Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be

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01Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be: The Lionel Bart Story20111226

Lionel Bart was a unique musical talent. He found fame with the hugely successful musicals Oliver! and 'Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be', but he was also a hit-making machine for some of Britain's first rock'n'roll stars - Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde and Cliff Richard, as well as giving the James Bond movie franchise its first song.

He socialised with figures from both serious and populist culture, and experienced a downfall that was as spectacular as his theatrical triumphs.

David and Caroline Stafford's new biography of Bart draws on previously unseen archive sources and interviews with those closest to him.

Today, Lionel's East End childhood and early exposure to music. Read by Alistair McGowan.

The book is published by Omnibus Press.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Emma Harding.

Bart's East End childhood and early exposure to music.

01Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be: The Lionel Bart Story20111227

Bart's East End childhood and early exposure to music.

02Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be: The Lionel Bart Story20111227

Lionel Bart was a unique musical talent. He found fame with the hugely successful musicals Oliver! and 'Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be', but he was also a hit-making machine for some of Britain's first rock'n'roll stars - Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde and Cliff Richard, as well as giving the James Bond movie franchise its first song.

He socialised with figures from both serious and populist culture, and experienced a downfall that was as spectacular as his theatrical triumphs.

David and Caroline Stafford's new biography of Bart draws on previously unseen archive sources and interviews with those closest to him.

Today, Bart meets Joan Littlewood and writes the songs for 'Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be'. Read by Alistair McGowan.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Emma Harding.

Bart meets Joan Littlewood and writes the songs for Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be.

02Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be: The Lionel Bart Story20111228

Bart meets Joan Littlewood and writes the songs for Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be.

03Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be: The Lionel Bart Story20111228

Lionel Bart was a unique musical talent. He found fame with the hugely successful musicals Oliver! and 'Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be', but he was also a hit-making machine for some of Britain's first rock'n'roll stars - Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde and Cliff Richard, as well as giving the James Bond movie franchise its first song.

He socialised with figures from both serious and populist culture, and experienced a downfall that was as spectacular as his theatrical triumphs.

David and Caroline Stafford's new biography of Bart draws on previously unseen archive sources and interviews with those closest to him.

Today, Bart gives Cliff Richard his first number one and begins work on his own musical masterpiece, 'Oliver!' Read by Alistair McGowan.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Emma Harding.

Bart gives Cliff Richard his first number one and begins work on his masterpiece Oliver!

03Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be: The Lionel Bart Story20111229

Bart gives Cliff Richard his first number one and begins work on his masterpiece Oliver!

04Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be: The Lionel Bart Story20111229

Oliver! opens to great acclaim.

04Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be: The Lionel Bart Story20111230

Oliver! opens to great acclaim.

05 LASTFings Ain't Wot They Used T'be: The Lionel Bart Story20111230

Lionel Bart was a unique musical talent. He found fame with the hugely successful musicals Oliver! and 'Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be', but he was also a hit-making machine for some of Britain's first rock'n'roll stars - Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde and Cliff Richard, as well as giving the James Bond movie franchise its first song.

He socialised with figures from both serious and populist culture, and experienced a downfall that was as spectacular as his theatrical triumphs.

David and Caroline Stafford's new biography of Bart draws on previously unseen archive sources and interviews with those closest to him.

Today, Bart's reputation is in tatters, and he slides towards alcoholism and bankruptcy. But in the 1980s and 90s, revivals of his earlier work provide a return to grace. Read by Alistair McGowan.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Emma Harding.

The flop of Twang! leaves Bart's reputation in tatters.

05 LASTFings Ain't Wot They Used T'be: The Lionel Bart Story20111231

The flop of Twang! leaves Bart's reputation in tatters.