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Episode 1

The story of the Monkees told through interviews with the three surviving band members and their friends, family and associates.

Back in 1966 the TV & pop worlds were shaken by the arrival of the Monkees, a post-Beatles, pre-boy band sensation who took the charts by storm, selling millions of records off the back of their hugely successful TV series.

The songs - I'm A Believer, Last Train To Clarksville, Daydream Believer and many more - were instant pop classics and the Monkees - Mike Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Davy Jones - were instant pop stars.

Except that they weren't. They were actors playing a part, pretending to be a band, miming on screen and singing over other people's music. But like Pinocchio, they wanted to be real and the puppets turned, wrestling control of their records from the hands of the TV moguls and striking out on their own, a path that led them to the Sgt Pepper recording sessions, to Jimi Hendrix, to avant garde film-making and to a completely unique type of stardom.

Now, 50 years later, the Monkees are back with a big hit album full of songs written for them by the likes of Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher & Andy Partridge of XTC, alongside Neil Diamond & Harry Nilsson.

In this two part series, the Monkees tell their own story with new, exclusive interviews with the 3 surviving band members, alongside their friends, family and associates.

57 minutes

Last on

Tue 19 Jul 2016 22:00

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Music Played

  • The Monkees

    Pleasant Valley Sunday

    • The Definitive Monkees.
    • Warner Strategic Market.
    • 1.
  • The Monkees

    Cuddly Toy

    • The Definitive Monkees.
    • Warner Strategic Market.
    • 4.
  • The Monkees

    Take A Giant Step

    • Classic Album Collection.
    • Rhino.
  • The Monkees

    Papa Gene's Blues

    • Classic Album Collection.
    • Rhino.
    • 5.
  • The Monkees

    (Theme From) The Monkees

    • The Monkees - The Collection.
    • Arista.
    • 1.
  • The Monkees

    Last Train To Clarksville

    • Delilah - Jukebox 60's Hits.
    • Old Gold.
    • 2.
  • The Monkees

    Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)

    • Clasic Album Collection.
    • Rhino.
    • 7.

Broadcast

  • Tue 19 Jul 2016 22:00