Twentieth Century Troubadour

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A celebration of the extraordinary talent of the Belgian singer Jacques Brel, who died 25 years ago.

His songs were covered by David Bowie, Frank Sinatra and Shirley Bassey, but Brel's own work is rarely heard over here.

Presenter Philip Sweeney finds out why the British don't like chanson, and why the Belgians just don't care.