Life Before Lloyd Webber

David Jacobs presents a six-part series celebrating the golden age of British musical theatre, featuring interviews, archive material and a variety of songs.


01Charm, Style, And Innocence20000107This first programme focuses on `The Boyfriend', `Salad Days',` Grab Me a Gondola' and other shows from an era of charm, style and innocence in British musicals.

With contributions from Joe Brown and Denis Quilley.

02A Less Inhibited Style20000114This programme investigates the move towards a less inhibited style of musical which followed `Lock Up Your Daughters' - the 1959 adaptation of Henry Fielding's play `Rape upon Rape'.
03Lionel Bart20000121This third programme focuses on the success of Lionel Bart's production of `Oliver!'.

Plus songs from `Blitz!', `Robert and Elizabeth', `Half a Sixpence' and `Twang!'.

With contributions from Tony Robinson and Tommy Steele.

04Social Issues20000128This fourth programme focuses on the shows that reflected social issues.

Contributors include Gillian Lynne and Sir Harry Secombe

05Stop The World I Want To Get Off20000204This fifth programme features music from `Stop the World I Want to Get Off' and `The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd', both written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse.

Contributors include Sir Harry Secombe and Tony Robinson

06 LAST70s And 80s20000211This last programme looks at some of the successes of the 70s and early 80s.

With contributions from Don Black and Marti Webb.