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It is 1989 and all-girl band Velveteens are high with excitement as they sign their first record deal. With Hannah Arterton.

It's 1989. All-girl band Velveteens are high on champagne and excitement as they sign their first record deal. Are they on the road to be wannabe flops or Top of the Pops?

In 2012, BBC Radio 2 broadcast a pilot music drama 'Shout to the Top', the brainchild of Jeff Smith with music industry veterans Louise Wener (Sleeper) and Roy Boulter (The Farm) drawing on their own experiences.

And so were born Velveteens, an all-girl band desperate to make it in the days before the digital revolution changed the music business forever.

Migrating to BBC Radio 4 / 4 Extra, the resulting series picks up the story as the band signs to a major record company. Now sharing a flat and with only pennies in their pockets, the three young members of the band embark on a roller coaster ride on the road to who-knows-where. Calling the shots is their new manager, Sam Shephurst.

Sylvie ..... Samantha Robinson
Beth ..... Anneika Rose
Rain ..... Hannah Arterton
Sam ..... Joe Absolom
Christy ..... Clare Corbett
Alec ..... Damian Lynch
Richard ..... Matthew Watson
Music directors ..... Brian Rawling and Marky Bates

Director: Toby Swift

First broadcast in five parts on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Mon 17 Sep 2018 01:00

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