The Joy of the Single

Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

Which was your first one? Mine was the theme tune to The Flintstones, on orange vinyl! On this tribute to the seven-inch, 45rpm single, a suitably obsessive cast including Slade skipper Noddy Holder, studio boffin Trevor Horn and pop svengali Paul Morley chip in with their pivotal purchases. Anyone who’s ever pored over the sleeve, label or B-side will love this fanatical exploration, a tale of spin if ever there was one.

The 60th anniversary of the UK singles chart is marked at 10.30pm with another groovy whirl through the BBC archive. The Bee Gees, T Rex and the Spice Girls are just some of the selectees.

About this programme

Documentary taking a journey through the decades to celebrate cherished stories and memories associated with the music single. Artists including Jack White, Noddy Holder, Richard Hawley and Suzi Quatro reveal the powerful impact that singles have had on successive generations, from the rock 'n' rollers of the 1950s to the MP3 downloaders of today.

Cast and crew

Cast

Contributor
Noddy Holder
Contributor
Jack White
Contributor
Richard Hawley
Contributor
Suzi Quatro
Contributor
Holly Johnson
Contributor
Jimmy Webb
Contributor
Pete Waterman
Contributor
Norah Jones
Contributor
Mike Batt
Contributor
Graham Gouldman
Contributor
Miranda Sawyer
Contributor
Norman Cook
Contributor
Trevor Horn
Contributor
Neil Sedaka
Contributor
Paul Morley
Contributor
Rob Davies
Contributor
Lavinia Greenlaw
Contributor
Brian Wilson
Contributor
Mike Love

Crew

Director
Chris Rodley
Producer
Chris Rodley
Categories
Documentary