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The Alternative John Williams

Duration: 12:02

In the interval feature actor Ian McDiarmid – Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars films – looks at the alternative John Williams, shining a light on the composer's early Hollywood work, his lesser known – but no less acclaimed – film scores, and his conducting work with the Boston Pops.

With contributions from friends, colleagues and peers including Andre Previn, Keith Lockhart and Rob Marshall, Ian will show that there’s more to the work of John Williams than just sharks, spaceships and sorcery.

Available since: Mon 17 Dec 2012

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Friday Night is Music Night Happy Birthday John Williams!

A special concert celebrating the music of composer John Williams in his 80th year.

First broadcast: 14 Dec 2012

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