The Smith Lectures
7/8. Series showcasing the rather irreverent Professor Emeritus Arthur Smith , who today speculates on the 12 months ahead, with archive input by Eddie Izzard , Sid Kipper and others.
5/6. Panel show that sets out to prove that rock 'n' roll is the new comedy. Drummer Rowland Rivron , keyboard player Steve Brown , bass player Dave Catlin-Birch and bassist Guy Pratt are joined each week by two guests for studio jamming. This edition enlists the talents of Squeeze singer/ songwriter Chris Difford and TV personality Phill Jupitus. Repeated from Thursday
Professor Emeritus Arthur
2/4. American-music enthusiast Mark Lamarr tackles simpleton-and-shotgun stereotypes of redneck country music in this series devoted to the sounds of the mountains, the hillbilly, the banjo and the moonshine still. Bolstered by the recordings of Earl Scruggs, Charlie Louvin, Hank Williams III, Gretchen Peters, Joe Ely and Tom Russell, Lamarr illustrates how the genre owes as much to black slavery as does the blues, as poor whites forged a new sound with banjo playing learned from African slaves. He continues with a look at the rowdier aspects of the genre - drinking, fighting and hard living - as expressed by country giants such as Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and, more recently, Steve Earle. He also heads for Nashville and pines for its glory days.
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