Music TV - April 14 - 20
More telvisual delights this week from Robert Plant, Thin Lizzy and Verdi.
Thursday 14 April - BBC Four
1930 - 2000: Top Of The Pops - 1976
Repeated: BBC Four - Saturday 2425
Classic Top of the Pops, as Dave Lee Travis introduces performances by Fox, Sailor, Smokie, Eric Carmen, the Stylistics and Brotherhood of Man from April 1976
Friday 15 April - BBC Two
2350 - 2450: Later… with Jools Holland
Repeated: BBC Two - Saturday 2335
Joining Jools for the second show of this series is Cee Lo Green, whose The Ladykiller album has gone platinum since his solo debut on Later last October. Plus legendary Canadian songwriter and guitarist, Robbie Robertson, formerly of The Band, with songs from his first album in a decade, How To Become Clairvoyant. Glasgow's Glasvegas return to perform songs from their second album, Euphoric /// Heartbreak \\\. From Lagos, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 - which sees the youngest son takes on the mantle of his legendary father Fela Kuti - with songs from the band's From Africa with Fury: Rise album. Plus there's chat with one of the true legends of funk, Bootsy Collins, who has played with both James Brown and George Clinton and whose latest album, Bootsy The Funk Capitol of the World appears to feature both Snoop Dogg and Jimi Hendrix. Also from Texas, singer songwriter Josh T. Pearson, former front man of the short lived band Lift to Experience, performs a track from his debut solo album 'Last of the Country Gentlemen'.
Friday 15 April - BBC Four
1930 - 2030: Opera Italia
This episode focuses on Verdi, whose operas are central to Pappano's conducting repertoire and the backbone of the international opera scene. It shows how Verdi's music was influenced by composers such as Bellini and particularly Donizetti, whose gothic masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor is explored with the help of soprano Diana Damrau.
2030 - 2100: Transatlantic Sessions
With songs by James Taylor, Julie Fowlis and Dan Tyminski, plus assorted instrumentals.
2100 - 2200: Robert Plant - By Myself
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2320
Documentary. Robert Plant discusses his musical journey from Stourbridge, the British blues boom, superstardom with Led Zeppelin in the 70s, to the Band of Joy album. He also looks at his work with The Honeydrippers and North African musicians, his reunion with Jimmy Page, and his pairing with Alison Krauss.
2200 - 2300: Robert Plant - Electric Proms
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2420
Robert Plant in performance at the Roundhouse with his new Band of Joy, featuring producer-guitarist Buddy Miller and harmony vocals from Patty Griffin. They perform songs from the hit album Band of Joy and reinterpret songs from Robert's past, including some Led Zeppelin classics. Also features a finale in which the Band of Joy are joined by the mass voices of the Oriana Choir.
2300 - 2330: Robert Plant on Later…
Tracing Robert Plant's solo career from the early 90s via his appearances on Later... With Jools Holland. Through a mix of performance and interviews, the programme sees Robert reunited with Jimmy Page and a Moroccan orchestra, teaming up with Tom Jones and Solomon Burke on the Hootenanny, playing with former band Strange Sensation and also with Alison Krauss.
2330 - 2430: Legends - Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation
Affectionate but honest portrait of Thin Lizzy, arguably the best hard rock band to come out of Ireland.
Sunday 17 April - BBC Four
2000 - 2100: The Vera Lynn Story
Sir David Frost interviews Dame Vera at her home in Sussex and hears about her extraordinary career. She talks revealingly about her childhood in London's East Ham; her days singing with the big bands of the 30s; her role as WW2's Forces Sweetheart and her successful post-war career.
2100 - 2220: Amazing Gracie - The Gracie Fields Story
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.
Tuesday 19 April - BBC Two
2200 - 2230: Later Live… with Jools Holland
Taking a break from acting to pursue a singing career with his blues album Let Them Talk - which features guests such as Dr John and Tom Jones - is Hugh Laurie, and from LA, performing their brand of livewired, straight-shootin', dirty-mouth'd pelvis-pushin' juke music, the band Vintage Trouble.
Making his television debut is east London's Maverick Sabre, performing pop tunes in a hip-hop and reggae style. Completing the line up is Brighton's Derek Meins, aka The Agitator, taking the protest song into the 21st century with a mix of political words and energetic drumming.
Next week; Elton John, the Bee Gees and George Martin.
Take care of yourselves.