BBC America Gets Musical with John Lennon, The Clash, and More this December

Music fans are going to want to tune in to BBC America this December when the network brings viewers some of the best musical content the BBC has to offer in its ROCKINGHAM PALACE programming. The line-up will include the US premiere of WHEN HARVEY MET BOB, a dramatization of how two men brought about Live Aid, one of the most iconic music moments in the 20th century; documentaries about The Beatles and The Clash; a special day of programming devoted to honoring the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death; and the BBC America premieres of THE COMMITMENTS and BILLY ELLIOT.

When Harvey Met Bob: Starring Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows) as Bob Geldof and Ian Hart (Backbeat, Five Daughters) as Harvey Goldsmith, When Harvey Met Bob dramatizes the events that led up to the biggest televised international charity concert the world has ever seen. In October 1984, Bob Geldof arrived home to find his wife watching a BBC broadcast from the feeding camps in the Eritrea province. Deeply affected, Geldof moves into action. First he persuades a host of rock stars to give their name and talent for free to the Band Aid record – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” – which sells millions of copies. After returning from Ethiopia to ensure the proceeds from the record actually reach the starving, he realizes that so much more needs to be done, so he conceives the idea of a global music event to feed the world and partners with Harvey Goldsmith, the famous and well respected music promoter. When Harvey Met Bob follows the duo on a roller-coaster ride of struggles and emotion as they go from a mad-cap idea and a list of unconfirmed acts, to one of the most iconic events in modern history. When Harvey Met Bob premieres Thursday, December 30, 9:00 pm eastern/8 central.

John Lennon and The Beatles: This December also marks the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s tragic death. In honor of his monumental contribution to the music world, BBC America is airing a day of programming devoted to the artist. On December 8, the channel will broadcast three documentaries celebrating Lennon: the U. S premiere of The Beatles: From Liverpool to San Francisco, which follows the band’s rise to fame; the critically acclaimed documentary, Imagine: John Lennon; and the behind-the-scenes documentary, The Beatles Biggest Secrets. In addition, the channel will air the movie Backbeat, which stars Stephen Dorff and dramatizes the early history of The Beatles in Hamburg, Germany. The Lennon Anniversary programming starts on Sunday, December 8,
10:00 am eastern/9 central.

The Clash: BBC America will host the U. S. premiere of The Rebel Truce: The Clash, which recounts the history of one of the most influential British punk rock bands of all time. The film offers a glimpse behind the personalities of the band, their highs and lows, endless touring schedules and ultimately their global success. Through candid conversations with Clash front-man Mick Jones, as well as archive interviews with the band, this is the first time that the band’s full history is told. The Rebel Truce also features an interview with legendary punk filmmaker Don Letts, who shares his personal archive of unseen Clash footage. The Rebel Truce: The Clash premieres Sunday, December 12, 10:00 pm eastern/9 central.

The Commitments and Billy Elliot: Finally, December brings you the soundtracks of The Commitments and Billy Elliot with the BBC America premieres of each of the beloved films. The Commitments premieres Saturday, December 4, 7:30 pm eastern/6:30 central; Billy Elliot premieres Saturday, December 4, 5:00 pm eastern/4 central.