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Rory Connolly Rory Connolly | 11:55 UK time, Thursday, 11 November 2010

Another great week of Music television behind us, with fantastic documentaries about Solomon Burke and John Dankworth and one of the best episodes of Later this series. Stand out performances from Midlake, Jessie J and Tinie Tempah makes this Friday's hour long show a must watch.

This week's highlights include Neil Diamond at the Electric Proms, a celebration of Chess Records and Radio 1's inaugural Teen Awards. Enjoy;


Friday 12 November - BBC Two
2350 - 2450: Later... with Jools Holland
Bryan Ferry joins Jools in the studio for the ninth live show of this series. After a summer of touring with Roxy Music, he will be performing tracks from Olympia, his brand new solo album. Midlake, who first came to attention with their acclaimed The Trials of Van Occupanther album in 2006, make their UK TV debut with songs from 2010's The Courage of Others set. Jools is also joined by MOBO award winner Tinie Tempah, Northern Ireland's Two Door Cinema Club and London newcomer and potential 2011 popstar Jessie J. making her TV debut.

Watch Midlake perform a web exclusive version of Head Home on the Later... website


Friday 12 November - BBC Four
1930 - 2100: Elgar - The Music Maker
Repeated: BBC Four - Monday 2330
The composer of Land of Hope and Glory is often regarded as the quintessential English gentleman, but Edward Elgar's image of hearty nobility was deliberately contrived. In reality, he was the son of a shopkeeper, who was awkward, nervous, self-pitying and often rude, while his marriage to his devoted wife Alice was complicated by romantic entanglements which fired his creative energy. In this revelatory portrait of a musical genius, John Bridcut explores the secret conflicts in Elgar's nature which produced some of Britain's greatest music.

2100 - 2200: Legends - Chess Records
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2400
Chicago's Chess Records was one of the greatest labels of the post-war era, ranking alongside other mighty independents like Atlantic, Stax and Sun. From 1950 till its demise at the end of the 60s, Chess released a myriad of electric blues, rock 'n' roll and soul classics that helped change the landscape of black and white popular music. The film reveals how two Polish immigrants, Leonard and Phil Chess, forged friendships with black musicians in late 1940s Chicago, shrewdly building a speciality blues label into a huge independent worth millions by the end of the 1960s. Full of vivid period detail, it places the Chess story within a wider social and historical context - as well as being about some of the greatest music ever recorded, it is, inevitably, about race in America during these tumultuous times.

2200 - 2300: Chuck Berry In Concert
Legendary rock 'n' roller Chuck Berry performs at the BBC Television Theatre in 1972. Johnny B Goode, Roll Over Beethoven and Nadine are just some of the highlights of this concert, shown in an extended cut. This version includes, for the first time, an epic rendition of My Ding-a-Ling that carries all before it and raises innuendo to an art form.

2300 - 2400: Culture Show Special - Keith Richards
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2300
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.

2400 - 2530: Blues Britannia
Documentary telling the story of what happened to blues music on its journey from the southern states of America to the heart of British pop and rock culture, providing an in-depth look at what this music really meant to a generation of kids desperate for an antidote to their experiences of living in post-war suburban Britain.

Watch clips from interviews with Keith Richards and Mick Fleetwood on the Blues Britannia website, where you can also find a gallery of classic Blues portraits from celebrated photographer Val Wilmer.

Saturday 13 November - BBC Two
2215 - 2315: Solitary Man - Neil Diamond
A 60-minute documentary including an interview and exclusive location filming with Neil Diamond in New York and Los Angeles. Robbie Robertson, Jeff Barry, Mickey Dolenz and other contributors track Neil from his childhood in Brooklyn to his early days in the Brill Building, his nascent solo career and superstardom in the early 70s, the lean years of the 80s, his career reboot via Rick Rubin in the noughties and his Glastonbury success.

2315 - 2415: Electric Proms 2010 - Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond in concert from London's Roundhouse with his six-piece band performing all the hits and covers from his latest album, which explores the 60s and 70s songs he loves, and reinventing his classics. This is Neil Diamond stripped down with strings in his most intimate performance for years.

See photos from the night and listen again in HD Sound on the Electric Proms website

2415 - 2445: Sings Neil Diamond
30-minute archive collection of performances of hit covers of Neil Diamond songs from an eclectic mixture of artists including UB40 (Red Red Wine), Urge Overkill (Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon), Robert Wyatt (I'm A Believer) and Lulu (Boat That I Row).

Sunday 14 November - BBC Four
2100 - 2200: Mark Lawson Talks to Tom Jones
Repeated: BBC Four - Tuesday 2330
Mark Lawson talks to the iconic singer Sir Tom Jones about his life in and out of the limelight. Jones reflects on his modest upbringing in a coal mining community from the early pub tours in his native south Wales to achieving international acclaim - and the accompanying pressures of fame.



Tom Jones




2200 - 2300: Tom Jones at the BBC
An archive celebration of Tom Jones's performances at the BBC from the start of his pop career in the mid-60s to Later...with Jools Holland in 2010 and all points in between, including Top of the Pops and the Dusty Springfield Show. A chronological celebration of Sir Tom through the years that is also a history of music TV at the BBC over most of the past 50 years.

Tuesday 16 November - BBC Two
2200 - 2230: Later Live… with Jools Holland
Joining Jools in the studio for the tenth and final live show of this series is the legendary Robert Plant, who performs tracks from his recent Band Of Joy album. Arcade Fire are also in the studio with a couple of tunes from their chart-topping The Suburbs set. Soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples showcases tracks from her Jeff Tweedy-produced album You Are Not Alone. From Nashville Tennessee and making their TV debut are Mona, who describe their high-octane rock and roll as the sound of chainsaws dancing, and Adele will be making a welcome return to the studio to preview a track from her second album due in early 2011.


Wednesday 17 November - BBC Three
1900 - 2000: Radio 1 Teen Awards
BBC Radio 1's Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw present highlights from the first ever BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards at London's Hammersmith Apollo. Featuring performances from chart-topping acts Katy Perry, JLS, The Wanted, Taylor Swift and Professor Green, the awards reward some of the country's most inspirational teenagers and applauds the best stars from the music and entertainment world.

Find out the winners and get all the backstage gossip from Sunday's Teen Awards on Radio 1's website


Next week; The Highland Sessions, Brian Eno and Leonard Cohen.
Take care of yourselves



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