The series which recreates the unknown musical life of a famous figure from the past, discovering and recording their favourite songs – including songs they themselves composed.
The Playlist Series is back in 2013 for its third run. We’ll be hearing the music of the Duke of Wellington, Nell Gwyn and, in a programme recorded at his cottage in Helpstone, the poet John Clare.
In the first series, we heard extracts from Dickens’ little-known operetta; Samuel Pepys’s haunting love song; drinking songs written by Benjamin Franklin; music written for Emma Hamilton; and the music Jane Austen played every morning. In the second series we recreated the favourite music of Thomas Hardy, Robert Burns, Oscar Wilde and Queen Victoria – recorded on her gold piano in Buckingham Palace. Later in 2012 special editions of the Playlist series explored Shakespeare and James Joyce. With expert contributors, all recorded on location.
Series 1 – 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th December 2010, BBC Radio 4.
Series 2 – 19th & 26th November and 3rd & 10th December 2011, BBC Radio 4.
Series 3 – 14th, 21st and 28th December 2013 at 10.30am, BBC Radio 4.