Stephen Mangan

Series 2 - Episode 2 Stephen Mangan



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.


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 & Crew

Contributor Stephen Mangan
Contributor Richard Thompson