Music TV - March 31 - April 6
We take a look back at the great days of Top Of The Pops this week.
Friday 1 April - BBC Four
1930 - 2030: Sacred Music 1 - Episode 2
Simon Russell Beale uncovers the links between the papal intrigues of Renaissance Rome and the music of the enigmatic Palestrina, whose work is considered by many to be unsurpassed in its spiritual perfection. The art and architecture of the Italian High Renaissance are accompanied by a performance from the award-winning choir The Sixteen, conducted by founder Harry Christophers.
== TOP OF THE POPS NIGHT ==
2030 - 2200: Big Hits - TOTP 1964 to 1975
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2550
1964 saw the birth of a very British institution. Spanning over four decades, Top of the Pops has produced many classic moments in pop culture. Digging deep within the darkest depths of the BBC's archive, this compilation offers some memorable performances from 1964 through to 1975.
2200 - 2250: Top Of The Pops - The Story Of 1976
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2500
The nation grew up with Top of the Pops and it was always a talking point, but 35 years ago a particular kind of Top of the Pops programme and tone held sway. This documentary explores Top of the Pops in 1976 - as a barometer of the state of pop and light entertainment TV. It celebrates the power of the programme and observes British society of the mid 70s, British TV and the British pop scene. In 1976, glam was over and nothing had replaced it - the charts belonged to Showaddywaddy, Brotherhood of Man and the Wurzels, all to be found on Top of the Pops hosted by the Radio 1 DJs. If you wanted rock you looked to the Old Grey Whistle Test, while outside the charts a new scene was rumbling.
2250 - 2320: Top Of The Pops - 1976
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2720
Classic Top of the Pops performances from 1976, featuring Abba, the Brotherhood of Man, the Beatles, Fox, Tarney & Spencer, John Miles, Diana Ross, Sailor and Pan's People
2320 - 2420: Top Of The Pops - The True Story
Jamie Theakston presents the history of Britain's best-loved music show, spanning four decades of great music and including archive footage of classic performances and backstage antics. As well as interviews with former presenters, such as Jimmy Savile and John Peel, there are also contributions from artists who have appeared on the show, including Pan's People, Robin Gibb, Noddy Holder, Blondie, Holly Johnson, Suggs, Noel Gallagher, Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams.
2420 - 2520: When The Stranglers Met Roland Rat
Documentary which goes in search of the colliding worlds of pop and kids' TV, including the embarrassing moments, strange kids and bizarre incidents that illuminated the many facets of the genre. With interviews from past programme makers, presenters, pop stars and record company executives, including Sarah Greene, Mike Read, Stephen Gately, Tommy Boyd, Searchers and Emma Forbes.
Saturday 2 April - BBC Two
2100 - 2200: Goldie's Band - By Royal Appointment
Three-part series which follows drum and bass pioneer Goldie on a personal mission to discover young people whose talent and passion for music are at the centre of their lives.
Saturday 2 April - BBC Three
2000 - 2100: Pop's Greatest Dance Crazes
Robert Webb continues his top 50 countdown of the hippest, sexiest, quirkiest and campest dance crazes of the last 40 years.
2100 - 2200: Pop's Greatest Dance Crazes
Robert Webb concludes his countdown of the hippest, sexiest, quirkiest and campest dance crazes of the last 40 years.
Tuesday 5 April - BBC Two
2200 - 2230: Later Live… with Jools Holland
Joining Jools in the studio for the first episode of an eight-week run are Elbow, who return to the show fresh from their March stadium tour of the UK, supporting their fifth studio album Build a Rocket Boys! - the follow-up to their breakthrough big seller and Mercury Prize-winning The Seldom Seen Kid from 2008. From Greater Manchester - although now London-based - come Liam Gallagher's five-piece Beady Eye, emerging from the shadow of Oasis to make their Later debut with songs from their first album Different Gear, Still Speeding. Also making her Later debut is the Brian Eno-championed and BBC Sound of 2011 finalist Anna Calvi, leading her trio with her guitar with bluesy, noirish songs from her self-titled debut.
Returning to the show fresh from bandleading Mick Jagger's tribute to Solomon Burke at the Grammys is Raphael Saadiq, retro-soul king and former leader of nu-soul classicists Tony!Toni!Tone! with songs from his latest solo album Stone Rollin'. Plus introducing Sweden's The Tallest Man on Earth aka solo artist Kristian Matsson, with his Dylanesque delivery and formidable acoustic guitar picking.
Next week; Neil Diamond, Krautrock and more from Jools.
Take care of yourselves.