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BBC FOUR Autumn 2005
Bob Dylan - No Direction Home

BBC FOUR - Autumn highlights 2005

The Bob Dylan Season


Bob Dylan, unquestionably one of the most revered and influential musicians of the past century, is celebrated this autumn on BBC FOUR with a season of new and archive films exploring his life and work.


Programming accompanies the Martin Scorsese two-part film No Direction Home – Bob Dylan airing as an Arena special on BBC TWO on 26 and 27 September.


Dylan in the Madhouse


Remarkably, Dylan's first ever televised performance of his seminal hit Blowin' in the Wind was on a BBC play called Madhouse on Castle Street.


Dylan in the Madhouse tracks 21-year-old Dylan's first ever visit to London in 1962 to take part in the BBC play as the young anti-hero.


The play has been wiped but his song recordings have been discovered by detective collectors who have dedicated their lives to the recovery of Dylan material.


Although they exist only in crude audio, these are the rarest Dylan recordings that exist.


Arena brings them back to the BBC after 43 years of lying in an attic.


Dylan in the Madhouse also features members of the production team vividly recalling the making of the play and its impact, plus contributions from folk singers Peggy Seeger and Martin Carthy.


Dylan's Legends


From the American folk singer Woody Guthrie to boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, several of Dylan's songs capture his fascination with the stories and lives of great American characters.


Dylan's Legends uses specially-shot material and archive to recreate the events that inspired Dylan to write the songs Hurricane for the boxing hero; Lenny Bruce for the pioneering comic; Blind Willie McTell for Blues legend Willie McTell; and Song for Woody for his folk idol.


Talking Bob Dylan Blues


A tribute concert co-produced with the Barbican, Talking Bob Dylan Blues features a broad array of singer-songwriters, bands and artists from the UK and the US inspired by the writing of Dylan.


The show celebrates Dylan's songs, his influence, his guitar playing and his delivery.


Artists performing include Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Liam Clancy, Robyn Hitchcock, K T Tunstall, Odetta, Willy Mason and Razorlight.


Accompanying archive films include Pennebaker's 1967 portrait of Bob Dylan Don't Look Back; The Last Waltz, Scorsese's film about Dylan's band; and Highway 61 Revisited from Arena's Tales of Rock and Roll series in 1993.


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