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When Harvey Met Bob (2010)

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 »


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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My 345th Review: Nostalgia, sure, but also clearly something more....
27 October 2010 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

If you were old enough, there's no way you don't remember where you were....

WHMB is a good TV drama with good acting etc; pushed to another realm by the fact that it s a story that should be and needed to be recorded

  • and honestly, it's great viewing. Sure, everyone only looks like the

person they're playing just enough, but honestly it doesn't matter - it set out to capture a moment, a slice of history, and it tells the terrific story of how Live Aid happened, well, terrifically.

We really enjoyed this, not just for the massive nostalgia, but also because it does try to capture something of the amazement most of us had that we could do it, we could make the difference, that music and people could stop hunger in Africa. Nice central performances and a lot of energy lift this to another level and we forgot we were watching a TV movie and just got lost in the moment.

Very enjoyable, quite teary, and a lot of fun; for made for TV this is great viewing.

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