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Rory Connolly Rory Connolly | 12:43 UK time, Thursday, 10 March 2011

Good afternoon,
TV highlights this week come in the form of Chris Rodley's fantastic Blues Britannia documentary, and another chance to look back at the history of Island Records in Keep On Running. Enjoy;

Thursday 10 March - BBC Four
2300 - 2430: O, Fortuna!
A portrait of Carl Orff, who composed one of the most recorded works ever, Carmina Burana. But what is the true story of how this extraordinary work came about, and in particular the twisted and agonised life of its creator?

John Lee Hooker by Val Wilmer

John Lee Hooker by Val Wilmer

Friday 11 March - BBC Four
2100 - 2230: Blues Britannia
Repeated - BBC Four - Sunday 2335
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 interview highlights from Keith Richards and Mick Fleetwood, and flick through a gallery of celebrated Blues photograher Val Wilmer's memories on the Blues Britannia website.

2230 - 2330: Blues on Later
Repeated - BBC Four - Sunday 2505
Compilation of performances from many of the great blues artists who have featured on Later... and the Hootenanny since 1992, including BB King, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Seasick Steve, ZZ Top and many more.



2330 - 2430: Blues at the BBC
Repeated - BBC Four - Sunday 2605
Collection of performances by British and American blues artists on BBC programmes such as The Beat Room, A Whole Scene Going, The Old Grey Whistle Test and The Late Show. Includes the seminal slide guitar of Son House, the British R&B of The Kinks, the unmistakable electric sound of BB King and Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker, as well as less-familiar material from the likes of Delaney and Bonnie, Freddie King and Long John Baldry.

Saturday 12 March - BBC Three
2030 - 2330: Pop's Greatest Dance Crazes
Robert Webb hosts a top fifty countdown of the hippest, sexiest, quirkiest and campest dance crazes of the last forty years.

Saturday 12 March - BBC Four
2330 - 2430: Island at the BBC
Compilation of performances from the BBC archives of top Island Records artists, including Cat Stevens's Father and Son, Roxy Music's Do the Strand, Stir It Up by Bob Marley and the Wailers, Steel Pulse, U2, PJ Harvey, Baaba Maal and Amy Winehouse.

2430 - 2600: Keep on Running: 50 Years of Island Records
Damian Lewis-narrated documentary telling the colourful story of Island Records, the Jamaican-founded record label built by maverick boss Chris Blackwell which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009.

Next week; Placido Domingo, Christy Moore and Stiff Records.
Take care of yourselves


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