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BBC preps Dolly Parton doc from Man Alive Entertainment

London prodco Man Alive Entertainment will chronicle the career of legendary country singer Dolly Parton in its feature-length documentary Dolly’s Country (working title), premiering on BBC2 this fall. Part of the British ...
August 22, 2019

London prodco Man Alive Entertainment will chronicle the career of legendary country singer Dolly Parton in its feature-length documentary Dolly’s Country (working title), premiering on BBC2 this fall.

Part of the British pubcaster’s series of programs on the music genre, Dolly’s Country reveals Parton’s authentic character behind her on-stage persona.

Talking about her on camera for the first time are Parton’s musicians, co-writers and producers. Contributors include Kylie Minogue, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly’s manager Danny Nozell, music producers Linda Perry, Kent Well and Val Garay, and Parton’s band members.

Parton also takes viewers through some of her greatest hits, including “The Bridge,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “9 to 5.”

The film includes footage from Parton’s memorable performance at the 2014 Glastonbury Music Festival, as well as the 50th anniversary celebration of her first performance at Nashville iconic concert hall, Grand Ole Opry. Footage from that original performance is also featured.

Dolly’s Country is the latest film from BAFTA-winning producer-director Francis Whately. It is executive produced by Justin Gorman, Dan McGaughey and Hannah Dodson for Man Alive Entertainment. The documentary was commissioned for the BBC by Jan Younghusband, head of commissioning for music television. Phillip Dolling is executive producer for BBC.

“Dolly Parton is a living legend and I’m thrilled she’s given her time to make this incredible film for BBC2,” Younghusband said in a statement.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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