Prime Rocks

9:35pm Tuesday, August 30 on Prime

Documentary Series

In this intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait, Melvyn Bragg talks in depth to each of the four band members: Chris Martin (vocalist), Johnny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Chapman (drummer) – and discuss their plans for the future. This documentary spans their career and meteoric rise, from their early days as students – even taking the film crew back to their student flat in Camden, and to the first venue they ever performed at, the Dublin Castle in Camden.

9:35pm Tuesday, August 23 on Prime

Documentary Series

She was pop culture’s good girl, gone just slightly bad. Born in 1948 in Cambridge, England, Olivia Newton-John became a pop culture sensation after her appearance in the hit movie Grease. She began her singing career at the age of 15 when she started an all girl band and was a frequent winner at local talent shows. She slowly climbed the show biz ladder charting a number of times in the UK and then in the US. The title track to her album ‘Have You Never Been Mellow’ reached #1. After a chance meeting with John Travolta, who had been chosen as the male lead in the movie Grease, Travolta insisted that Olivia be given the part of Sandy. The movie went on to become the biggest box office hit of 1978 and launched several songs that reached #1 on both American and international charts. In the 90’s, Olivia successfully overcame a battle with breast cancer, which inspired her self-penned and produced album, GAIA.

9:35pm Tuesday, August 16 on Prime

Documentary Series

The 1980s was renowned for its musical sounds and images. Post-punk, glam rock and new romantics all competed for the listener’s ear, but there was a single figure which personifies both the look and the sound that was quintessentially ’80s. George Alan O’Dowd, more commonly known as Boy George, was lead singer for the multi-platinum selling pop group Culture Club. In an age of copycat stars and manufactured success stories, Boy George is a rarity in the world of pop music; an androgynous, outspoken star who is entirely his own creation. Along with Culture Club he sold over 45 million records, toured the world and became one of the most photographed celebrities on the planet. So how did this international pop icon end up picking up garbage on the streets of New York? Find out tonight on Prime!

9:30pm Tuesday, August 9 on Prime

Documentary Series

Days of Our Lives

Queen celebrate their 40th anniversary in regal fashion with the broadcast of a major two part documentary ‘Queen: Days of Our Lives’ which sees Roger Taylor and Brian May looking back at the band’s incredible career in candid detail for the first time. In Part Two tonight, we see Queen at the peak of their powers. With the ultimate showman in Freddie Mercury and a string of rock anthems to their name, Queen smashed attendance records with a series of stadium shows across South America. But the band quickly learned that if reaching the top is tough, staying there is the biggest challenge of all.

With a loss of focus in the studio, the decline in popularity in North America, increasing internal tension and a desire to pursue solo projects, it seemed as if the band had had its day. Then came the performance from Mercury at Live Aid, and their record breaking Magic tour in 1986. Queen were propelled back amongst the very best. Rejuvenated, the world was once again at their feet, but then tragedy struck and threatened to tear the band apart.

9:35pm Tuesday, August 2 on Prime

Documentary Series

Days of our Lives

Queen celebrate their 40th anniversary in regal fashion with the broadcast of a major two part documentary ‘Queen: Days of Our Lives’ which sees Roger Taylor and Brian May looking back at the band’s incredible career in candid detail for the first time.

In Part One tonight, we return to 1971 when four university students got together to form a band. Their story is a remarkable one, a narrative that covers early struggles, huge obstacles, success, arguments, breakups, triumph, tragedy and an enduring legacy – all against a backdrop of brilliant music and stunning live performances from every corner of the globe. In this film, for the first time, it is the band that tells their story. Guiding us through an extensive archive full of hitherto unseen footage, the documentary reveals how four strong-minded individuals, all capable of writing massive hit songs, worked together so successfully for four decades. Queen never did anything by halves – meaning their highs were massive, but their lows catastrophic. It is a compelling story told with intelligence, wit, plenty of humour and painful honesty.

9:30pm Tuesday, July 19 on Prime

Documentary Series

One Night Only

During 1997 the brothers Gibb performed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the first time in 10 years. Performing their greatest hits from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and also a number of hit songs that the Bee Gees wrote for other artists, but never recorded themselves, such as Islands in the Stream, Guilty, and Heartbreaker. During the concert there is also a special duet of Our Love (Don’t Throw it All Away) with their late brother Andy Gibb, plus Immortality, featuring a guest appearance by multiple Grammy Award winner Celine Dion. This concert is not to be missed.

9:35pm Tuesday, July 12 on Prime

Documentary Series

Damn The Torpedos

Prime Rocks continues with another episode exploring the background stories of some of the biggest rock bands on earth and their classic albums! Tonight we take a look at the story behind the creation of this great rock ‘n’ roll album and the dramatic transformation in the band’s career that took place following its release. Through interviews, new and archive performances and analysis we discover how Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Ron Blair and Stan Lynch created their songs and sounds with the help of Co-Producer Jimmy Iovine and Engineer Shelly Yakus.

9:30pm Monday, December 6 on Prime

Documentary

On tonight’s Prime Rocks special Rod Stewart performs some of the iconic hits that have made him a music legend, including Maggie May and I Don’t Want To Talk About It, together with his brand new interpretations of some of soul music’s greatest songs. Also, Stereophonics join Rod on stage for a unique performance of Handbags and Gladrags, and we get an exclusive peek behind the gates of Rod’s Essex mansion as host Ben Shephard chats with Rod about his life and his music.

9:30pm Monday, November 22 on Prime

Documentary

She was pop culture’s good girl gone just slightly bad, and on tonight’s PRIME ROCKS doco we discover much more about the lady born in 1948 in Cambridge, England, who later became a pop culture sensation after appearing in the hit movie Grease. Olivia Newton John began her singing career at the age of 15 when she started an all-girl band and was a frequent winner at local talent shows. Olivia’s career was a slow bake rather than meteoric. She slowly climbed the showbiz ladder charting a number of times in the UK and then in the US. The title track to her album “Have You Never Been Mellow” reached number one.

After a chance meeting with John Travolta, who had been chosen as the male lead in Grease, he insisted that Olivia be given the part of Sandy. The movie went on to become the biggest box office hit of 1978 and launched several songs that reached number one on both U.S. and International charts. In the 90’s, Olivia successfully overcame a battle with breast cancer, which inspired her self-penned and produced album, “GAIA”.

9:35pm Monday, November 15 on Prime

Documentary

On tonight’s Prime Rocks doco a one-off feast of musical entertainment is on display as we experience this rare opportunity to relive the magic that was the BeeGees. The star-studded guest audience has its dancing shoes on as the ‘Gibb’ brothers perform hits that include “You Should Be Dancing”, “Night Fever”, “More Than a Woman” and “Chain Reaction”, as well as duets with Boyzone and Celine Dion. Tonight’s Prime Rocks episode coincides with Robin Gibb’s New Zealand tour starting on November 8th in Auckland. His last New Zealand performance in 1999 (with the Bee Gees’ One Night Only show) at Auckland’s Western Springs attracted an incredible 60,000-strong crowd!