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: The Motown Invasion

The story of Motown's first British tour in 1965, when such acts as The Supremes and Stevie Wonder embarked on a tough schedule, but one that was vital to their success in the UK. Kicking off an evening of Motown-themed programmes.


Unknown: Stevie Wonder

: Motown at the BBC

A compilation of studio performances by some of Motown's greatest artists, marking the record label's 50th anniversary.
Featuring Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Jackson Five, The Four Tops and Stevie Wonder.


Unknown: Diana Ross
Unknown: Smokey Robinson
Unknown: Stevie Wonder.

: Standing in the Shadows ofMotown

Slick music documentary about the Funk Brothers - the session musicians who helped define the Tamla Motown sound. Review page 39.
Director Paul Justman (2002, PG)


Director: Paul Justman

: What's Going On: the Life and Death of Marvin Gaye

Insight into the tumultuous personal life of the successful soul singer, who was shot and killed by his preacher father in 1984. With contributions from fellow Motown legend Martha Reeves, songwriter Lamont Dozier and Gaye's two former wives. See panel.

What's Going On: the Life and Death of Marvin Gaye 10.45pm BBC4 DOCUMENTARY The soul star with a voice that could be soaringly sweet or searingly passionate was a mass of contradictions, as Jeremy Marre's brutally honest documentary - first shown in 2005 - shows: Gaye had sky-high self-conviction, but became consumed by paranoia to the extent that he believed every word of I Heard It through the Grapevine. Intelligent use of archive and interviews paints a rounded portrait of a supremely gifted man who was at war with himself and those he loved. Part of a Motown theme night. (Mark Braxton)


Unknown: Martha Reeves
Songwriter: Lamont Dozier

: Motor City's Burning: Detroitfrom Motown to The Stooges

How the blue-collar city produced two musical revolutions during the 1960s - the Motown label, which brought soul to a mass white audience, and the garage rock scene, which paved the way for punk. However, riots, drugs and Motown's decision to relocate meant Detroit's heyday did not last long.

: What's Going On

the Life and Death of Marvin Gaye: the life of the soul singer

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, you can navigate by issue.

Welcome to BBC Genome

Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in programmes, online etc.

This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

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