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7 Wonder lands BBC4 Interactive Music Series

7 Wonder is to produce a four-part interactive history format about pop music for BBC4

People’s History of Pop has launched as a website dedicated to music memorabilia, where fans are able to share memories including video and audio footage, ticket stubs, posters and diary entries from their youth.

7 Wonder lands BBC4 Interactive Music Series

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The site will be used as a resource for the 4 x 60-minute series which will subsequently air across 2016, with one episode scheduled for each quarter.

Each programme will be fronted by a different presenter and cover a different decade, kicking off in 1956 with a show dedicated to skiffle and rock’n’roll. It will conclude in 1996 with a raft of optimistic pop music.

7 Wonder has partnered with not-for-profit platform Historypin to develop the People’s History of Pop website, with producers also planning to attend events and festivals across the country to capture the memories of music fans. Some of these stories will be broadcast on BBC 6 Music and Radio 2.

7 Wonder lands BBC4 Interactive Music Series

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People’s History of Pop was ordered by BBC4 channel editor Cassian Harrison and head of commissioning for music TV Jan Younghusband. It will be executive produced by 7 Wonder’s Steve Condie and produced by Zoe Jewell and James Giles.

“With our call out for musical memories and memorabilia and our innovative website we are making a new kind of social history programme and offering everyone a chance to share their part in the musical brilliance which is one of Britain’s greatest achievements,” Condie said.


This article was published in Broadcast Now on 15 September 2015 written by Alex Farber