The singer is teaming up with Sir David Attenborough for a new documentary - and given the quality of her TV appearances so far, it should be a treat
Naked City (1992)
Since she became hugely successful following the release of Debut in 1993, most of Björk's chat show interviews have revolved around her "otherworldliness". On Clive Anderson in 1995, most of his early questions paint her as an alien-like creature, just beamed down from Mars. Jokes are made about her name (it's hard for English people to pronounce), the British supermarket chain that shares a name with her native country (hilarious!) and that country's culinary delicacy involving eating fish that's been buried in the ground and pissed on (to be fair, that is pretty weird). In this 1992 interview from Caitlin Moran's Channel 4 show Naked City, we find a much more relaxed-looking Björk, gamely prodding at a Pot Noodle she »
- Michael Cragg
The only way a pop star gets on the small screen these days is via cookery programmes. Where are the new Top of the Pops and CD:uk? As two music pilots launch, we look at what is going wrong
Music on television just does not work. If you ask around in TV circles, this is what people say. It is more than five years since Top of the Pops, CD:uk and Popworld all disappeared, two-and-a-half years since the BBC axed youth strand Switch, and six months since T4 shut its doors. Simon Cowell, no stranger to getting ideas away, said in 2011 that a Top of the Pops-style show restricted to the UK was simply "not cost effective", adding ominously that "to do it properly it would need to be bigger than one country". His plans for such a show were, he said, "for a year down the line" – two years on, »
- Peter Robinson
★★★☆☆ It's been mere weeks since the 2013 edition of the Glastonbury Festival ended - the cows are not yet back in the hallowed fields of Worthy Farm - but festival fans still shaking off withdrawal symptoms could do worse than Glastonbury: The Movie in Flashback (2012), an affectionate rockumentary of the festival as it was in 1993. A director's cut of the film first released back in 1996, it is an oddly passive account. Director Robin Mahoney presents the festival on its own terms and generally allows the action to play out organically. There's no commentary, few interviews, and the only ostensible structure is a day-by-day division.
We follow a few characters ('Vanessa the Pink Dress Girl", for example) but otherwise it's defiantly loose. This certainly sets a spirit-of-the-sixties tone - the use of split-screen is perhaps a rather conspicuous nod to Woodstock (1970), that other doc about that other legendary festival - but the »
- CineVue UK
Interview Seb Patrick 17 Jul 2013 - 07:04
Over the last decade, Edgar Wright has gone from being the kind of geek who obsessed about other people's movies, to the kind of geek whose movies other people obsess about. You all know the story by now: Spaced begat Shaun Of The Dead begat Hot Fuzz, establishing him as one of filmmaking's hottest directing talents, with an astonishing eye for visual flair and attention to detail.
Having stepped away from his regular collaborations with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to make kinetic 2010 comics adaptation Scott Pilgrim Vs The World – not to mention the long-in-gestation Ant Man project for Marvel – Wright has now re-teamed with his partners in crime for The World's End, the final chapter in their so-called »
When George Michael bounced onto the stage for his Top of the Pops debut in 1983, prancing around Andrew Ridgeley and his guitar, only the seers amongst us could have predicted he would go on to become one of the totems of the pop industry for the next 30 years.
George turns 50 today. There's so much we could say... the 100 million record sales, the huge contributions to charity, the awards for song-writing, his La arrest, his alienating half of America with his coming-out politically as an anti-war protestor, his unseemly rush to get his photos developed at Snappy Snaps, his recent ill health followed by a stunning comeback for Symphonica... where to start or stop?
Two London boys living the dream...
But, as a signed-up fan of George Michael, I often ponder what it would be like to hear 'Careless Whisper' again for the first time - a song he »
- The Huffington Post UK
For fans of The Stone Roses it seems all their Christmases have come at once, or at least all their films, as this week sees the release of the second movie about the band in as many months.
But while Shane Meadows’ biopic-cum-concert-movie Made of Stone focused on the Roses, and the real-world implications of their recent reunion, Spike Island tells a fictional tale of a group of mates who go to ridiculous lengths to see the Baggy band at the height of their fame.
We recently sat down with Nico Miragello, who plays Dodge in the movie, to discus filming, chemistry and the reaction to the film back in Manchester.
The chemistry between the lads
Me and Elliott are best friends in real life, so the part could have not been more perfectly suited for me and Elliott to just go in and go, ‘boom’. The chemistry was there, »
- Ben Mortimer
I’m Jody Rosen, New York’s new pop critic. I’ll be posting here on Vulture, and writing longer essays and features for the magazine. My editors have asked me to say a few words about myself, which is embarrassing. So let’s keep it brief. I previously worked as a music critic for Slate and the Nation. I was also a critic at Rolling Stone. (I was the guy they turned to when they needed a Demi Lovato review.) And I’ve written about music for various other publications. In 2006, I compiled and annotated an anthology of turn-of-the-century Jewish novelty songs; it included your great-great-grandfather’s favorite jam, “Cohen Owes Me 97 Dollars.” I wrote a book about another Jewish song, “White Christmas.”I’ve sometimes been called a “poptimist,” I guess because I’ve written favorably about commercial country music and Britney Spears and, occasionally, dissed Bruce Springsteen. »
- Jody Rosen
Minor celebrities talking rubbish? It must be bank holiday television
The May bank holiday Monday has always been a day to pack the schedules with moving wallpaper; programmes that are guaranteed not to offend or probably not even be watched. The Story of Now (ITV), a documentary loosely celebrating 30 years of Now That's What I Call Music! compilation albums, took bank holiday television to new heights of postmodern knowingness. A filler programme about an album packed with filler tracks with dozens of filler talking head interviews.
It was the talking heads that killed the programme. What do the names Limahl, Timmy Mallett, Jason Donovan, the one from Westlife whose name you can't remember, Dom Joly, the one from Atomic Kitten whose name you can't remember, the Saturdays, Gordon Smart, a DJ who looks familiar but whose name doesn't register, a bloke from Heaven 17 and Sean Paul suggest to you? »
- John Crace
Like everybody else who was taking solids on 6 July 1972, I genuinely remember seeing David Bowie perform Starman on Top of the Pops. It's one of the few historic pieces of pop television I recall clearly. I knew who David Bowie was, had already bought his records and had even seen him wearing a dress on the cover of Melody Maker. That short appearance with the Spiders From Mars, doing a song that only got on the record because somebody at RCA thought it was a hit, felt like an arrival. It wasn't just the clothes. Lots of acts raided the dressing-up box. What struck me then and strikes me now is the way he worked out which camera he was on and, through it, »
- David Hepworth
When we celebrated David Bowie's 65th birthday last year, we never would have dreamt of what would happen 12 months on. Back from the (as good as) dead, Db returned with The Next Day and we're only just getting over the shock.
To celebrate his unexpected comeback, BBC Two presents a brand-new documentary about our greatest popstar, and having had a sneak preview, Digital Spy gives you five compelling reasons to watch Five Years.
> Ten Things About... David Bowie
1. Golden Years
The structure of Five Years makes it a lot more interesting than your usual pop doc. Rather than try (and fail) to talk about 50 years of pop superstardom in two hours, the film gives us five year-long snapshots. Year One: 1971-1972 (Hunky Dory to ...Ziggy Stardust), Year Two: 1974-1975 (Young Americans to Station to Station), Year Three: 1976-1977 (Low to "Heroes"), Year Four: 1979-1980 (Scary Monsters... And Super »
After baking and sewing, gardening should be the next post-retirement pastime to capture younger audiences. Here's how TV bosses could make the potting shed primetime-friendly
The Great British Bake Off started the trend and The Great British Sewing Bee – recently commissioned for a second series – built on the formula: take a retirement-age-friendly pastime, celebrate its traditional values while making it appealing for a young audience, then present it on TV for a reappraisal by the nation's under-40s. Home improvements could be the next topic revived by TV executives, but there is the potential for damage and death should Diy fever sweep the nation, so the most likely candidate for a semi-hipsteresque new lease of life therefore has to be gardening, and not just because of mounting excitement for this year's Chelsea flower show coverage.
But as the old saying goes, there's more than one way to creosote a fence, »
- Peter Robinson
Fred Armisen has not announced whether this week's "Saturday Night Live" season finale will indeed be his last episode as rumored, but a sketch during that show was all but a clear farewell from the longtime cast member.
Appearing as Ian Rubbish, his English punk rock character introduced earlier this season, Armisen sang a song with the repeated chorus "It's been all right / It's been a lovely night with you" while on the British music show "Top of the Pops."
During the performance, Armisen was joined by several musical legends, reflecting his own background as a musician: His "Portlandia" collaborator and Wild Flag and Sleater-Kinney leader Carrie Brownstein, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., and musical powerhouse couple Aimee Mann and Michael Penn.
- The Huffington Post
Think the annual song contest is gimmicky, rigged and unlikely to result in a UK victory ever again? As the semi-finals begin, we urge you to reconsider
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It's not easy to be a Eurovision fan in Britain. As if watching the home team crash and burn year after year wasn't painful enough, we also have to endure the annual round of tired arguments as to why there's no point competing in the first place, since the odds are apparently stacked against us.
It's little wonder our leading pop stars won't touch the thing with a barge pole, forcing whichever poor intern the BBC places in charge of sourcing a representative to plough through the Top of the Pops archives in the hope of finding a soul brave or foolhardy enough to go forth into the breach. "Is Sam Fox Busy?" we can imagine him crying, »
- John P Lucas
BBC's coverage of Olympics loses out to Channel 4's Paralympics programming
It was the television event of the year with a peak audience of more than 23 million viewers. But the BBC's acclaimed coverage of the London Olympics failed to win a single prize at Sunday's Bafta television awards.
The BBC lost out to Channel 4, which took home the sports and live event prize for its Paralympics 2012 programming, and to Sky Atlantic's fantasy drama Game of Thrones in a special award voted for by viewers, despite having a fraction of the audience that tuned in to the Olympics.
In a night of Bafta surprises, ITV documentary The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, which exposed the former Top of the Pops presenter as a sexual predator and plunged the BBC into crisis, failed to win the current affairs award. It was beaten by BBC2's The Shame of the Catholic Church, »
- John Plunkett, Josh Halliday
One of the stars of BBC1's hit drama Last Tango in Halifax used the programme's Bafta win on Sunday to thank the corporation for "at last" doing a love story about people over 35.
In the face of criticism that the BBC fails to put enough women, or older people, on screen, Anne Reid, who starred with Derek Jacobi in the romantic drama written by Sally Wainwright, said: "I am so glad the BBC has decided at last to do love stories about people who are over 35."
Reid, 77, who accepted the Bafta award for best drama series, was warmly applauded by the audience of TV personalities and executives when she told them: "Some of us do have quite interesting lives when we get to 70."
Her co-star Jacobi said: "Not only the oldies »
- John Plunkett, Josh Halliday
Mike Batt, songwriter
I wanted to make serious music, but, to keep the wolf from the door, ended up composing a lot of TV commercials. It was through these that the producers of The Wombles came across my work and asked if I could write a theme tune. I suggested a song with wacky lyrics that would appeal to adults as well as children. Some instinct led me to waive the £200 fee they were offering – in return for the rights to use the characters in future musical projects.
I composed the tune on a fold-up keyboard in my houseboat and wrote most of the lyrics on the train, on my way to a critical meeting with the show's producers. I remember a little girl playing on the floor of »
- Anna Tims
London – Australian born Rolf Harris, a fixture of British TV for more than 40 years, has been questioned by police over historical allegations of sexual offenses. The 83-year-old entertainer and artist has been interviewed under caution after attending police premises in south London by appointment in November, according to media reports across the British media. The former BBC stalwart had been brought in by police as part of Operation Yewtree, set up following the death of Jimmy Savile in 2011, when hundreds of sex abuse allegations were made against the former Top of the Pops presenter. Story: 5
- Stuart Kemp
A list has been compiled of the 50 most influential TV shows since 1963.
Swiss ratings company The Wit compiled the list to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cannes Mip TV trade show.
However, because the BBC refused to make clips of its shows available - its shows were excluded from the rundown.
Virginia Mouseler of The Wit told the Daily Mail: "We included shows that had a huge impact around the world by being distributed to many different countries.
"Secondly, we picked shows that may be less well known internationally, but that had a big impact in their own country."
She added: "We really wanted to put Doctor Who top of the list. But as the BBC wouldn't give us the rights to show a clip on the website, we had to replace it with Astro Boy, which was created in the same year.
"It was a great shame. UK »
When did primetime fluffy Saturday night TV suddenly turn into an evening of music industry A&R mechanics?
At some point over the last decade's long slog of Pop Idols, Britain's Got Talents, Fame Academies and nine series of X Factor, the emphasis switched from light entertainment to record sales.
Watching recent series of X Factor, it's occasionally felt like we were watching a meeting between record execs rather than a glossy family TV spectacle. The fearsome annihilation of cruise ship warbler Christopher Maloney by the producers and judges felt like a tipping point in the show's history as the singer's crime of being 'not very cool' seemed to excuse no-holds barred treatment of the blubbering Liverpudlian.
When the voting results were revealed, it turned out that Maloney had been topping the votes since week one. Despite a hammering from the judges and all the cool credentials of tattooed grumble-guts James Arthur, »
What does a typical Louis Tomlinson and girlfriend Eleanor Calder date night look like? If all goes according to plan it is the usual activities many other couples enjoy when they are out. The One Direction star - who is in a long-term relationship with girlfriend Eleanor Calder - isn't a fan of flashy date nights, and much prefers to keep things low-key when it comes to his romantic life. He told Top of the Pops magazine: ''It's nice sometimes to just do the normal things, like go out for a meal or go to the cinema. ''If I were to do something a bit more crazy and spontaneous, I think going to a theme park for a date would be fun. I've never done that, so it would be good.'' As well as his close relationship with Eleanor, 20, the 'One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)' singer also »
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