First Love

Series 2 - 2. Stephen Mangan

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Radio Times
Review by:
Jack Seale

Stephen Mangan is reunited with the guitar he stopped playing when adulthood got in the way. The instrument itself isn’t especially fraught with emotion for him, so initially we concentrate on the ludicrous task he’s been set: performing at the Cambridge Folk Festival with one of the genre’s finest exponents.

His warm-up gig is frighteningly bad. Will it be a case of bad dress, good performance? His humility and charm make you hope so – but this series also likes to use music as the route to the soul. In Mangan’s case, the song he’s been given is the spark.

About this programme

2/6. Stephen Mangan tries to rediscover his love of playing acoustic guitar before taking to the stage at the Cambridge Folk Festival to perform alongside Richard Thompson, the former guitarist with Fairport Convention.

Cast and crew


Stephen Mangan
Richard Thompson