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Rory Connolly Rory Connolly | 12:33 UK time, Thursday, 28 October 2010

Hello again,
I hope last week's post helped a little with your TV planning, although I understand it's not as easy to get your highlighter pen out to circle your favourites on a blogpost. A bumper collection of shows this week, including Elton John kicking off this year's Electric Proms and one of the finest documentaries about a Canadian heavy metal band to be released in the past two years. Enjoy;

Thursday 28 October - BBC Two
1900 - 2000: Keith Richards - A Culture Show Special
To mark the publication of Keith Richards' autobiography, Life, this Culture Show special looks at the life of the man with five strings and nine lives. In a candid interview he chats to Andrew Graham Dixon about his childhood in Dartford, his passion for music and the decade that catapulted the Rolling Stones from back-room blues boys to one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands in the world.



Neil Diamond



Friday 29 October - BBC Two
2350 - 2450: Later with Jools Holland
Joining Jools 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 makes 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 National Ransom release. From Akron, Ohio, the Black Keys play a couple of numbers from their album, Brothers.

Friday 29 October - BBC Four
1930 - 2030: BBC Four Proms 2010 - Chopin & Ravel
Repeated: BBC Four - Monday 2410
Leading Chopin interpreter Nelson Freire is the soloist in Chopin's lyrical and brilliant Second Piano Concerto. On the podium the young French conductor Lionel Bringuier makes his Proms debut conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and gives a sizzling performance of Ravel's score for the ballet Daphnis and Chloe - Suite No 2. Introduced from the Royal Albert Hall by Katie Derham.

2030 - 2100: Sacred Music - The Story or Allegri's Miserere
Simon Russell Beale tells the story behind Allegri's Miserere, one of the most popular pieces of sacred music ever written. The programme features a full performance of the piece by the award-winning choir The Sixteen, conducted by Harry Christophers.

2100 - 2200: Classic Albums - Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2455
The second album by Black Sabbath, released in 1970, has long attained classic status. Paranoid not only changed the face of rock music, but also defined the sound and style of heavy metal more than any other record in rock history. The result of a magic chemistry which had been discovered between four English musicians, it put Black Sabbath firmly on the road to world domination. This programme tells the story behind the writing, recording and success of the album. Despite vilification from the Christian and moral right and all the harsh criticism that the music press could hurl at them, Paranoid catapulted Sabbath into the rock stratosphere.

2200 - 2330: Heavy Metal Britannia
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2550
Nigel Planer narrates a documentary which traces the origins and development of British heavy metal from its humble beginnings in the industrialised Midlands to its proud international triumph.

2330 - 2450: Anvil! - The Story of Anvil
At 14, Toronto school friends Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band Anvil went on to become the 'demi-gods of Canadian metal', releasing 1982's Metal on Metal, which influenced a musical generation including Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax. All those bands went on to sell millions of records but Anvil's career would take a different path - straight into obscurity. But Lips and Robb never gave up on their childhood dream and kept rocking, always believing that one day Anvil would taste the success that had so long eluded them.
The film follows Lips and Robb, now in their 50s, as they gear up to record their thirteenth album, This is Thirteen. Coping with increasingly impatient families, crippling mortgages and the effects of old age, they know this is their last chance to really make it.


Elton John



Saturday 30 October - BBC Two

2145 - 2245: The Making Of Elton John - Madman Across The Water
Documentary exploring Elton John's childhood, apprenticeship in the British music business, sudden stardom in the US at the dawn of the 70s, and his musical heyday. Plus the backstory to the new album reuniting him with Leon Russell, his American mentor. Features extensive exclusive interviews with Elton, plus colleagues and collaborators including Bernie Taupin, Leon Russell and more.

2245 - 2345: Electric Proms 2010 - Elton John

Elton John in concert at the Roundhouse with his friend and mentor Leon Russell and special guests Plan B and Rumer. The concert celebrates Elton and Leon's classic hits and they also perform from their new collaboration album, The Union.

You can listen again to Elton John's Electric Proms performance in High Definition Audio on the BBC Electric Proms website.

2345 - 2445: Elton John at the BBC

Elton John's career tracked in archive from performances, interviews and news clips.

Tuesday 2 November - BBC Two
2200 - 2230: Later Live... with Jools Holland
Kings of Leon join Jools in the studio for the eighth live show of this series.They perform tunes from their new album, Come Around Sundown, the follow-up to their multi-platinum award winning breakthrough Only By the Night. Eric Clapton plays tracks from his current album Clapton, which sees him paying tribute to the songs that inspired him early in his career.
MIA also joins Jools, with a couple of songs from her recent long player. Brand new UK band The Vaccines perform, with their blend of Beach Boys meets The Ramones pop tunes. There's also English folk band Bellowhead, the eleven piece band bought together by John Spiers and Jon Boden. Plus comedian turned TV critic Harry Hill pops in for a chat about his debut album.


Next week; Sir John Dankworth, Solomon Burke and Robert Plant.
Take care of yourselves,




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