BBC commemorates anniversary of ABBA’s 1974 Eurovision win3 min read

ABBA’s Eurovision 50th anniversary celebrated at the BBC
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BBC say ‘Thank You For The Music’ with a spread of programmes commemorating ABBA’s 1974 Eurovision win

This spring sees the fiftieth anniversary of ABBA’s Eurovision Music Contest victory and the BBC will broadcast a spread of programmes on BBC Two, Radio 2, BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer.

Reflecting ABBA’s particular relationship with British music followers, BBC Two and BBC Pop Music TV current When Abba Got here To Britain, a documentary movie which shall be broadcast in early April as a part of a devoted Saturday night time of ABBA specials on BBC Two.

Untransmitted Interviews

When Abba Got here To Britain appears to be like on the magical time Agnetha, Anni-Frid, Benny and Björn spent within the UK from 1974 to 1982 and examines their ground-breaking legacy, from Eurovision to ABBA Voyage.

That includes beforehand untransmitted interviews with ABBA, this documentary takes an affectionate have a look at the continued love affair between the UK and the Swedish supergroup.

Waterloo Win

After profitable the Eurovision Music Contest with Waterloo in 1974, the band would ultimately discover international stardom, however their relationship with the UK stays distinctive.

The BBC was there in the beginning on the Brighton Dome in 1974 and on the finish of their preliminary chart-busting profession in 1982, with what was considered the band’s final look on BBC One’s The Late, Late Breakfast Present.

Via interviews with those that witnessed the ABBA story unfold, the movie will embrace a wealth of BBC and non-BBC performances, in addition to lengthy forgotten information footage, which all present how ABBAmania took maintain within the UK within the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties. The story is introduced updated with the quartet’s return to Britain in 2022, selecting to launch their ground-breaking ‘comeback’ live performance – ABBA Voyage – in London.

Particular Relationship

Rachel Davies, Commissioning Editor, BBC Pop Music TV says: “When ABBA got here to Britain is a love letter from this nation to the beloved Swedish super-group, celebrating the particular relationship we’ve as a nation with Benny, Björn, Agnetha and Anni-Frid. We concentrate on the tales of people who have been fortunate to be caught up of their world. A should look ahead to pop followers of all ages.”

When Abba Got here to Britain is a Smart Owl Movies manufacturing for BBC Two and BBC Pop Music TV.

Mark Robinson of Smart Owl Movies says: “There may be fewer bands, if any, who’ve straddled generations of British music followers in a extra spectacular manner than ABBA. This movie exhibits the enduring and sometimes emotional impression that ABBA have left on British followers and musicians throughout the a long time.”

Learn Extra: ABBA The Albums

Different BBC highlights embrace:

Extra ABBA on the BBC, that includes a efficiency of So Lengthy on High of the Pops that hasn’t been broadcast since 1974.

ABBA in Switzerland: 1979 Particular: In a present initially broadcast in 1979 on BBC One, ABBA star of their first European TV particular.

The Pleasure of ABBA: This documentary, first broadcast in 2013, explores how they raised the bar for pop music as a type and made us fall in love with the sound of Swedish melancholy.

Radio 2 launches a vote to find the listeners’ Final Abba Music.

Eras: ABBA: a model new collection of Eras devoted to the band and Sophie Ellis-Bextor: ABBA, My Supergroup. (BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds)

Learn Extra: The phenomenon of Swedish pop

As introduced just lately, BBC One will broadcast the function documentary, ABBA: Towards The Odds later in spring. The programme shall be produced by multi-award profitable documentary makers Rogan Productions (Freddie Mercury: The Remaining Act), directed by BAFTA and Emmy Award-winner James Rogan and distributed worldwide by BBC Studios.

For details about this 12 months’s protection of Eurovision on the BBC click on right here

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