BBC preps Genesis, Kenny Rogers docs for music season

UK pubcaster the BBC is lining up a host of music docs and specials, including a feature doc reuniting the original members of Genesis, as part of a renewed music focus.
June 16, 2014

UK pubcaster the BBC is lining up a host of music docs and specials, including a feature doc reuniting the original members of Genesis, as part of a renewed music focus.

The news comes as the Beeb today announced it will be launching and broadcasting a new music awards show, the BBC Music Awards, which will take place in December.

Among the titles being lined up by the broadcaster, The Soundtrack of the Twentieth Century (working title), for BBC2, is set to be broadcast in 2016, and promises to be a “definitive, many part BBC TV series” which will “explore popular music’s rise and many transformations across the 20th Century – not only on TV, radio and online – to form a BBC anthology.

“From Caruso to Taylor Swift via Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Eminem and many more, this is the story of 100 years of music as only the BBC can,” the Corporation said.

Elsewhere for BBC2, Genesis: Together and Apart (w/t) will be a feature-length documentary made with the full cooperation of Genesis, reuniting all original members of the band together – Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford – for the first time since 1975.

Meanwhile, Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the South will be a three-part series in which the titular Georgia-born comedian Reginald will embark on a road trip from North Carolina to New Orleans through 150 years of American popular song.

On sister network BBC4, “Country Legends: Nashville and Beyond” will be a season of programs exploring the history of country music. It will feature three docs focusing on Nashville: Nashville: Country Capital (w/t), Kenny Rogers: The Gambler (w/t) and Bob Harris: My Nashville.

In September, and coinciding with London Fashion Week, BBC4 will examine the relationship between music and fashion. Central to the season will be Oh You Pretty Things! (w/t), a three-part TV series exploring the relationship between British rock and pop music and fashion, featuring interviews with Barbara Hulanicki, Glen Matlock, Jazzie B, Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, among others.

BBC4 is also lining up music docs on Kate Bush and Northern Soul, to air further down the line.

There will also be a focus on classical music television, with programming airing on both BBC2 and BBC4.

In The Joy of Mozart on BBC4, Tom Service will look at composer’s work with the help of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nicola Benedetti, Paul Morley and others. Meanwhile, filmmaker John Bridcut and 1212 Productions present a portrait of Herbert Von Karajan, exploring his career as one of the 20th century’s greatest and most controversial conductors.

Finally, on BBC2, Simon Russell Beale travels to Italy to explore the relationship between the ambitious Duke of Mantua and his determined composer Claudio Monteverdi in The Duke And The Composer – Monteverdi In Mantua.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.