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9:30pm Monday, November 21 on Prime

Documentary Series

Russell Mulcahy

This series is dedicated to some of the most iconic and creative video makers and artists of the last 30 years. Russell Mulcahy, Wayne Isham, Kevin Godley, Steve Barron, and Andy Morahan made some of the most celebrated and watched videos of the 80’s. If an artist sold records, these guys made the videos that MTV played. From A-Ha to ZZ Top, these creative pioneers rewrote the rule book. By mixing the original videos with the artists’ stories and also the views and tales from the directors, we reveal the genius, madness, excesses and ideas from a time when music video ruled the world. Each episode focuses on one director and their work. Tonight the focus is on the work of Russell Mulcahy, featuring Bonnie Tyler, Mick Fleetwood, Duran Duran and Kim Carnes.

Monday 14th 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, as well as intimate and tragic recollections of his close friendship with John Lennon. Tonight’s episode features interviews with Bob’s friends Yoko Ono and Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day.

9:30pm Monday, November 14 on Prime

Documentary Series

Wayne Isham

This series is dedicated to some of the most iconic and creative video makers and artists of the last 30 years. Russell Mulcahy, Wayne Isham, Kevin Godley, Steve Barron, and Andy Morahan made some of the most celebrated and watched videos of the 80’s. If an artist sold records, these guys made the videos that MTV played. From A-Ha to ZZ Top, these creative pioneers rewrote the rule book. By mixing the original videos with the artists’ stories and also the views and tales from the directors, we reveal the genius, madness, excesses and ideas from a time when music video ruled the world. Each episode focuses on one director and their work, and tonight the focus is on Wayne Isham, featuring Lars Ulrich, Richie Sambora, Sebastian Bach and Judas Priest

Monday 7th 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.

9:30pm Monday, November 7 on Prime

David Mallet

This series is dedicated to some of the most iconic and creative video makers and artists of the last 30 years. David Mallet, Russell Mulcahy, Wayne Isham, Kevin Godley, Steve Barron, and Andy Morahan made some of the most celebrated and watched videos of the 80’s. If an artist sold records, these guys made the videos that MTV played. From A-Ha to ZZ Top, these creative pioneers rewrote the rule book. By mixing the original videos with the artists’ stories and also the views and tales from the directors, we reveal the genius, madness, excesses and ideas from a time when music video ruled the world. Each episode focuses on one director and their work, and tonight the focus is on David Mallet.

9:30pm Monday, October 31 on Prime

Documentary

From The Sky Down

Twenty years ago, Bono described Achtung Baby as “the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree”, while Jon Pareles of the New York Times wrote “stripped-down and defying its old formulas, U2 has given itself a fighting chance for the 1990s”. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance and became one of the most significant records of the 1990s and of U2’s career. U2 returned to Hansa Studios in Berlin with Academy Award winning director Davis Guggenheim in early 2011. David Guggenheim stated “In the terrain of rock bands – implosion or explosion is seemingly inevitable.

U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction; this band has endured and thrived. The movie From the Sky Down asks the question why.” Featuring interviews, stories and unseen footage from Berlin and Dublin, U2’s From the Sky Down follows a tumultuous time in the band’s career and shows how Bono, guitarist the Edge, drummer Larry Mullen Jr. and bassist Adam Clayton got back on track to create one of the biggest selling albums of all time.

9:30pm Monday, October 24 on Prime

Documentary

Picture This

With iconic singer Debbie Harry at the helm, and a string of hit singles, American rock band Blondie spent the late 1970s becoming one of the biggest pop acts on the planet. 20 years later, after splits and solo careers, they found themselves back at the top of the charts once more. From the grimy underworld of the New York punk scene to sell-out concerts and superstardom, Debbie Harry and Blondie guitarist Chris Stein reveal what life was really like being a part of o ne of the biggest bands of the era. Featuring classic Blondie performances from the BBC archive (much of it never seen outside the UK before) and a new, revealing interview from Chris and Debbie, Picture This is the very best of Blondie.

9:40pm Tuesday, September 20 on Prime

CLASSIC ALBUMS: NIRVANA NEVERMIND

Documentary Series

Few would have predicted that in 1991 Nirvana would be No. 1 on the US Billboard album chart. Not only did Nevermind replace Michael Jackson at the top, but it succeeded in doing what the Punk Rock movement had failed to achieve fourteen years earlier. Nevermind and the songs of Kurt Cobain changed the music business from within, without compromise, record company hype, or media overkill. This documentary tells the story behind how Nirvana came to record Nevermind, the affect the record was to have on the music world and on the band themselves and why to this day it still remains a milestone in rock history.

Through exclusive interviews with the people involved, we trace the history of the band with them first signing to Sub Pop, a Seattle independent record label, before coming to the attention of the major record labels following their first album Bleach. With a move to Geffen Records and the release of Nevermind the stage was set for Nirvana to dominate the music scene and for the single Smells Like Teen Spirit to become an anthem for the World’s disenfranchised youth. Bassist, Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl and Butch Vig, the record’s producer, will share with us their memories of the sessions and give us an insight into the songwriting genius of Kurt Cobain.

9:35pm Tuesday, September 13 on Prime

Documentary Series

When We Were Beautiful

A look at one of the world’s biggest and most enduring rock bands as they embark on a sell-out tour. With eleven studio albums, two compilation albums and one live album to their name, there is no doubting Bon Jovi’s ability to dominate music charts all over the world. From early albums such as Slippery When Wet through to their recent work, the band has achieved global success and millions of followers. However, in the glare of the media spotlight, the band members have also realised that worldwide fame comes at a cost. Coinciding with the release of their tenth album in 2007, Lost Highway, the band embarked on a tour that saw them performing before millions of people around the world. This documentary looks at the realities of life on the road, featuring exclusive interviews with the band’s charismatic frontman, Jon Bon Jovi and band members Richie Sambora, David Bryan and Tico Torres as they talk about the highs and lows they have experienced over their 26 year career.

9:35pm Tuesday, September 6 on Prime

Documentary Series

The First 50 Years

American country music singer-songwriter, photographer, record producer, actor and entrepreneur, Kenny Rogers has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topping the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone. He has received hundreds of awards, from American Music Awards to Grammys, as well as a lifetime achievement award in 2003 for a career spanning six decades. Kenny is one of a handful of artists to sell over 100 million albums. He holds the rare distinction of having a hit single in each of the last six decades. His duet with Dolly Parton, Islands in the Stream, is the number one selling duet of all time. Over the course of this jam-packed documentary, a whole array of artists, including Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Alison Krauss and Wynona Judd, perform with Kenny and pay tribute to his musical career.