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8 items from 2017

Jack Good obituary

29 September 2017 9:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Music pioneer who led a revolution in television coverage of pop

If anyone could be said to have invented the way pop music is presented on television, it was Jack Good, a short-haired, bespectacled Oxford graduate, who created the fast-paced shows Six-Five Special for the BBC, Oh Boy! for ITV, and the equally influential Shindig! for a Us network. Good, who has died aged 86, encouraged the audience to become part of the spectacle in a style that became a vital element of Ready Steady Go! and Top of the Pops.

Unlike most of the middle-aged producers responsible for putting early rock’n’roll on television, Good would definitely not rather have been dealing with the tuxedoed crooners of the swing era. “I prefer vulgarity to the excessive refinement that has long stifled British society,” he later wrote. In the middle of the 1950s, the era of the juke box and the teddy boy, »

- Richard Williams

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Criterion Reflections – Episode 2 – Winter 1969 Part 2

20 September 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode features panel conversations and 1:1 interviews offering insights on movies that premiered in a particular season of a year in the past, which were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Martin Kessler, Jordan Essoe, Doug McCambridge, Jason Beamish and Trevor Berrett to discuss six titles from the Winter of 1969: Jaromil Jires’s The Joke, Juraj Herz’s The Cremator, Wim Winders’s Silver City Revisited, Fellini: A Director’s Notebook, Luis Bunuel’s The Milky Way and Pierre Etaix’s Le Grand Amour.

Episode Time Markers: Introduction: 0:00:00 – 0:09:47 The Joke: 0:09:48 – 0:36:30 Silver City Revisited: 0:36:31 – 0:54:30 The Cremator: 0:54:31 – 1:17: »

- David Blakeslee

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Fearne Cotton webchat – your questions answered on Keith Lemon, Teletubbies and the future of radio

7 September 2017 6:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The presenter and writer spilled the beans on anger management, meeting the Royals and what she really thought of the ropiest Live Lounge performances

2.11pm BST

Thank you so much for the really interesting, thought-provoking and cool questions. I hope you all have a cracking Thursday afternoon in the pissing rain. And good luck all kids who started school this week. Bye!

2.06pm BST

PimpmasterFlex 3d asks:

Do you think Strictly is losing its mojo?

No. It's terribly sad that Bruce died and there will be a different feel to it this series because he passed away. But my god I think Claudia and Tess are the most brilliant duo. I think they're great together. This is the great thing about TV - there's room for moving dramas and move for simply feelgood entertainment where there's no agenda and it's just people wearing beautiful outfits and doing sometimes beautiful dance routines. »

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What should music TV look like in 2017?

21 July 2017 5:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The BBC is planning a primetime music show featuring live performances, sketches and interviews. Can it reinvent Top of the Pops for the 21st century, or is it chasing a dead format? Five Guardian writers ponder its merits

It’s testament to the nation’s fondness for Top of the Pops that not even Jimmy Savile and Dave Lee Travis have managed to entirely taint it – and it feels as if every year there’s a thinkpiece longing for a rebirth of the show (yes, including in the Guardian).

Related: BBC to launch Top of the Pops-style music show

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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Alexis Petridis, Harriet Gibsone, Rachel Aroesti, Stuart Heritage

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BBC to launch Top of the Pops-style music show

20 July 2017 6:23 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Six-part new series with live performances will be broadcast from this autumn on BBC1

The BBC is to launch a new Top of the Pops-style music show more than 11 years after it axed its flagship pop music programme.

The corporation has announced that a six-part music series will be broadcast live this autumn on BBC1 and feature performances from a collection of the biggest UK and global music stars in each episode.

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- Graham Ruddick

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‘Carpool Karaoke’ Producer Making Live-Music Series for the BBC

20 July 2017 4:10 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The BBC is bringing a live-music series back to its flagship BBC One channel, with “Carpool Karaoke” producer Fulwell 73 making a new show that will launch later this year.

James Corden is a partner in Fulwell 73, which produces “The Late Late Show,” but the BBC told Variety that he will not host the new British music series.

For decades going back to the 1960s, music-chart series “Top of the Pops” was a mainstay of the BBC’s weekly schedule, but the pubcaster took the show off the air in 2006. Unlike “Top of the Pops,” which centered on live acts and music videos, the Fulwell 73 show will also feature sketches and interviews, as well as music from the biggest British and international acts. The show launches on BBC One this fall.

“This series will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the biggest and best U.K. and international bands and artists, and »

- Stewart Clarke

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Later... With Jools Holland: a cockroach in the schedules

8 April 2017 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The format is tedious and the host is excruciating, but the BBC’s last remaining live-music showcase ploughs on regardless. It will probably outlive us all

Later… With Jools Holland (11 April, 10pm, and 14 April, 11pm, BBC2) is back with its 50th series. Really? Only 50? I could have sworn there were more than that. Like the Antiques Roadshow and MasterChef, it is a cockroach in the schedules: inelegant, insistent, indestructible. The BBC proudly calls Later… its “flagship live music show”, apparently forgetting that it’s actually its only live music show, if you don’t count talent contests or the customary musical play-out on The Andrew Marr Show. Because where else can you find live music on the box?

To today’s youngsters, reared on apps and algorithms, televised pop music must seem like a quaint concept. But for those of us too lazy or knackered to unearth new music by ourselves, »

- Fiona Sturges

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Reggie Yates webchat – your questions answered on Russian racists, growing up on TV and being a vampire

24 January 2017 6:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The children’s TV presenter turned documentary film-maker joined us to answer questions from talking to people with repellent views to a new project on London, via his five top tunes right now

2.28pm GMT

Reggie Yates has finished

Thank you so much for all your questions, an absolute pleasure to hear what you the Guardian readers think and feel about the work I've done. There's lots more to come this year so thank you for your support, and for your questions - there's nothing worse than an echo chamber, and it's always great to be challenged on what you're doing. See you again soon, I'm sure.

2.27pm GMT

saulholland asks:

What topics are you planning to cover in the future?

We are in development at the moment on a series I've wanted to make for years, about identity. I love the city I was born in is as integrated as it is. »

- Guardian Staff

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