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They Write the Songs

Series 2

Episode 10: Holland-Dozier-Holland

Duration: 57 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 2Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 2

Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland are one of the greatest pop songwriting teams of all time. Barry Manilow looks at their contribution to Motown. Show more

They Write the Songs

Series 2

Episode 2: Cole Porter

Duration: 57 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 2Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 2

Barry Manilow celebrates Cole Porter, the wealthy, well-travelled playboy who triumphed over tragedy and wrote sophisticated, witty, wonderful music and lyrics. Show more

They Write the Songs

Series 2

Episode 3: Harry Warren

Duration: 57 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 2Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 2

Barry Manilow looks at the life and work of a man who wrote over 800 songs, scoring 42 top tens, 21 number ones and 11 Oscar nominations, yet few know his name - Harry Warren. Show more

They Write the Songs

Series 2

Episode 5: Johnny Mercer

Duration: 57 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 2Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 2

Barry Manilow celebrates Johnny Mercer, a musical colossus who wrote an unimaginable number of hit songs over a 40-year period, including the classic Moon River. Show more

They Write the Songs

Series 2

Episode 4: Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz

Duration: 57 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 2Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 2

Barry Manilow continues his series celebrating the lives and work of the great songwriters with two extraordinary songwriters, one amazing team - Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz. Show more

They Write the Songs

Series 2

Episode 9: Burt Bacharach and Hal David

Duration: 57 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 2Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 2

Barry Manilow celebrates the writers who mark the change from the classic writers of the Great American Songbook to a new post-Beatles era, Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Show more

They Write the Songs

Series 2

Episode 8: Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 2Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 2

Barry Manilow examines the work of British songwriting duo Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, who came together from opposite sides of the tracks. Show more

They Write the Songs

Series 2

Episode 1: Jerome Kern

Duration: 57 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 2Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 2

Barry Manilow returns with a second series celebrating the lives and work of the great songwriters, beginning with Jerome Kern, the man who took us from 3/4 to 4/4 time. Show more

They Write the Songs

Series 2

Episode 6: Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe

Duration: 57 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 2Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 2

Barry Manilow celebrates Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, two great writers of musical theatre whose work includes Camelot, Brigadoon and My Fair Lady. Show more

They Write the Songs

Series 2

Episode 7: Sammy Cahn

Duration: 57 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 2Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 2

Barry Manilow celebrates the lives and work of the great songwriters, looking at the man who grew up with vaudeville and went on to enjoy 23 Oscar nominations, Sammy Cahn. Show more