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Music TV - January 6 - January 12

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Rory Connolly Rory Connolly | 07:36 UK time, Thursday, 6 January 2011

Hello again, and happy new year.
Some early 2011 Music TV highlights below, more to come over the course of the next twelve months.


Friday 7 January - BBC Three
1900 - 2000: Doctor Who at The Proms
Doctor Who returns to the Proms with a new show hosted by the stars of the series - Karen Gillan (aka the Doctor's companion Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (aka Rory Williams) and featuring a special guest appearance by Matt Smith (aka the Doctor).

Friday 7 January - BBC Four
1930 - 2025: The Genius Of Mozart Uncovered
Conductor Charles Hazlewood rehearses and performs some of the key works featured in the BBC series The Genius of Mozart and analyses them in more detail. Mozart's Piano Concerto in D Minor K466 comes under the microscope, performed by the renowned Dutch fortepianist Ronald Brautigam and a specially-formed period orchestra.

Watch clips from The Genius Of Mozart season on the BBC Music Showcase

2030 - 2100: Transatlantic Sessions
Folk musicians come together to make music in what have been called 'the greatest backporch shows ever'. This edition features Paul Brady, Karen Matheson and Joan Osborne.

Tom Petty


2100 - 2200: Classic Albums - Tom Petty - Damn the Torpedoes
Repeated - BBC Four - Sunday 2340
The third album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in 1979, has long been regarded as a classic, demonstrates the musical and songwriting virtuosity of a great frontman and his amazing backing band. A mix of rootsy American rock 'n' roll and the best of the British invasion, of jangling Byrds guitars and Stones-like rhythms, Damn he Torpedoes was the album that took Petty into the major league and re-defined American rock.This programme tells the story behind the conception and recording of the album and the transformation it made to the band's career.

2200 - 2245: Tom Petty - Rock Goes To College
Repeated - BBC Four - Sunday 2535
Pete Drummond introduces Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in concert at Oxford Polytechnic in 1980.

2245 - 2645: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Runnin' Down A Dream
Peter Bogdanovich's epic portrait of one of America's great heartland rock 'n' roll bands. The film uses extensive interviews with the band and friends like Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and Rick Rubin to chart their stubborn, independent-minded and often highly-successful journey towards the present day - breaking up occasionally, stopping off with the Traveling Wilburys, various Petty solo outings and periods backing the likes of Dylan, but fundamentally sticking together as one of America's greatst live and recording rock 'n' roll bands.



Gracie Fields


Saturday 8 January - BBC Four
2230 - 2350: Gracie!
Singer and comedienne from Rochdale, Gracie Fields was the nation's darling. Beginning on the cusp of World War II and at the phenomenal peak of her career, this heart-breaking love story tells of Gracie's relationship with Italian-born Hollywood director Monty Banks and its staggering repercussions.

Sunday 9 January - BBC Three
2430 - 2525: Music, Money & Hip Hop Honeys
Nel Hedayat investigates the controversial world of music videos and meets the girls who dream of dancing in them. Nel spends time with girls who are on the path to success, but also learns about the dark side of an industry where dancers chasing fame can leave themselves open to financial and sexual exploitation.

Sunday 9 January - BBC Four
2100 - 2200: Still Folk Dancing After All These Years
Young Northumbrian folk-singing siblings Rachel and Becky Unthank take a journey around England from spring to autumn 2010 to experience its living folk dance traditions in action. They lead us through the back gardens and narrow streets of towns and villages from Newcastle to Penzance to discover the most surprising of dances, ceremonies, rituals and festivities that mark the turning of the seasons and the passing of the year.


Next week; Mozart, Hugh Masekela and The Boss.
Take care of yourselves.



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