In this new prime-time BBC Four series from Wall To Wall (a Warner Bros. Television Production UK Ltd Company), comedian Rhod Gilbert is confirmed to host the programme in which he embarks on a road trip across the country, on a mission to find the UK's Best Part-Time Band.
To help Rhod on his sonic journey, he has recruited Ultravox front man, Midge Ure, who heads home to Glasgow before taking in a tour of Northern Ireland and Wales. Championing the north of England is former New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook, and in the south of the country, Rhod is accompanied by legendary Soul II Soul producer Jazzie B. Along the way, they discuss the joy of service stations, rock ‘n' roll tour antics, riders, band dynamics, musical influences and some of the untold stories behind these music legends' greatest hits.
At the end of each road trip, five acts are selected for a regional battle of the bands, where they compete for a place in the Grand Final, to be broadcast on BBC Two, with one act finally being crowned ‘The UK's Best Part-Time Band', and the chance to perform at a BBC Music event in 2016.
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Episode 1x4; Jun 18, 2016
Comedian Rhod Gilbert, along with music legends Midge Ure, Peter Hook and Jazzie B, is on the hunt to discover the UK's best part-time band. The six finalists and their mentors go head to head in a battle of the bands at the Ritz in Manchester. From the regional heats, Midge Ure selected the finest from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales - the explosive ska of Bombskare and the down and dirty rock 'n' roll of Johnny Cage and the Voodoogroove. Hooky landed his two favourite bands from the north - spit-spattered punks Cadavers and the sun-drenched harmonies of the Caffreys. Jazzie rooted out the best from the south. The bands perform an original and a cover song for the Manchester audience who will vote to decide which band will be crowned the winner.
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