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Only Yesterday: The Carpenters Story

Documentary about brother and sister duo The Carpenters, one of the biggest-selling pop acts of the 1970s, but one with a destructive and complex secret that ended in tragedy.

The Carpenters were one of the biggest selling pop artists of the 1970s, but what seemed on the surface as the perfect, wholesome brother and sister duo hid a destructive complex truth that was unknown to the world.

Featuring behind the scenes footage, interviews with brother Richard, family and friends, this documentary traces the story that ended in tragedy with sister Karen's untimely death aged just 32.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 5 Jan 2019 01:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00

    Carpenters

    Superstar 

  • 00:00

    Carpenters

    We've Only Just Begun 

  • 00:00

    Carpenters

    Top Of The World 

  • 00:00

    Carpenters

    Yesterday Once More 

  • 00:01

    Carpenters

    Only Yesterday 

  • 00:01

    Carpenters

    We've Only Just Begun

  • 00:02

    Les Paul & Mary Ford

    The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise

  • 00:03

    Carpenters

    Do You Know The Way To San Jose 

  • 00:03

    Carpenters

    We've Only Just Begun

  • 00:05

    The Beach Boys

    Surfin' USA

  • 00:07

    Carpenters

    Iced Tea

  • 00:08

    Richard Carpenter

    Dancing In The Street

  • 00:08

    Carpenters

    You'll Love Me 

  • Carpenters

    All I Can Do

  • 00:09

    The Mamas & the Papas

    California Dreaming 

  • 00:11

    Carpenters

    Don't Be Afraid 

  • 00:11

    Led Zeppelin

    Whole Lotta Love

  • 00:12

    Carpenters

    Ticket To Ride 

  • 00:14

    Carpenters

    (They Long to Be) Close To You 

  • 00:19

    Richard Carpenter

    Medley: Sing 

  • 00:20

    Carpenters

    For All We Know 

  • 00:22

    Carpenters

    Rainy Days And Mondays 

  • 00:23

    Carpenters

    Superstar 

  • 00:26

    Carpenters

    Only Yesterday 

  • 00:28

    Bing Crosby

    Rhythm On The River 

  • 00:28

    Richard Carpenter

    Goodbye To Love 

  • 00:30

    Carpenters

    Top Of The World 

  • 00:32

    Craig Armstrong

    In My Own Words 

  • 00:35

    Carpenters

    Please Mr Postman 

  • 00:38

    Carpenters

    There's A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World) 

  • 00:40

    Carpenters

    Love Is Surrender 

  • 00:42

    Carpenters

    Fun Fun Fun 

  • 00:42

    Carpenters

    I Got Rhythm 

  • 00:43

    Karen Carpenter

    This Masquerade 

  • 00:43

    Karen Carpenter

    My Funny Valentine 

  • 00:44

    Karen Carpenter

    My Body Keeps Changing My Mind 

  • 00:47

    Carpenters

    Those Good Old Dreams 

  • 00:49

    Carpenters

    Top Of The World 

  • 00:50

    Carpenters

    Touch Me When We're Dancing 

  • Richard Carpenter

    A Song for You

Credits

Role Contributor
Producer Samantha Peters
Executive Producer Mark Cooper

Broadcasts

BBC Music: The Carpenters

BBC Music: The Carpenters

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