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9:35pm Monday, March 12 on Prime

Documentary

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne – Part One

Emerging from a working class family in war-torn England, Osbourne and his neighbourhood friends formed Black Sabbath and invented heavy metal. For ten years, Ozzy was happy to feed the myth of the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Wildman’, living a life that was extreme even by the most bacchanalian standards of his chosen profession. The life worked for a while, but then it began to back-fire. He lost his family, his wife, even his livelihood when Black Sabbath fired him. The glamour had been leached away and the fun had faded. What was left was an alcoholic with a death sentence. Featuring interviews with his brothers and sisters, as well as Jack, Sharon, Aimee and Kelly Osbourne, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne is about the intoxicating rush of success and the redemption that comes from pulling away from the very thing that made you successful.

With never-before-seen footage uncovered from the archives and interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Tommy Lee, Henry Rollins and others, it is the first documentary to take viewers inside the mind and psyche of a legendary and timeless cultural figure.

9:30pm Monday, March 5 on Prime

Documentary

Wish You Were Here: The Making Of The Pink Floyd Album

This is the story of the making of the Pink Floyd album “Wish You Were Here” told by the actual people who made it happen, from the musicians and producers to the designers, photographers and studio engineers. It was a process at times tortured and hanging on a thread, at times sublime and almost magical. It was a creative process that culminated in the now famous sessions at London’s Abbey Road studios and gave the world a unique and iconic album. When it was released EMI could not make enough copies to meet the demand for this album from one of the world’s most influential bands, an album both perfectly ahead of its time and still relevant and influential today both technically and musically.

9:35pm Monday, February 27 on Prime

Documentary

Wish You Were Here: The Making Of The Pink Floyd Album

This is the story of the making of the Pink Floyd album “Wish You Were Here” told by the actual people who made it happen, from the musicians and producers to the designers, photographers and studio engineers. It was a process at times tortured and hanging on a thread, at times sublime and almost magical. It was a creative process that culminated in the now famous sessions at London’s Abbey Road studios and gave the world a unique and iconic album. When it was released EMI could not make enough copies to meet the demand for this album from one of the world’s most influential bands, an album both perfectly ahead of its time and still relevant and influential today both technically and musically.

9:35pm Monday, February 20 on Prime

Documentary

Mr Mojo Risin’: The Story Of L.A. Woman

By the end of the sixties, The Doors had found themselves at the forefront of a movement that consisted of a generation of discontents. Operating against a backdrop of the Vietnam War and of social unrest and change in the USA, the Doors were hip, dangerous and anti-establishment. Jim Morrison and the band were on the radar of ‘authority’ that seemed to be just waiting for transgressions upon which they could pounce. This was to come to fruition at an explosive gig in Miami that has subsequently passed into folklore. Pushing the audience and the police to their limits, Jim was eventually arrested on various charges including incitement and indecent exposure.

Unable to tour following the Miami incident, the Doors went into the studio to start recording what would be the last album to feature Jim Morrison: L.A. Woman. L.A.Woman reached number 9 on the Billboard Chart. The song “L.A.Woman”, the centrepiece to the album, is a masterpiece. There were two hit singles: “Love Her Madly” and “Riders On The Storm”. L.A.Woman is considered by many as one of The Doors’ finest achievements. Featuring exclusive interviews with band members Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Kreiger, plus Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, their manager at the time Bill Siddons, and their closest colleagues and collaborators – along with exclusive performances, archival footage and examination of the original multi-track recording tapes with Producer Bruce Botnick – this film tells the amazing story of this landmark album by one of the most influential bands on the planet.

9:30pm Monday, December 19 on Prime

Documentary

Told in big themes and bold colours with blistering sound, Pearl Jam Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam: part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, part testimonial to the power of music and uncompromising artists. Carved from more than 1,200 hours of rare and previously unseen footage, live performances and recent interviews, the film chronicles the years leading up to Pearl Jam’s formation, their rise to fame, and the chaos that ensued soon thereafter.

Academy Award winning director Cameron Crowe has assembled the best-of-the-best from Pearl Jam’s past and present in a compelling narrative that recreates the visceral feeling of what it is to love music and feel it deeply. After twenty years, nine best-selling albums, 60 million record sales worldwide and thousands of live performances across the globe, Pearl Jam has a devoted fan base often compared to music legends like The Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen and The Who, propelling them into superstardom and solidifying their position as one of the biggest, most magnetic touring acts in the world.

9:30pm Monday, December 12 on Prime

Documentary

December 8, 2010, is a day people will remember all their lives, a watershed moment in our recent history, like the death of Kennedy or Diana. It was also the real end of the Beatles, when the world finally had to accept that the band which revolutionised pop music and defined an era would never get back together. The Day John Lennon Died looks at the effect his tragic death had on the world and at the continuing influence of one of the major musicians and creative forces of the 20th century. Using radio, TV and news reports and the personal memories of people whose lives John touched, the story of John’s final day will be intercut with interviews with many of those who knew him and were close to him, as well as with big names of then and now about their memories of that day – where they were, how they got the news, how it unfolded and what it meant to them then and continues to mean today.

Chief among these is John’s widow, Yoko Ono, who asked that the programme should use as much of John’s music in the film as possible. Other interviewees include Sir David Frost, Cilla Black, Dick Cavett, Gerry Marsden and Liam Gallagher, who talk about John’s influence on them and on the world.

9:30pm Monday, December 5 on Prime

Documentary

One Night Only

Guaranteed to be the hottest ticket in town, Duran Duran: One Night Only captures this multi award-winning band as they perform at ITV’s London studios before a live audience. Having exploded onto the charts in 1981, Duran Duran, were quick to make history with the first-ever extended music video, that they made to accompany the 12″ dance mix of ‘Girls On Film’. Their second album, ‘Rio’, kept the band at the top of the charts with hits such as ‘Hungry Like The Wolf,’ ‘Save A Prayer’ and ‘Rio’, whilst the band broke new ground with the spectacular videos they were creating on location around the world. With exclusive, never-before-seen archive footage, and in-depth interviews with each of the band members, this documentary will provide viewers with a unique perspective on the band and their music; from the early years, when their photographs graced teenagers’ bedroom walls around the world, and the hysteria and mayhem that followed them day and night, to the present day.

Monday 28th November 10.00pm

Documentary Series

From Led Zeppelin to The Rolling Stones, Elvis to Madonna, Bob Dylan to Bob Marley, John Lennon to Johnny Rotten, the world’s foremost rock ‘n’ roll photographer Bob Gruen has captured half a century of music through the eye of a lens. In this landmark documentary series, Grammy award-winning filmmaker Don Letts explores Bob’s life and work as he opens up his amazing archive on television for the very first time. Revealing the remarkable stories behind some of the most iconic photographs ever taken, Bob gives an insight into the personalities behind the images and shares his memories of wild times spent with rock ‘n’ roll stars. Tonight’s finale episode features Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop and Billie Joe Armstrong.

9:30pm Monday, November 28 on Prime

Documentary Series

This series is dedicated to some of the most iconic and creative video makers and artists of the last 30 years. Tonight’s finale focuses on the work of visionary director Kevin Godley. Featuring Sting, Bono, The Edge, Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, and Paul McCartney.

Monday 21st November 10.00pm

Documentary Series

From Led Zeppelin to The Rolling Stones, Elvis to Madonna, Bob Dylan to Bob Marley, John Lennon to Johnny Rotten, the world’s foremost rock ‘n’ roll photographer Bob Gruen has captured half a century of music through the eye of a lens. In this landmark documentary series, Grammy award-winning filmmaker Don Letts explores Bob’s life and work as he opens up his amazing archive on television for the very first time. Revealing the remarkable stories behind some of the most iconic photographs ever taken, Bob gives an insight into the personalities behind the images and shares his memories of wild times spent with rock ‘n’ roll stars. Tonight’s episode features interviews with Deborah Harry, Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper.