them, though there was no mention of Barry Gibb. Barry Manilow though was present to help take credit for his work.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:38 am

Neil Brand's Sound of TV
Underwhelming 3-part series looking at theme tunes, jingles and more.

Sacred Music - A Christmas History
Back to 2010 as Simon Russell Beale relates two thousand years of music, including In Dulci Jubilo, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night and In The Bleak Midwinter.

Diana Ross - The Story of the Songs
Those numbers being Baby Love, Do You Know Where You're Going To? and Chain Reaction. So, good to hear from Brian & Eddie Holland and video director David Mallet, plus choreographer Arlene Phillips.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:21 am

Defending Digga D
Upcoming drill star emerges from prison but finds life trickier than expected, including being obliged to move from London to Norwich. He produces Woi, one of the hits of the summer, but then falls foul of the law. I had some sympathy for his plight, but he undoubtedly did himself a few disfavours.

Cigar Box Blues - The Makers of a Revolution
How folk with names like Chickenbone John and Hollowbelly make low-budget guitars out of basic tools. Quite charming, really.

The 30 Greatest Christmas Songs
A rundown from Christmas morning. What's interesting is not much the rundown itself, as seeing which songs are odd inclusions, and which aren't streamed to death every December (Mariah pipped Wham to finish 1st).
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:06 am

Des O'Connor - The Ultimate Entertainer
He had a small musical career including one UK #1, and he died at 88, so this was more a tribute to his comedy work, his entertainment, his talk show as well as the music.

Cliff Richard - King of Christmas
Another tribute show, though Cliff is not dead, just 80. He had 4 Christmas #1's among his tally, if you include his addition to Band Aid II (which most don't).
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:12 am

My Generation
Michael Caine fronts a lengthy re-telling of the story of the 1960s, from the perspective of those who came through in that decade, eg Caine, Twiggy, Paul McCartney, David Bailey, Mary Quant and many more. The films, the fashions, the music, the lot. Well, up to a point.

An Evening With Matt Monro
From Melbourne in 1967. Matt did familiar numbers, much banter with the crowd, some of which went badly (a bit about him looking like Patrick Wymark from The Power Game died because they hadn't seen the show).
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:55 am

Top of the Pops - New Year
A further rundown of the highlights of 2020, which some relevant performances, and the less so (Alicia Keys, Alfie Templeman). Also included the awful Christmas #1 from LadBaby.

Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker 2021
No audience, but Riccardo Muti conducted a full orchestra through the familiar Strausses and other European gems. The Burgen region of Austria is marking its centenary this year, which is a bit less exciting than Beethoven, Sibelius, or other previous ideas.

Aled Jones at 50
The doughty Welsh child star returns to his native Anglesey and elsewhere to recount his story, early albums, the surprise hit success with a cover of Walking In The Air, his voice breaking, and his eventual return to singing and subsequent broadcasting career.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:26 am

Britain's Favourite 80s Songs
The whole show was a Top 50, but you can forget me listing them all. Here's the top 10

10 SUPER TROUPER ABBA ***
09 EYE OF THE TIGER Survivor ****
08 DON'T YOU WANT ME Human League *****
07 SWEET CHILD O' MINE Guns N Roses
06 SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THIS) Eurythmics
05 GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
04 LIVIN' ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
03 RADIO GA GA Queen
02 EVERY BREATH YOU TAKEĀ  The Police ****
01 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! *

Jools' Annual Hootenanny - Best Bits Ever
A lengthy selection from more than 20 years of shows. Inevitably, the most interesting were the less obvious, such as Desmond Dekker, Betty Wright, BB King and Petula Clark.

Taking Chances World Tour - The Concert
Celine Dion was in Boston for this, pushing an album that must have passed me by when it came out. Some collector I am. Anyway, a fun show, and some intriguing covers including Queen's The Show Must Go On and River Deep, Mountain High.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:11 am

Max Richter's Sleep
A part-performance of an EIGHT HOUR piece, including his story, and his partner Yulia's story, how they struggled to make ends meet in the 10 years between early acclaim in 2002, and success in 2012. The music made for a curious experiment.

Glyndebourne: No Ordinary Summer
How the opera company coped over the UK's first lockdown, and what it did for a first production afterwards. Reviving a short, rare piece that incorportated hand santizers and social distancing, in fact. A curious tale.

Culture Interrupted
How the music industry is or isn't coping with the hiatus for touring, and financial crises thereof. For established names, it was a calamity, for newer acts, it was perhaps the end of their dreams.

Viewfinder Asia: China's Little Rock Star
From 2012 (?), the story of 7 year old drumming prodigy Deqi Mu, as she tries to combine lessons with school lessons, and going to Italy to compete in a percussion competition (she came 3rd).
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:51 am

Icon: Music Through The Lens
A lengthy six-part series about all aspects of the rock photographer's trade, from live work to studios, cover photos, album sleeves, and the future in a digital age. A list of dozens of photographers, and several actual rockers from Josh Homme to Nile Rodgers to Zara Larsson to more.

Lwp - Curadur - Eadyth
A new show from lockdown, as the Aberfan star pushed Shamoniks, Ladies of Rage, Izzy Rabey and Endaf. Some good material there, especially from the producers.
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Heather
A biog of Heather Jones, from 2013, a Welsh folkie who crossed over to the rock scene. She was close to other legends like Geraint Jarman, but seemed to get less supportive treatment than they did.

Twist Or Stick
A curious short bringing together performance footage from the likes of The Hollies, Dion, and Shane Fenton and the Fentones, tenuously linked by dances like the twist.

Royal Opera - All Star Gala
A socially distanced evening of various arias and operatic bits, at the Royal Opera House, with Antonio Pappano conducting the in-house Orchestra.

Ceol is Cradh
Mischa MacPherson looks at mental health among musicians, why they might be more susceptible to issues. She spoke to many sufferers, and then attended a musical gathering held after lockdown relaxation, as musicians reaped the benefit of being able to play in person for the first time in a while.
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