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Rory Connolly Rory Connolly | 14:01 UK time, Thursday, 21 October 2010


Hello there, 
We realise that this age of information overload, uncountable channel choice and digital distraction can only make it easier to miss out on the most interesting things in life.

With this in mind we thought we could help a little by distilling down the week's produce from BBC's One, Two, Three and Four into a best bits of Music TV listing on the BBC Music blog.

We'll post an update every Thursday, hopefully it can help you unearth some gems along the way.



MistaJam and Billy Ocean at the MOBOs 2010



Friday 22 October - BBC One
2330 - 2500: The MOBO Awards

Reggie Yates and Alesha Dixon present highlights from the 2010 MOBO Awards, with special backstage reporters N-Dubz. Some of the world's biggest acts descend on the Liverpool Echo Arena for a stellar evening which includes performances from Mark Ronson, Tinie Tempah, JLS, N-Dubz, Jay Sean, Taio Cruz, Tinchy Stryder and Professor Green.

Watch more from last night's MOBOs on 1Xtra's event site.




Friday 22 October - BBC Two
2350 - 2450: Later with Jools Holland
Jools returns for the sixth episode of the series with performances from Duffy, The Gaslight Anthem, Crystal Fighters, The Pierces, Sheryl Crow, Marques Toliver and Heaven 17.

You can watch an exclusive backstage performance of She Loves You by Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon on the Later with Jools website




Friday 22 October - BBC Four
1930 - 2100: Chopin's 200th Birthday Gala Concert
Repeated: BBC Four - Monday 2520
Katie Derham introduces a sumptuous gala concert from Warsaw to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth. Three past winners of the prestigious International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition pay their own tribute to Poland's favourite musical son. Yundi plays an exquisite selection of Nocturnes, with the Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, then Dang Thai Son and Garrick Ohlsson each play the piano concertos in F minor and E minor. In interview they reminisce about winning the competition and their affinity with Chopin's music.





2100 - 2200: Singer - Songwriters at the BBC - episode 4
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2625
The four part series concludes with music from Donovan, Gerry Rafferty, James Taylor, Elton John, Mickey Newbury, Neil Young, Tom Paxton, John Prine, Melanie, Jesse Winchester, Steve Forbert, Chris Rea, Carole King and others.


2200 - 2310: David Gray, KT Tunstall and Ray LaMontagne - Songwriters Circle
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2515
Three premier singer-songwriters play solo, taking it in turns to perform their signature songs and play together at west London's intimate Bush Hall. Chatting about the art and process of songwriting, Cheshire-born David Gray plays songs like Babylon and This Year's Love, plus material from his album Foundling. KT Tunstall plays Other Side and Black Horse and the Cherry Tree from her million-selling debut album Eye of the Telescope and songs from her recent Tiger Sun album. American Ray LaMontagne plays Trouble as well as songs from his fourth album God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise.


2310 - 2400: The Man Who Recorded America - Jac Holzman's Elektra Records
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2425
In the 1960s, a small indie label would conquer American music. With artists like The Doors, Love, Tim Buckley, The Incredible String Band and The Stooges, Elektra Records was consistently on the cutting edge, having built its name initially with folk revival artists like Judy Collins and Tom Paxton, signed out of Greenwich Village. Elektra was run by suave visionary Jac Holzman and this is his story. Featuring contributions from Jackson Browne, Iggy Pop, Judy Collins and choice BBC archive.




Sunday 24 October - BBC Four
2000 - 2100: Legends - Joan Sutherland - The Reluctant Prima Donna
Repeated: BBC Four - Tuesday 2530
Documentary about Dame Joan Sutherland, one of the greatest operatic performers of the late twentieth century, who died in October 2010. Shy and lacking in confidence, she had sung unnoticed at Covent Garden for seven years after arriving from Australia, but over the course of twelve months was transformed into La Stupenda. With a focus on the two roles - Lucia di Lammamoor and Alcina - that launched her, the film features interviews with Dame Joan, Richard Bonynge, Franco Zeffirelli, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. 




Elvis Costello




Tuesday 26 October - BBC Two
2200 - 2230: Later Live
Joining Jools on the seventh show of this series is Sir Paul McCartney, who performs and celebrates the reissue of the classic Wings album Band On The Run. Legendary US singer-songwriter Neil Diamond performs numbers from his upcoming album Dreams, in which he covers classics of the 60s and 70s, including his own I'm A Believer. LA-based rapper/singer Aloe Blacc is making his TV debut with a tune or two from his Good Things album. Also, Elvis Costello returns to the Later studio to play songs from his brand new National Ransom release. And from Akron, Ohio, The Black Keys play a couple of numbers from their latest Brothers album. 


Set your PVRs, VHRs, iPlayers and enjoy.
Next week; Keith Richards, Metal Britannia and a night with Elton John.
Take care of yourselves.



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