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When Harvey Met Bob (2010)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  26 December 2010 (UK)
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In October 1984, rock musician Bob Geldof is appalled by the misery of starving Ethiopians as seen on television and persuades his pop musician friends to record the million-selling charity... See full summary »

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In October 1984, rock musician Bob Geldof is appalled by the misery of starving Ethiopians as seen on television and persuades his pop musician friends to record the million-selling charity single 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'. Bob goes to Ethiopia and, horrified at the scale of the famine, plans a global rock concert to be staged simultaneously in England and America the next summer. He brings in hard-headed rock promoter Harvey Goldsmith who provides a realistic anchor to Bob's idealistic wish-list of performers. Preparations are fraught with arguments, and Bob is especially disappointed not to secure Bruce Springsteen, in anticipation of whose services he postponed the event. After addressing his old school, where he was less than academically bright but hopes to inspire the students, and with five days before the big event, Bob gets involved with the complicated matter of financial logistics and organizing international broadcasts but gets Prince Charles and Princess Diana to ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Domhnall Gleeson never actually met his alter ego Bob Geldof prior to, or during this production shoot. In preparation for his portrayal of Geldof, Gleeson dyed his hair black and spent several days holed up in a Dublin flat surrounded by posters, photographs and various items of paraphernalia connected to the former rocker. Gleeson also sourced Geldof's 1986 autobiography 'Is That It?' over the course of the production. See more »

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In several scenes when Bob is travelling in the Mini, modern vehicles are clearly visible. See more »

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Disclaimer in opening titles: "This film is based on a real event. However, much of the dialogue and some of the scenes are invented... and sometimes even slightly exaggerated. But all in a good cause, of course." See more »

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Great nostalgia
10 January 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Very enjoyable slice of TV history. Well acted throughout and a fascinating insight into the lead up to Live Aid. Domhnall Glesson as Bob Geldoff was spot on. I would only make a couple of negative comments - firstly more attention could have been paid to period detail (in quite a few scenes modern cars are clearly visible) though I guess this could be down to the budget. In addition the actor chosen to play Paul McCartney was a bit of an odd choice who struggled a bit with his scouse accent. Perhaps with a larger budget, more attention could have paid to the making of the Live Aid single which was a little glossed over. Apart from that great TV with a thumping 80s soundtrack.


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