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Donny Osmond

Episode 2 of 2

56 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 31 December 2012

It's 1972. If you're a teenage girl, there is just one question: Donny or David? Because, as Jackie, the now iconic teenage magazine understood, you were true to one idol or the other. Now, journalist and broadcaster Nina Myskow, the former editor of Jackie, marks 40 years since Britain first fell for Donny Osmond and David Cassidy, both of whom had their first UK solo hits that year.

On consecutive evenings, these two programmes recreate the magic of the teenybop era and trace the path the stars' lives have since taken. The shows are underpinned by new, in-depth conversations with Myskow, who interviewed both artists in their heyday. The love affairs they started with the UK, 40 years ago, continue to this day: David visited the UK for shows in November, while Donny brings his full Las Vegas show with sister Marie here in January 2013.

In two lively slices of pop and social history, Nina examines the lives of the friendly rivals who became the poster boys of 70s pop, with vivid illustration from archive radio footage and the hits of that extraordinary era. The second idol in the spotlight is Donny Osmond. Nina recalls how Donny, already a US star with his brothers, soon followed David into the UK chart and the hearts of his young admirers with the summer hit of 72, Puppy Love.

Donny self-effacingly describes his affectionately competitive relationship with Marie, his memories about those early British visits, and remembers how he donned a false moustache and wig to go on a date with his now wife (choosing the less than private location of an airport to meet her). We also find out how seeing a keepsake of those times moves him literally to tears.


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