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TV PICK OF THE WEEK
Lindisfarne’s Geordie Genius: The Alan Hull Story
Fridays are a veritable treasure trove for music fans on BBC Four, and this promises to be another little treat.
Brit Award-winner Sam Fender goes in search of a musical hero from another era – the late, great, Alan Hull of Lindisfarne, in this one-off BBC Four documentary.
He is surprised how few people outside of his native North East know about his hero’s work which is why he’s now on a mission to win back Alan’s place in music history.
In this film he traces the career of the man whose words and music put Newcastle and supergroup Lindisfarne on the musical map in the 1970s.
Sam digs out fascinating interviews, performances and unseen footage, and meets friends, family and bandmates who knew Alan best.
He also hears from famous names like Sting, Elvis Costello, Mark Knopfler, Dave Stewart and Peter Gabriel.
All were huge fans of songs such as Lady Eleanor, Fog On The Tyne, Winter Song, Clear White Light and Run For Home.
Sam is delighted to discover that Alan, who continued to write classic songs until his early death in 1995, has inspired an entire new generation of musicians, like Kay Greyson, a young rapper from Tyneside.
To his surprise, Sam discovers ‘‘Hully’’ also took the lead role in an acclaimed BBC TV play in the 1970s.
The film reveals a complex man: a political animal and an agitator, beset with his own insecurities but one who could break hearts and inspire minds with his lyrics and melodies.