Country Nights (BBC4) the life of some true legends

Published On December 3, 2014 » 443 Views» By Jane Tyner » TV
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Country Nights on BBC4, introduced by the fabulous Dolly Parton, had my attention for a few hours.

Starting off with a documentary about Dolly Parton, including interviews with her family and friends, and featuring some of her best music. She really is the sweetheart of country music, and you can’t help but sing along. There’s something so uplifting about this genre of music, with its infectious beat and easy-to-follow lyrics. As well as being a famous singer, her theme park named ‘Dollywood’, keeps all her family employed. Also, coming from such a poor background, Dolly always gives back to her old nneighborhood

The next show was about John Denver, and amid interviews with his brother, manager, first and second wife, I realised that I’ve always been a fan, as song after song felt strangely familiar. A true legend, tragically killed in his own light aircraft, John Denver was not only a singer. He was also a presenter, television star and also starred in the classic film ‘Oh God’, with the equally legendary comedian George Burns. He was also a campaigner for world hunger, and environment issues long before the likes of Bob Geldof, Sting, Bono and Live-Aid. The next programmes cover other country singers so it is well worth watching to catch up with some of the greatest stars of country music.

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