Sunday, 5 August 2012

40 Light Years: October Date for Jeff Lynne Documentary

#383: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Nearly two years on after news broke of the proposed BBC4 Jeff Lynne Rockumentary, it appears that that this long-awaited two hour has now finally been scheduled for broadcast on Friday 5th October. The original BBC Press Release for BBC4 for Autumn into Winter 2010/2011 stated:

"40 Light Years: Charting the fascinating story of musical genius, singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne, this film celebrates 40 years since ELO's first groundbreaking hit recording. The programme follows the band through their successes, up to their brand new ELO album - their first for almost 10 years. With exclusive access to Jeff Lynne, this documentary charts his story from his early years in Birmingham with cult legends The Idle Race, through to his first UK chart success with The Move. It also investigates his international mega-stardom with ELO and beyond, with The Traveling Wilburys - Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Bob Dylan - Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, The Beatles, Del Shannon, Regina Spektor and many more."

This previous ELOBF article was in the process of being updated with details of the Spin CDs pricing when Yours Truly KJS noticed this statement in the Product Details overview:

"BBC will also air on TV, on the Friday before the release, a 120 minute documentary about Jeff Lynne. The documentary will cover the history and the legacy of the great musician and the influence that he had in the Pop and Rock music for the last 40 years. The Beatles surviving members, plus George Harrison's and Roy Orbison's widows will appear plus Joe Walsh, Tom Petty and many others. The new releases will be covered in full and the documentary also includes the video clip of the single ("Mercy Mercy") off the new album ("Long Wave")."

This exciting news is also being carried by our friends at and A Jeff Lynne And Related Blog. So there you have it folks: Two CD's, an LP, a two hour BBC Special all in advance of further 2013 releases including a "Live" ELO package as well as those much anticipated upgrades of "Armchair Theatre" and "Zoom". It's getting rather busy for ELO fans!

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 05-Aug-2012

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