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Rock 'n' Roll Guns For Hire: The Story of the Sidemen Rock 'n' Roll Guns For Hire: The Story of the Sidemen

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Guns For Hire: The Story Of The Sideman airs Fri 7 Jul on BBC-4

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“As a sideman, it’s your job to be invisible; you should be heard and not seen. You’ve got to know who you are and where you stand in the hierarchy. The hard thing for a sideman is that the better you are at your job the less people notice you, and that’s the whole point” – Keith Richards, The Story Of The Sideman.

David Bowie’s sideman of 40 years Earl Slick (Slicky) is our guide through one off documentary Rock ‘n’ Roll Guns For Hire: The Story of the Sidemen, that looks at the men and women behind some of the greatest songs of the 20th and 21st century. The Sidemen are often the forgotten ‘guns for hire’ that changed musical history.

The Story Of The Sideman is a unique account of what it feels like to live in the shadow of a star, a story of triumph and thwarted ambition. And it’s a story that has never been told. Through Slicky we will witness an alternative and unique view of rock and pop history with unprecedented interviews with some of the world’s most successful and famous frontmen, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Billy Joel as well as the sidemen past and present for Prince, David Bowie, John Lennon, Otis Reding, The Rolling Stones and Beyoncé.

Having worked with everyone from The Cure to the New York Dolls, from the Yardbirds to Eric Clapton and John Lennon as well as Bowie, Slicky shows us what it’s really like to be a Sideman, on stage, in the studio, and at home waiting for the phone to ring.

We learn how the perfect sideman is a solid, reliable and humble musician who allows their ego to be subsumed by the main star. That they must have an emotional and intellectual connection with their lead allowing their intuition to anticipate every move they make as well as the ability to learn an entire set list in a matter of days.

Image credit: Sean O’ Neil

Rock ‘n’ Roll Guns For Hire: The Story Of The Sideman airs Friday 7 July 2017 from 9.00pm-10.30pm on BBC Four

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Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape: Calabria (ITV 13 Dec 2017)

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Gino's Italian Escape Episode 7

In the penultimate episode of Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape, airing on Wednesday 13 December on ITV, Gino reveals the rugged and wild region that is Calabria. Its landscape is as breathtaking as the powerhouse ingredients it produces and this week it’s about fire and spice, with eye watering chillies, a new wonder salami, and then an Italian ingredient that is as English as they come. Join Gino as he explores this vast region by train, taking in the coast and the mountains, and creates two dishes in honour of this wild region.

In this eight-part series Gino is exploring the Mediterranean coast, from the glittering elegance of its cliff-top towns, to its mountainous rustic villages. He’ll be immersing himself in the rugged, wild islands, traveling along dramatic coastal roads, and across the sea, to reveal the best-kept secrets of this coast.

Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape Episode 7 (of 8) airs Wednesday 13 December 2017 from 8.00pm-8.30pm on ITV.

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Bancroft Episode 3 (ITV 13 Dec 2017, with Art Malik)

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Bancroft’s third espisode airs Wednesday 13 December at 9.00pm on ITV, and Bancroft is faced with a startling blast from the past, which brings the events from 1990 back to the surface. Meanwhile, Katherine wrestles with twists and turns of the new information she is uncovering. Bancroft secures Zaheera in safe accommodation and Daanish fulfils his part of the deal. Anya makes a surprising visit to an old friend. Katherine is faced with a chilling truth.

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Bancroft Episode 3 (of 4) airs Wednesday 13 December 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on ITV.

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Tamara’s World Episode 5 airs Wed 13 Dec on ITVBe

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In the fifth of sixth episodes of this ITVBe reality series, airing on Wednesday 13 December at 9.00pm, Tamara has to face her fear when she becomes the ambassador of a new charity and has to give a speech at a large black-tie event. Tamara also heads to Oslo to launch her line of hair products, and Sophia’s new-found independence leaves Tamara breaking new ground. Back in London, Jay hosts a games night for a group of his mates.

The series sees Formula One heiress and entrepreneur Tamara Ecclestone inviting viewers into her life.

Tamara’s World Episode 5 (of 6) airs Wednesday 13 December 2017 from 9.00pm on ITVBe.

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