Prime Rocks

9:30pm Monday, August 24 on Prime

Documentary

Which One’s Pink is the official documentary spanning the career of the world’s most successful rock band, Pink Floyd. The band members take us on a journey from their humble beginnings in 1965 when fallen star Syd Barrett fronted the band and then on through a turbulent career spanning four decades.

Through interviews with David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, plus archive performance footage and promo videos, the real and sometimes very honest Pink Floyd story is told.

This BBC documentary starts at the very beginning of newly formed Pink Floyd with Barrett at the song writing helm. His songs had a distinctively British quirky edge and the band soon moved away from their underground beginnings, producing hits such as Arnold Lane and were snapped up by EMI in 1967 on the back of the single. However cracks started to show with Barrett’s mental state as he was pushed further into the limelight.

With Barrett sliding out of the picture and very much in his own world, in came David Gilmour and so began the transition from the British psychedelic music to the extensive sound of prog rock. The documentary takes us through the changes, from Arnold Lane to Atom Heart Mother to the legendary The Dark Side of the Moon and the huge success that was The Wall.

Personal accounts and stories guide us through these transitions, discoveries and arguments which led to strained and broken relationships amongst the group. The result was Waters walking away from the group and the beginning of a new chapter in the Pink Floyd story

Finally, here is the full and official Pink Floyd story. What really happened and what the future holds for one of the greatest rock bands in the world.

9:30pm Monday, August 17 on Prime

Documentary

Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25, 1963, in London, George Michael has sold over 70 million albums during his career.

He grew up in and near London where he developed his passion for music at an early age. While at school, Michael befriended Andrew Ridgeley. They shared a love of pop music and started playing together. By some reports, Michael and Ridgeley were an unlikely duo – Michael was pudgy and shy while Ridgeley was attractive and outgoing.

Although they were an odd couple, George and Andrew went on to form Wham! – one of the most successful British pop bands of the 1980s. As the lead vocalist and main songwriter, Michael emerged as the star of the group and it wasn’t long before he broke out on his own.

With the release of his first solo album Faith, George shed his teen heartthrob image and went for an edgier look, often sporting a leather jacket and a few days’ worth of stubble. Most recently he released Twenty Five – a greatest hits collection celebrating his twenty five years in the music industry.

Aside from his stellar career, his temperamental personality has led to professional feuds with both record label executives and fellow artists. A strong appetite for drugs, alcohol, and sexual encounters has resulted in multiple scrapes with the law but kept his name front and centre of pop culture.

9:35pm Monday, August 10 on Prime

Documentary

Our background and cultural influences shape the people we become, but Freddie Mercury balanced out the public accessibility he had to endure as a superstar with a protective wall of silence around his family, friends and personal history. This documentary goes behind that wall and tells the untold story of the man behind the myth.

After his childhood days in Zanzibar and schooling near Bombay, Freddie arrives with his parents and sister in England to start a new life from scratch. He goes to art college in London; he joins his first bands Ibex and Wreckage; he attains true stardom with Queen; he works on his legendry costumes; he parties; he moves to New York and then Munich and goes solo; he achieves his dream of recording with Montserrat Caballé; all of this whilst remaining the front man of one of the most successful rock bands ever. This documentary enables the viewer to reflect on this showman’s career, sexuality and sensitivity. We meet his family, confidants and friends who shared his extraordinary life and ultimately cared for him during his long illness leading to his death from AIDS on November 24th 1991.

9:30 pm Sunday, August 9 on Prime

Documentary

Fleetwood Mac are a remarkable testament to rock and roll survival. Forty years, some 16 different band members, and several divorces and group break-ups later, this Anglo-American group endures as one of the world’s most popular groups, selling more than 100 million albums to date. Born out of the English blues movement pioneered by John Mayall in the mid-Sixties, Fleetwood Mac found its artistic niche in soft rock driven by haunting lyrics and female vocals.

Two individuals, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, remained constant fixtures in the group, overseeing the thread of hits in the late 60s and early 70s. McVie’s then wife, Christine McVie, rounded out the sound and began the transition to softer rock. With the arrival of American vocal duo Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in the mid-70s, Fleetwood Mac had its signature sound.

MONDAY 27th July 9:30PM

Documentary

Recorded live in Miami in front of 20,000 fans this concert is a celebration of one of the most remarkable and enduring careers in popular music. For decades Cher has enthralled, entranced and excited audiences around the world and this concert takes us on a journey through time, re-visiting all the highlights of her unique career.

With spectacular staging, dancers, acrobats and, of course fabulous costumes designed by Bob Mackie, this show is not to be missed.

All the hits are here, from her first All I Really Want to Do to her chart busters Believe, If I Could Turn Back Time and Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.

The performances are punctuated with exclusive archive footage that shows the rise of a major American icon. Early footage of Sonny and Cher, excerpts from The Cher Show and clips from her Oscar winning film career amongst others add value to the live performances and put in context Cher’s unique position in popular entertainment.

The film, by award winning director David Mallet captures all the excitement and emotion of this once in a lifetime concert.

MONDAY 20th July 9:30PM

Documentary

Prime Rocks is back and kicks off this new series with an in-depth look into Duran Duran’s seminal album Rio.

Released against a backdrop of riots, record unemployment and the Falklands War, this optimistic and celebratory album would generate a string of hit singles and groundbreaking videos and catapult Duran Duran to global stardom.

Rio saw the band make a huge leap from catchy, if somewhat rudimentary, New Romantic synthfunk, to elegantly arranged, sophisticated pop-rock, concentrating more on song structure than dance beats. They were rewarded with superstar status, due chiefly to the hit single Hungry Like the Wolf, a tasty tune that injects a welcome dose of rock & roll guitar. Other standout tracks on Rio include Lonely in Your Nightmare, My Own Way, Save a Prayer, The Chauffer and Rio.

This documentary includes stacks of archive footage from the period as well as interviews with original band members Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor. Other interviewees include director Russell Mulcahy, former manager Paul Berrow and Bob Geldof.

MONDAY 5th January

This fascinating documentary about the First Lady of Country Music concludes this week.

Getting to know Dolly

Dolly the sheep, the world’s first successfully cloned mammal, was named after her, because it was cloned from a mammary cell and Parton is known for her ample breasts.
Created her song Nine to Five by tapping it out with her nails whilst on the set of the same name.

Profile (and what a profile) of the incredibly curvaceous, enormously popular singing star who came out of Appalachia to conquer the music world as few have ever done. 

After gaining success as a songwriter in the mid-1960s, Dolly became Porter Wagoner’s singing partner, and then stuck out on her own. She scored hit after country hit, then crossed over to conquer the pop world with “Here You Come Again.” She even conquered Hollywood with her starring role in 9 to 5. 

Today, Dolly is a pop culture icon and one of the entertainment world’s most durable superstars. Interviews include: Lee Ann Womack, Henry Winkler, Shania Twain, Tanya Tucker, and Billy Ray Cyrus.

Monday 29th December

Monday 27th October 8.55pm

Through hairstyles, generations, soul, R&B, rock and roll, disco, and now American Standards, Roderick David Stewart has remained relevant as a world famous entertainer.
Blending a mixture of that raspy yearning voice with style, sex appeal, and a reputation for enjoying the finer things in life, Rod continues to woo his loyal fans across the globe.

He still sells out venues both large and small, swings the microphone stand and races across the stage. His career has recently enjoyed yet another huge reinvention with multiple editions of his “Great American Songbook” albums selling in the millions.

Today, as always, Rod Stewart lives for his long legged blondes, his kids, and his beloved Glasgow Celtics football team.

Some guys really do have all the luck!

Monday 20th October 9.00pm

Born Marvin Lee Aday, in 1947, he was dubbed Meat by his dad when he was just 3. He got hooked on performing while in high school. His love for entertaining took him to Los Angeles in 1967, where he became the oversized leader in several unsuccessful rock bands.

Returning to the theatre, he made a minor splash in the Los Angeles production of the revolutionary stage play Hair. He took his act to Broadway, performing Shakespeare in the Park before landing in the Los Angeles cast of The Rocky Horror Show, and later appeared in the film version of the stage show.

But Meat’s career didn’t take off until he partnered with songwriter Jim Steinman. Though rejected by most major record labels, 1977s Bat Out of Hell wound up becoming one of the biggest selling albums of all time.

Fame took its toll on Meat, as he struggled with addictions and a deteriorating relationship with Steinman. By the mid-1980s, he was bankrupt and had to rebuild his career from scratch.

By the early 1990s, however, Meat Loaf had reconnected with Steinman and 1993s Bat Out of Hell II proved a triumphant encore, and earned him a best vocal Grammy for the single I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).

In the past decade, Meat Loaf has veered from acting to rock and back again and continues to wow audiences on stage with his unique brand of ‘rock theatre’.