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Music TV - January 27 - February 2

Rory Connolly Rory Connolly | 12:51 UK time, Thursday, 27 January 2011

Hello again,
Guitars take over the schedules this week as BBC Four celebrates Mark Knopfler and last year's excellent Story Of The Guitar series.


Thursday 27 January - BBC Three
2615 - 2710: Music, Money & Hip Hop Honeys
Repeated: BBC Three - Monday 2615
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.


Friday 28 January - BBC Four
1930 - 2030: Mozart at the Proms
Two memorable performances of Mozart concertos from the Proms in 2006, the year which marked the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth, played by two outstanding soloists. A teenage Julian Bliss deftly delivers a virtuoso display in the Clarinet Concerto and American pianist Richard Goode gives an insightful performance of Mozart's dramatic Piano Concerto No 23. Accompanying both soloists is the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jiri Belohlavek.

2030 - 2100: Transatlantic Sessions
Folk musicians come together in what have been called 'the greatest backporch shows ever'. Iris DeMent and Phil Cunningham are among the performers. There is also a piping duet from Scotland's Fred Morrison and Ireland's Michael McGoldrick with backing from Donal Lunny.

2100 - 2200: Mark Knopfler - A Life in Songs
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2330
Mark Knopfler talks about how these songs have defined him and how they have been influenced by his own life and roots. It features previously unseen photographs from his personal collection and comprehensive footage spanning his career from a struggling musician playing in pubs in Leeds in the 1970s, to the record-breaking success with Dire Straits and his current world tour as a solo artist.

2200 - 2310: Later… Presents Mark Knopfler
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2430
Jools Holland introduces a one-off studio session from Dire Straits lead singer Mark Knopfler. Featuring songs from his debut solo album Golden Heart, plus Dire Straits hits like Sultans of Swing, Brothers in Arms and Romeo and Juliet. Guests include Irish musicians Dónal Lunny, Máirtín O'Connor and Liam O'Flynn, Louisianna slide guitarist Sonny Landreth and Nashville steel guitarist Paul Franklin.


Carlos Santana



2310 - 2410: Guitar Heroes at the BBC
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2545
Compilation of 1970s BBC performances on shows from The Old Grey Whistle Test to Sight and Sound by such luminaries of the electric guitar as Carlos Santana, Mark Knopfler, The Edge and Peter Green, as well as acoustic masters like John Martyn, Pentangle and Paco Pena.

2510 - 2615: Imagine - Story of the Guitar - In The Beginning
Alan Yentob embarks on a three-part personal journey to discover how the guitar became the world's favourite musical instrument. Beginning with the rise of the acoustic guitar, the series takes him from an ancient Middle Eastern ancestor of the lute, to the iconic guitars draped round the necks of Bill Hailey and Elvis Presley and beyond. Featuring interviews with Bert Weedon - the man who taught Britain to 'Play in a Day', Pete Townshend, Bill Bailey, flamenco player Paco Pena and classical guitarist John Williams.

2615 - 2715: Imagine - Story of the Guitar - Out of the Frying Pan
As the guitar turns electric, music is changed for ever. The world's first electric guitar had nothing to do with jazz or blues, but Hawaiian-style music and was known as the 'frying pan'. Yentob continues his investigation from the blues of the Mississippi to the guitar wars of the 1950s, when the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul were battling for supremacy.

2715 - 2815: Imagine - Guitars - This Time it's Personal
In the final programme of the series the guitarists talk about how they find their own sound, and how the guitar has changed their lives. Since its invention, the electric guitar has unleashed a seemingly inexhaustible sonic invention among guitarists.
Featuring Muse's Matt Bellamy, who turns out to be following in his father's space age footsteps, Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath, who talks about the invention of heavy metal, David Gilmour from Pink Floyd, Pete Townshend (Perhaps equally famous for smashing guitars), Johnny Marr from the Smiths on 'the mother of all riffs', Slash and The Edge from U2 among many others.

Watch more exclusive interviews from the Guitars series on our Story Of The Guitar website

Wednesday 2 February - BBC Four

2300 - 2400: Shanties & Sea Songs with Gareth Malone
Gareth Malone travels Britain's coast to explore our hidden history of shanties and sea songs. In Portsmouth he meets a devoted shanty singer, before continuing on to Tyneside and the Yorkshire coast, where the Filey Fisherman's Choir are determined to keep the tradition alive. He gets an insight into the songs of the Herring Girls in Gardenstown, Scotland, while in Whitby he meets Kimber's Men.

Next week; Proms, Peter Green and Eric Clapton.
Take care of yourselves



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