Won­der at the ge­nius of Ste­vie

STE­VIE WON­DER: A MU­SI­CAL HIS­TORY BBC4, 10pm

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FOR­GET your YouTu­bers and Spo­tify for a mo­ment – after this you’ll be dig­ging out your records or CDs and rem­i­nisc­ing about a golden age of mu­sic.

Ev­ery­one loves Ste­vie Won­der. Even if you think you don’t, you prob­a­bly do and will cer­tainly know most of his hits.

The 68-year-old Amer­i­can star has sold 100 mil­lion records and as a singer, song­writer, pro­ducer and ar­ranger, he has an un­ri­valled

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With 30 US top ten hits and 25 Grammy Awards un­der his belt, few can com­pare in the his­tory of pop­u­lar mu­sic.

This one-off film is ba­si­cally a gush­ing trib­ute to the singer, jam-packed with his hit mu­sic and fea­tur­ing sev­eral celebri­ties who wax lyri­cal about his ge­nius.

Scis­sor Sis­ter Ana Ma­tronic says: “The word ge­nius gets bandied about a lot. But in the case of Ste­vie Won­der, hands down, un­be­liev­able mu­sic vir­tu­os­ity.”

Ac­tor Martin Freeman is equally in awe. “He’s as­tound­ingly good, gen­uinely spe­cial,” he says. “I will never stop lov­ing him. The sheer unadul­ter­ated joy of his per­for­mance is rare.”

Singer James Mor­ri­son adds: “When I heard him sing for the first time, it changed ev­ery­thing I knew about mu­sic.”

Rarely does any­one get such rave re­views.

The film flashes for­wards and back­wards through the decades, giv­ing us clips, con­cert footage and in­ter­views with oth­ers in­clud­ing singers Alexan­der O’Neal, Beverley Knight and Corinne Bai­ley Rae, DJs Trevor Nel­son and Nor­man Jay and Heaven 17’s Mar­tyn Ware.

But mainly you’ll just ap­pre­ci­ate an hour of TV with an inim­itable sound­track.

Ste­vie Won­der on stage, above, and ar­riv­ing in Lon­don L in 1974, left

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