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BBC4 to broadcast new television documentary on Kate

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A new documentary about Kate’s career, called “The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill” will air on the BBC 4 TV channel on Friday 22nd August at 9.10pm – days before her return to the live stage on August 26th.

The documentary will explore Kate’s career and music from January 1978’s Wuthering Heights to her 2011 album 50 Words for Snow through the testimony of some of her key collaborators and those she has inspired. Contributors include those who have worked closely with Kate; Del Palmer, David Gilmour, Lindsay Kemp, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Stephen Fry and Nigel Kennedy.

Also exploring their abiding fascination with Kate are some of the musicians who have been influenced by her (St Vincent’s Annie Clark, Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes, Tori Amos, Outkast’s Big Boi, Guy Garvey and Tricky) and some writers and comedians who admire her (Jo Brand, Steve Coogan and Neil Gaiman).

It will be immediately followed at 10.10pm by a compilation of “Kate Bush at the BBC“. Both programmes will be repeated later that same night from 12.40am to 2.40am.

From the press release: “BBC Four continues its rich tradition of in-depth, original music documentaries featuring world class talent with single documentaries about Kate Bush, Northern Soul, and The Joy of the Guitar Riff…Kate Bush has always danced to her own tune and we love her for it…(the documentary) explores what makes this singer-songwriter unique through the recollections of her colleagues and friends as well as those she has influenced down the years.”

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  1. Daniel Collins

    I really want to see this, but I live in America. It would be nice if it aired over here, but I will probably end up watching on youtube.

    • TracyQ

      Same here, Daniel! Perhaps BBC America will show it eventually? Fingers crossed…

    • Gina Friar

      Me too. I am flying over to London from Houston to see the concert on 20th September with a life long friend and fellow fan. We’re both excited like young school girls, maybe because she had such an influence on us in our formative years growing from girls to women.

    • Joey

      Install the Hola plugin to your browser. Set it to UK and enjoy

      you’re welcome

    • Thomas Stockel

      You can see the documentary now on Youtube.

  2. rommi

    have a look for it on BBC iPlayer – the documentary will be up on that facility for at least 7 days afterwards and you can watch it again and again anywhere in the world..

  3. Karen

    If you live outside the UK, you can watch BBC4 here:

    You cannot watch BBC iPlayer outside the UK unless you use a proxy (as a Brit overseas, I know only too well). If you use Firefox browser, there is an add-on called Anonymox, which allows you to set it to a UK IP address, and then you can watch BBC 4 on catch up on iPlayer.

  4. Gregory chorlton

    I am really looking forward to these programmes
    Bit of a consolation for not getting tickets
    At least I seen her in 79
    Hope she will be as good as she was then

  5. neil

    Nice documentary and moving to see how she has touched peoples lives with her music.

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