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Britpop Night on BBC FOUR - Tuesday 16 August

Category: BBC FOUR; Factual & Arts TV

Date: 18.07.2005
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In August 1995 Blur and Oasis were engaged in a head-to-head chart battle which divided music fans and led to a wider argument about the soul of Britpop.


On Tuesday 16 August, BBC FOUR marks the tenth anniversary of this infamous chart battle with Britpop Night.


John Harris, journalist and author of a definitive study of the Britpop era, sets the scene with The Britpop Story (8.30-9.00pm), a documentary which includes contributions from Blur's Graham Coxon, Elastica's Justine Frischmann, and the founder of Creation records, Alan McGee.


Britpop Now (9.00-9.45pm) provides an aural snapshot of the era, with a compilation of live performances, presented by Damon Albarn, which originally broadcast on BBC TWO exactly ten years ago (on 16 August 1995).


Britpop Now billed "a new generation of British guitar pop bands", namely Blur, Pulp, Supergrass, Elastica and Menswear - some of whom have proved more enduring than others.


Live Forever (9.45-11.10pm), John Dower's funny and revealing 2003 film, captures both the music and the cultural phenomenon which embraced music, film, art and fashion.


It tells the story of a new Labour Government who seized upon "Cool Britannia" and used it to rebrand the country.


Mike Connolly's observational film, No Sleep Till Sheffield: Pulp Go Public (11.10-11.45pm), follows Jarvis Cocker's band on their 1995 British tour, which culminates in a triumphant homecoming to Sheffield City Hall and shows Pulp confronting stardom with a mixture of bewilderment and style.


Finally, in Later Presents Stanley Road Revisited (12.15-1.15am) Paul Weller reflects on the album he considers his "best solo work", with archive live performances and contributions from Noel Gallagher and the artist Peter Blake.




Category: BBC FOUR; Factual & Arts TV

Date: 18.07.2005
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