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C4 is celebrating the Queens Birthday with a weekend dedicated to best that Britain has to offer! Joel Defries returns to our screens to host the top 100 Greatest British Anthems, plus we bring you encore screenings of The Brits ’08, the Spice Girls Reunion Special, Muse Live at Wembley and so much more….

Saturday May 31st

Spice Girls: Giving You Everything / 3.30pm

The story of the Spice Girls told by the Spice Girls – On the eve of their 2007 reunion tour the Spice Girls discuss all the highs and lows, the laughter and tears, from their pre-Spice Girls days to world domination, their break-up, the aftermath and now their reunion. Includes exclusive interviews and rare archive footage from around the globe.

The Brit Awards 2008 / 4:30pm

The 2008 Brit Awards – featuring performances by Leona Lewis, Kaiser Chiefs, Paul McCartney, Mark Ronson, Mika, Kylie, an epic joint performance by Rihanna and The Klaxons. Held at London’s Earls Court, and hosted by Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, with guest presenters Kelly Rowland, Britain’s very own Dr Who David Tennant, and Lord of the Rings star Ian McKellan and The Bionic Woman Michelle Ryan.

100 Great British Anthems / 6.30pm

(No100-51) Hosted By Joel DeFries and shot at iconic London locations.

Join Joel Defries as he takes you on a tour through London, and on a journey through the 100 GREATEST BRITISH ANTHEMS!

So grab yourself a pint, and get your Union Jacks out and Join this extravaganza with the best that British Music has to offer.

Brought to you over 2 days the countdown will feature songs from some of the best of the Brits, including Oasis, Queen, Robbie Williams, Duran Duran, Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Police, Sex Pistols and David Bowie.

Tonight – Let the Countdown Begin as we go from 100-51.

V Festival 2006 / 11pm

The 11th year for festival giants V sees the event back for another instalment of the best bands putting on the finest show for more than 60,000 festival fanatics in Britain.

The four stages will rock out over two days on two separate sites alongside the fun fairs, stalls and bars in one massive arena. Tonight’s special brings you all the highlights including performances by

Radiohead, Morrissey, Faithless, Keane, Bloc Party, The Magic Numbers, Razorlight and many more..

Sunday June 1st

The Who-The Kids Are Alright / 1am

The Kids Are Alright chronicles the development of The Who from angry young mod upstarts to worldwide arena rock icons. Director Jeff Stein (who was just 21 at the time) was given unlimited access to archives of The Who, occasionally butting heads with famously strong-willed guitarist/songwriter Pete Townsend over the direction of the film. It begins with the band’s famed guitar-smashing, 1967 American TV debut on The Smothers Brothers show and continues through Monterey Pop, Woodstock, and on into the 1970s as the band cements its “legend” status in the rock canon with such complex works as ‘Quadrophenia’.

The Clash-Westway To The World / 3.00am

This is the official story of The Clash. A documentary tracing the history of one of the most important British rock bands ever. For the first time Joe, Paul, Mick and Topper talk openly about the eight explosive years of their existence.

This film contains unseen archive footage as well as wall-to-wall music including rehearsals and early demos. Sadly, in December 2002, Joe Strummer, punk pioneer and founding member of the Clash passed away, leaving behind a legacy that will remain an influence on future modern rock music.

In 2003 The Clash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and were presented with a Grammy Award -a fitting tribute to their founder.

Mika – KoKo London / 12pm

Mika performs live from KoKo in London –singing the hits from his double platinum selling debut album ‘Life in Cartoon Motion’ Mika never fails to hit every note as he belts out ‘Billy Brown’, ‘Stuck In The Middle’ and ‘My Interpretation’ along with his recent hits such as ‘Love Today’.

Muse Live at Wembley / 1pm

Muse play the biggest gigs of their lives at Wembley Stadium in London . Recorded in June 2007 Muse makes their mark with an epic performance and massive stage show solidifying their reputation as one of the best live act ever.

Glastonbury 2007 / 1.30pm

Recorded over 3 nights, tonight’s special brings you all the highlights from the world biggest and best live rock festival, Glastonbury 2007; With legendary performances by Arctic Monkeys, Björk, The Killers, Iggy & The Stooges, The Who and Chemical Brothers and many more…

100 Great British Anthems – Hosted By Joel DeFries, shot at iconic London locations / 4.30pm (50-1)

In the final of the Great British Anthems, we continue the tour around London with Joel and conclude the countdown to bring you the Greatest British Anthem.

So grab yourself a pint, and get your Union Jacks out and join this extravaganza with the best that British Music has to offer.

The countdown will feature songs from some of the best of the Brits, including Oasis, Queen, Robbie Williams, Duran Duran, Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Police, Sex Pistols and David Bowie.

Tonight – We finish off the countdown, going from number 50 to the number 1 anthem.

The Sunday Night Movie: Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels / 8.30pm

Cockney boys Tom, Soap, Eddie, and Bacon are in a bind; they owe seedy criminal and porn king “Hatchet” Harry a sizable amount of cash after Eddie loses half a million in a rigged game of poker. Hot on their tails is a thug named Big Chris who intends to send them all to the hospital if they don’t come up with the cash in the allotted time. Add into the mix an incompetent set of ganja cultivators, two dimwitted robbers, a “madman” with an afro, and a ruthless band of drug dealers and you have an astonishing movie called Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Before the boys can blink, they are caught up in a labyrinth of double-crosses that lead to a multitude of dead bodies, copious amounts of drugs, and two antique rifles.

Starring Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran

Amy Winehouse- Live at the Shepherds Bush Empire/ 10.30pm

Hot from her triumph at this year’s Brit Awards where she won Best British Female in a tough field, Amy Winehouse performs live at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. This amazing concert features songs from her current hit album, ‘Back To Black’, and 2003’s Mercury Music Prize nominated album, ‘Frank’.

Isle Of Wight 2006 / 11.30pm

The biggest music festival of the year, the Isle Of Wight 2006 is 3 days of performances from some of the biggest names in music, including Coldplay on one of their final dates of their world tour, The Prodigy and Placebo, and a rare UK appearance by Lou Reed. Plus Goldfrapp, Primal Scream, The Proclaimers, Editors, Richard Ashcroft, Dirty Pretty Things, Maximo Park, Kubb, Procol Harum and many more.

Monday 02/06

Isle Of Wight 2007 / 2.30am

Recorded over 3 days, the Isle of Wight Festival 2007 has a line-up as fantastic as its surroundings. Performed at Seaclose Park, the festival brings together some of the best live acts around today. The biggest selling band of 2006, Snow Patrol, and ‘Best Live Act Brit Award’ winners Muse provide headline performances. Joining them are a host of other performers such as ‘Best British Female Brit Award’ winner Amy Winehouse and industry newcomers Paolo Nutini, Wolfmother plus many more.

Great British Anthems / 10am (R)

(100-1) Hosted By Joel DeFries and shot at iconic London locations.

It’s the Queens Observed Birthday, and to celebrate, we’re observing the Great British Anthem Countdown. Today we go all the way from 100 down to number 1!

Join Joel DeFries as he takes you on a tour through London, and on a journey through the 100 GREATEST BRITISH ANTHEMS!

So grab yourself a pint, and get your Union Jacks out and Join this extravaganza with the best that British Music has to offer.

Brought to you over 2 days the countdown will feature songs from some of the best of the Brits, including Oasis, Queen, Robbie Williams, Duran Duran, Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Police, Sex Pistols and David Bowie.

Who’s the funniest person on C4?
I was trying to answer this question myself and couldn’t come up with an answer.
The shows like MXC, American Dad, Family Guy are hillarious, but I can’t help but change channels or hit mute when the presenters do their segue thing.
Except for Helena. She’s nice.

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Bogan Weekend

On March 22nd and 23rd the biggest names in rock music will be performing at Rock 2 Wellington, including Poison, Alice Cooper , Kiss, Whitesnake, Lordi and Ozzy Osbourne. To celebrate C4 brings you Bogan Weekend, 2 days of Rock music programming, sure to get you head-banging in-front of the box!

The search is over!

The winners of Fresh Up and C4’s Awesome Adventure competition are Sam (20) and Drew (23) – from Paekakariki on the Kapiti Coast. Sam and Drew are hitting the road with Dai Henwood this month along with a C4 crew and of course heaps of Fresh Up to live out their O for Awesome Adventure – which will screen on C4 in December! Many of the details about the trip are being kept hush hush… but we’re sure they’ll include the boys seemingly very special talent of”sand flipping” and “bombing hills”. All will be revealed…

This past Sunday on C4’s “U Choose 40” they showed 40 music video’s which were “Banned In The U.S.A.”. Now many of these were “banned” after 9/11 and here is the list of songs deemed inappropriate after the attacks, as listed on Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_deemed_inappropriate_by_Clear_Channel_following_the_September_11%2C_2001_attacks

Now whats interesting by this is that according to the Wiki entry, they weren’t in fact banned, but were listed for radio stations to use as a guide following the NYC attacks.

Now while there might be some that were actually banned for whatever reason, those that made the list and were played on Sunday weren’t actually banned, but served as a guide as to what station shouldn’t play following 9/11 as I indicated above.

On 7/7/7 one of the world’s biggest music events ever will take place. Named “Live Earth”, the aim is to promote action to confront global warming through a series of 11 concerts around the world with 150 of the biggest names in the music industry today performing including:

Akon
Alicia Keys
Beastie Boys
Black Eyed Peas
Bloc Party
Bon Jovi
Corinne Bailey Rae
Crowded House
Damien Rice
Dave Matthews Band
David Gray
Duran Duran
Eskimo Joe

Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
Fall Out Boy
Foo Fighters
Genesis
Jack Johnson
James Blunt
John Legend
John Mayer
Joss Stone
Kanye West
Katie Melua
Keane
Kelly Clarkson
KT Tunstall
Linkin Park
Ludacris

Madonna
Melissa Etheridge
Missy Higgins
Paul Kelly
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rihanna
Roger Waters
Shakira
Sheryl Crow
Snoop Dogg
Snow Patrol
The John Butler Trio
The Police
The Smashing Pumpkins
UB40

The concerts will air on C4.

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C4 goes 24 hours

From July 7th, music channel C4 will broadcast 24/7 on Freeview and Sky Digital.

C4 began today at midday and not it’s regular time of 2pm, so with it being on Freeview and in widescreen (as of today on both digital platforms), does anyone know if this means C4 is now going 24/7?

From April 11, 2007, both TV3 and C4 will be moving to widescreen (16×9) on satellite (SKY and FreeView when it launches) and changing to 13×9 on UHF and VHF (over the air) transmitters.

They will be the first Free-to-Air broadcaster to go widescreen and dvt.co.nz reports that “this should create interest from all viewers with widescreen TVs as their screens will be now filled with properly proportioned images.”

It is also rumoured that the 3 News revamp reported by the NZ Herald was misleading, with perhaps only minor changes planned to help the widescreen transition.

C4’s weekend music show has started showing a lot more old music videos. It wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t nearly every second song. Also, a few decades of music is a big back catalogue. If you’re going to play old songs you wouldn’t think you’d see the same ones week after week. I appreciate some Classic Hits listeners wouldn’t have access to J2 and may like those old songs – but is that really C4’s demographic? That said, apparently changing to a MOR format has done wonders for The Rock radio station. Not happy about that either.

Moan over. What does everyone else think?