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The Joy of the Single

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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.


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 & Crew

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
Director Chris Rodley
Producer Chris Rodley
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