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Harry Styles at the BBC

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Summary

A one-off special in which the One Direction star performs tracks from his self-titled debut album, including the song that launched his solo career, Sign of the Times. In between numbers, he talks to Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw about his career to date, being a solo artist and the start of his acting career, having appeared in Christopher Nolan's acclaimed war movie Dunkirk earlier this year.

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Review

He’s familiar to most of us (it’s OK, you can admit it) as the “edgy” one in the stratospherically successful boy band One Direction, formed on The X Factor back in 2010 – but now Harry Styles is striking out on his own, as a nattily besuited purveyor of actually half-decent indie rock.

His self-titled solo album, released in May, eschewed the pop/R&B favoured by his former band mates – lead single Sign of the Times set out his stall: were those shades of Bowie, and Floyd, and even… Prince?

Now an ancient 23, Styles – who also made his acting debut this year in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk – is clearly being fast-tracked to national treasure status: he’s getting the “…at the BBC” treatment, joining the likes of Adele and Michael Bublé. This hour-long special sees Styles performing in front of a no doubt rabid studio audience, and chatting to his pal Nick Grimshaw about his life and career so far.

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PerformerHarry Styles
HostNick Grimshaw

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DirectorRichard Valentine
EditorGuy Freeman
Executive producerAnouk Fontaine
ProducerLawrie Jordan
ProducerJamie Sutcliffe

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