The Stars Of Sgt Pepper

Episodes

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A documentary on poet, mountaineer and black magician Aleister Crowley.

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A dramatisation of Edgar Allan Poe's famous story, The Pit and the Pendulum.

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A profile of the writer by musician Laurie Anderson.

In Track 19 we meet the writer William Burroughs.

Barry Miles tells us about how Burrough's met Paul McCartney, and why he ended up on the album cover.

Then, in 'William Burroughs: Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted' the musician Laurie Anderson profiles this extraordinary writer and thinker, in a programme first broadcast in 2008.

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A tribute to the comic genius WC Fields, presented by Geoffrey Palmer.

In Track 3 we meet the comic genius and original anti-hero, WC Fields.

In 'Who Took The Cork Off My Lunch?' the actor Geoffrey Palmer looks at the influence Fields had on British culture. He also reveals how Fields developed an appreciation of British music hall comedy and English literature which reverberated throughout his stage and screen career.
With contributions from comedy historian Glenn Mitchell, the programme also includes rare archive of Benny Hill impersonating Fields on one of his early television shows.

Produced by Stephen Garner, this was first broadcast in 2006.

20170603 (BBC7)

Alan Bennett reads 'Down The Rabbit Hole' from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

We begin the 'Stars of Sgt. Pepper' with Lewis Carroll, who was a huge influence on John Lennon & Paul McCartney.

To find out more about why The Beatles chose Lewis Carroll for the album cover we speak to Heather Simmons, who runs a blog and podcast all about the role of Alice across popular culture.

Then we go 'Down The Rabbit Hole' as Alan Bennett reads the opening chapter of 'Alice's Adventures In Wonderland'.

Afterwards Samira talks to the writer Barry Miles about his time spent with The Beatles during the time of 'Sgt Pepper'. He tells us about first meeting Paul McCartney, and what it was like to be there on the day of the actual album cover photo shoot.

20170603 (BBC7)

Alan Bennett reads 'Down The Rabbit Hole' from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

We begin the 'Stars of Sgt. Pepper' with Lewis Carroll, who was a huge influence on John Lennon & Paul McCartney.

To find out more about why The Beatles chose Lewis Carroll for the album cover we speak to Heather Simmons, who runs the Alice In Wonderland blog and podcast 'Alice Is Everywhere'.

Then we go 'Down The Rabbit Hole' as Alan Bennett reads the opening chapter of 'Alice's Adventures In Wonderland'.

Afterwards Samira talks to the writer Barry Miles about his time spent with The Beatles during the time of 'Sgt Pepper'. He tells us about first meeting Paul McCartney, and what it was like to be there on the day of the actual album cover photo shoot.

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Benny Green pays tribute to Max Miller in Celebration, from 1974.

For Track 11 we go back to the days of Variety and Music Hall to explore the lives of three 'Stars of Sgt Pepper' - Issy Bonn, Tommy Handley and Max Miller.

Adam Borzone, Chairman of the British Music Hall Society, tells us about the origins of Music Hall. He also explores the lives and careers of Issy Bonn and Tommy Handley.

Then we take an in-depth look at the life of Max Miller in the company of the broadcaster and musician Benny Green with an episode of 'Celebration', from 1974.

Afterwards Samira Ahmed talks to Matthew Sweet again, this time about the influence of Victoriana on the music and cover of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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'Bette and Joan and Baby Jane', a drama about the making of the landmark film.

For Track 4 we find out more about Bette Davis. Mostly hidden behind George Harrison on the album cover, we discover what had happened to Ms Davis by the 60's, and just why she might have been chosen for the cover.

The actor and writer Tracy Ann Oberman tells us why she is such a big fan of Bette Davis, and exactly why she decided to write about her. She also offers some insights in to which Beatle she thinks put Bette Davis on the cover.

Then we have 'Bette and Joan and Baby-Jane', Tracy Ann's first radio play which tells the story of a legendary film, the creation of two iconic stars and of the origins of a deep seated hatred that spanned five decades. It stars Catherine Tate as Bette Davis and Tracy Ann Oberman as Joan Crawford.

Then Samira Ahmed talks to the artists, and co-creator of the Sgt. Pepper album cover, Jann Haworth. She tells Samira how her own Hollywood back round influenced the artwork, what she and Peter Blake each brought to the project, and exactly which of the famous faces she left looking like Donald Trump.

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Brian Foster on the role of music in the life of Albert Einstein in 'Einstein's Fiddle'.

For Track 15 we find out about the two Alberts who appear on the album cover.

First Brian Foster explores the role of music in the life of Albert Einstein in the documentary 'Einstein's Fiddle'.

Then Eric Stubbins tells us about his father, the former Liverpool and Newcastle United footballer Albert Stubbins, and just why he thinks his father appeared on the album cover.

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Charles Shaar Murray examines the most notorious comedian in America.

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Diana Dors is Roy Plomley's castaway in this episode of Desert Island Discs from 1981.

For Track 7 we hear from Diana Dors, one of six 'Stars' on the album cover to appear as a wax figure.

In an episode of Desert Island Discs from 1981 she tells Roy Plomley about her life and career.

Then the boxing journalist and broadcaster Steve Bunce tells us about the life of another 'Sgt. Pepper' wax figure, the boxer Sonny Liston. Steve tells us about what really happened when The Beatles were meant to meet Liston in 1964.

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Dylan Thomas reads Quite Early One Morning, his work which grew into Under Milk Wood.

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Edward Petherbridge reads The Bookshop, a short story by Aldous Huxley.

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Episode of Soul Music on 'Like A Rolling Stone'. Plus Dylan biographer Sid Griffin.

For Track 5 we find out more about The Beatles and Bob Dylan.

The musician and writer Sid Griffin explains all about when The Beatles first met Dylan, and how their careers and recording techniques had changed dramatically by 1967. Plus Sid tells us what he thinks Bob Dylan might feel about being on the album cover.

Then, in a 2004 edition of 'Soul Music', Robbie Robertson, Al Kooper and Greil Marcus are just some of the people to reflect on 'Like A Rolling Stone', the Bob Dylan song that challenged and changed lives.

Then we hear from Dion DiMucci, the singer of huge hits like 'The Wanderer' and 'Runaround Sue'. He tells us about shopping with The Beatles, and what it means to be one of only five members of the Sgt. Pepper's survivors club.

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Joan Bakewell interviews the former Olympic swimmer and star of the 'Tarzan' movies.

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John Sessions and Robbie Coltrane star in a radio adaptation of Tom McGrath's drama.

In Track 8 we focus on the classic comedy duo Laurel & Hardy.

In an archive clip the actor Peter Cushing describes working with the duo in an early film role of his.

Then John Sessions and Robbie Coltrane star in a radio adaptation of Tom McGrath's biographical drama 'Laurel & Hardy', first broadcast in 1996.

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Marlene Dietrich stars in The Child, a play by Shirley Jenkins from 1965.

For Track 20 we meet Marlene Dietrich.

The film star met The Beatles at the 1963 Royal Command Performance, in which they both performed.

Two years later and Dietrich was to star in 'The Child', a startling play by Shirley Jenkins from 1965 about a mother the day before the birth of her child.

We then hear from Jann Haworth and Matthew Sweet about the women who appear on the album cover.

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Mitch Benn explores his comedy connections to the story of The Beatles.

For Track 16 we find out a little bit more about The Beatles themselves, especially the wax versions who appear on the cover.

First the comedian Mitch Benn explores his comedy connections to the story of The Beatles in 'Mitch Benn is the 37th Beatle', from 2014.

Then we visit the archives of Madame Tussaud's to meet their curatorial archivist Louise Baker. She tells us about Madame Tussaud's historic working relationship with Peter Blake, how they helped him with the Sgt. Pepper album cover, and what has happened to the figures now.

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Nick Stafford's drama about Oscar Wilde's courtroom battle with the Marquess of Queensbury

Track 21 is about Oscar Wilde.

'The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde', Nick Stafford's drama about Wilde's courtroom battle with the Marquess of Queensbury. Stars Julian Rhind-tutt and Sean Pertwee.

Plus the writer and biographer Harriet Vyner tells us about Robert Fraser, the art gallery owner known as 'Groovy Bob' who played an influential role in the creation of the album cover.

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Paul Gambaccini looks at the Marlon Brando classic, On the Waterfront.

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Robert Bathurst reads The New Accelerator by HG Wells.

For Track 12 we explore the links between HG Wells and The Beatles.

First we take a guide tour of Folkestone in Kent with the Wells biographer Michael Sherborne. He takes us to Wells' former home near the sea, and we visit the locations of his story 'The New Accelerator'.

Then we hear 'The New Accelerator, read by Robert Bathurst.

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Samira Ahmed introduces a day of programmes to mark the 50th anniversary of 'Sgt Pepper's'

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Samira Ahmed wraps up The Stars of Sgt Pepper.

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Writer Kathy Lette chooses Mae West for an episode of Great Lives from 2005.