music

The people behind the TV show playlists

When California-based HBO drama Big Little Lies hit screens earlier this year, it wasn’t the A-list cast or the aspirational architecture that got people talking.

The standout star of the series was its soundtrack, developed by director Jean-Marc Vallée and music supervisor Sue Jacobs.

The soul-inflected soundtrack is central to the series. It begins with Michael Kiwanuka’s Cold Little Heart playing over views of the Pacific Coast Highway and climaxes in the series finale, where Elvis’s back catalogue is weaponised in the power struggle between parents.

Billie JD Porter explores the power of music for Channel 4

The Channel 4 series is created and hosted by journalist Billie JD Porter, who will profile some of the most innovative artists around at the moment.

She will also document the wider stories about the power of music to inspire and bring about change within society.

Across the series Porter meets performance artist Mykki Blanco on his US tour in the Bible belt and speaks to the marginalised black LGBTQI communities in America.

Exploring the lack of female artists in grime, Porter will also shine a light on the disappearance of community youth spaces across the UK.

The power of Poldark: Anatomy of a hit

Reviving a much-loved drama series from a less competitive and less knowing TV era was never going to be easy. But everything fell into place for the team that resurrected the swashbuckling period romance Poldark, originally a big hit for BBC One in the mid-1970s.

Even the notoriously unpredictable Cornish weather played ball – and the show went on to spark a media sensation when the rebooted Ross Poldark took his top off.

Ten Pieces II Screening

Following the acclaimed first Ten Pieces film, Ten Pieces II showcases a new classical music playlist to fire the imaginations of secondary-aged children.

The centrepiece of the BBC's biggest ever music education initiative, this exciting film commissioned by BBC Learning
features stunning performances at the atmospheric Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.
The BBC Philharmonic, together with members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Hallé choir
perform alongside violinist Nicola Benedetti, trumpeter Alison Balsom and DJ Mr Switch.