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The Secret History of Eurovision (2011)

A decade after the end of the Second World War, Marcel Besançon, a Swiss exec working for the European Broadcasting Union, had a daring idea. He wanted to stage a live Pan-European singing ... See full summary »

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Stephen Oliver

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Cropper Linda Cropper ... Narrator (voice)
Lena Meyer-Landrut ... Herself (as Lena)
Thomas Schreiber Thomas Schreiber ... Himself, NDR
Donald Sassoon Donald Sassoon ... Himself, Queen Mary University of London
Lys Assia ... Herself
Brian Singleton Brian Singleton ... Himself, Trinity College, Dublin
Alexis Petridis Alexis Petridis ... Himself, music critic, The Guardian
Paul G. Sheridan Paul G. Sheridan ... Himself, Eurovision expert
Domenico Modugno ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Martin Bill Martin ... Himself
Katalin Miklóssy Katalin Miklóssy ... Herself, University of Helsinki
Cliff Richard ... Himself (archive footage)
Francisco Franco ... Himself (archive footage)
Joan Manuel Serrat Joan Manuel Serrat ... Himself (archive footage)
María de los Ángeles Santamaría Espinosa María de los Ángeles Santamaría Espinosa ... Herself (archive footage) (as Massiel)
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A decade after the end of the Second World War, Marcel Besançon, a Swiss exec working for the European Broadcasting Union, had a daring idea. He wanted to stage a live Pan-European singing competition to promote the nascent television services of Western Europe, and bring the divided nations of a war-torn Europe closer together in a shared celebration of music. The first Eurovision Song Contest took place in Lugano, Switzerland, on 24th May 1956. Just seven countries took part (six of whom, significantly, went on to sign the Treaty of Rome and lay the foundations of the European Community) but it was an instant hit and has become an unbroken annual fixture in the life of the continent. But it came to mean even more than that. During the Cold War, the glitz and glamour on the Eurovision stage was seen as a symbol of Western fun and freedom. Only a very few in the Eastern bloc were able or brave enough to risk their lives by tuning in to Finnish TV signals in secret. In recent decades, ... Written by Stephen Oliver

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Country:

UK | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2011 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Euroviisujen salattu historia See more »

Filming Locations:

Estonia See more »

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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Color:

Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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