The sporting calendar this year has worked out well for BBC2, as the darts, snooker and bowls were followed almost immediately by the Winter Olympics and meant they could fill up daytimes for a good six weeks. It’s finally come to an end and that means we’re back to non-stop repeats, but as before they’ve at least taken the opportunity to delve a bit further back and, presumably, cook up some vintage continuity to link them all. Cagney and Lacey, Are You Being Served? and ‘Allo ‘Allo! are all back, not that we can remember where we’ve got to, joined by this, which as we know was only invented as a last minute replacement for Shoestring, and just reminds us that we should have another rerun of that, twelve years after its last aborted daytime run. This’ll do for now, though.
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When Pop Went Epic – The Crazy World Of The Concept Album
Friday, 22.00, BBC4
Hard to imagine anything in pop history easier to ridicule these days than the seventies concept album, and indeed many of the people who made them are now happy to laugh at the excesses of the whole business, but you can’t fault their ambition in trying to cram as many ideas as they could into just twelve inches of vinyl. Rick Wakeman made a couple and he’s the perfect host to take this fond look back at the golden age of the LP, which really did veer from the sublime to the ridiculous.
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