Interesting TV programmes

Monday, 24 December 2007 14:55 Written by

The following programmes might be of interest. They will be screened by BBC4 in January:

FILM: Beat Girl
On: BBC 4 (107)
Date: Friday 11th January 2008
Time: 19:40 to 21:10 (1 hour and 30 minutes long)

Grim crime story about rootless, disaffected youth in the early 1960s. When a rebellious teenager - apparently shy and withdrawn but in fact leading a double life - falls under the spell of a Soho strip-club owner, the result is murder.

Director: Edmond T. Greville
Starring: Noëlle Adam, Nade Beall, Margot Bryant, Adam Faith, David Farrar, Shirley Anne Field

DOCUMENTARY: Pop Britannia
On: BBC 4 (107)
Date: Friday 4th, 11th, 18th January 2008 and various repeats
Time: 22:00 to 23:00 (1 hour long)

Three-part documentary series telling the story of British popular music and its place in British culture since the 1950s.

MUSIC: Juke Box Jury
On: BBC 4 (107)
Date: Monday 7th January 2008
Time: 21:30 to 22:00 (30 minutes long)

Classic 1950s and 60s pop music show in which a panel votes hit or miss on the new releases they are played. David Jacobs presents, with Nina and Frederik, Jill Ireland and David McCallum on the panel.

MUSIC: Six Five Special
On: BBC 4 (107)
Date: Thursday 10th January 2008
Time: 21:00 to 22:00 (1 hour long)

Josephine Douglas and Pete Murray introduce a classic 1960s pop programme. Features Eric Delaney and his band, Chris Barber and his Jazz Band, Don Lang and his Frantic Five, Michael Holliday, Spike Milligan, Freddie Mills and Deep River Boys.  

Hammett at BFI South Bank

Monday, 17 December 2007 14:54 Written by


Hammett is being shown at BFI South Bank

Screenings 9 - 26 January:
Wed 9 Jan 20:30 NFT3
Fri 11 Jan 20:40 NFT3
Tue 15 Jan 20:45 NFT1
Tue 22 Jan 11:00 NFT2
Sat 26 Jan 14:50 NFT1

Exclusive online interview with Don Black

Saturday, 01 December 2007 14:53 Written by

Don Black interviewStage and Screen Online has been created by Tommy Pearson and Edward Seckerson, to continue delivering high-quality, in-depth interviews and knowledgeable reviews that were the mainstay of their popular BBC Radio show, Stage and Screen. Both are well-known and respected broadcasters on their subjects; Pearson on film music, Seckerson on musical theatre. S&S Online presents the opportunity to deliver specialist interviews to a worldwide audience - interviews that cannot be heard anywhere else.

Click here to access an exclusive interview with Don Black, during which he talks about his highly successful song-writing partnership with John Barry.

Auxerre Festival conference with John Barry

Saturday, 17 November 2007 14:51 Written by

November 17-25 , 2007

Auxerre Festival conference

We have TV news clips links, photos and a report (by Alan More) from the John Barry festival conference and concert at Auxerrexpo, France, as part of Festival International Musique et Cinéma, 16 & 17th November.

If you have information or photos, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thank you.

John Barry in Auxerre, November 17, 2007
John Barry in Auxerre, November 17, 2007

The concert

National TV France 2, and regionale TV France 3 Bourgogne had items about the occiasion and concert. Links and screen captures can be found on our Auxerre page.

John Barry conducting in Auxerre, 17 November 2007
John Barry  in Auxerre, 17 November 2007

Award John Barry a Knighthood petition

Thursday, 08 March 2007 14:49 Written by


Sign a petition

This facility is only open to British citizens or residents or ex-pats. But I thought everybody might like to see it and sign if you are eligible and think it's a good idea.

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to award John Barry a Knighthood. More details. Submitted by Geoff Leonard
- Deadline to sign up by: 08 March 2008 -

UK Top Twenty (Record Mirror, week ending Saturday, 24 November, 1962)

(previous chart's position in brackets)

(1) 1. Lovesick Blues - Frank Ifield
(2) 2. Let's Dance - Chris Montez
(3) 3. Swiss Maid - Del Shannon
(4) 4. Telstar - Tornados
(6) 5. Bobby's Girl - Susan Maughan
(5) 6. Venus In Blue Jeans - Mark Wynter
(7) 7. The Loco-Motion - Little Eva
(9) 8. Sherry - Four Seasons
(12) 9. Devil Woman - Marty Robbins
(18) 10. Dance With The Guitar Man - Duane Eddy
(8) 11. Ramblin' Rose - Nat King Cole
(11) 12. It Might As Well Rain Until September - Carole King
(14) 13. No One Can Make My Sunshine Smile - Everly Brothers
(10) 14. Sheila - Tommy Roe
(13) 15. Sun Arise - Rolf Harris
(19) 16. Oh Lonesome Me - Craig Douglas
(15) 17. I Remember You - Frank Ifield
(-) 18. Love Me Tender - Richard Chamberlain
(-) 19. James Bond Theme - John Barry Orchestra
(16) 20. What Now My Love? - Shirley Bassey

Amy Foster (Swept From The Sea) at BFI

Sunday, 28 October 2007 14:46 Written by

Amy Foster (Swept From The Sea) is being shown at BFI South Bank, as part of a Joseph Conrad season.

Tue 20 Nov
NFT2 8.40PM Amy Foster

Thu 22 Nov
NFT2 8.45PM Amy Foster

Box Office 020 7928 3232

Official John Barry tribute from France

Monday, 15 October 2007 14:44 Written by

Stéphane Lerouge, producer, who organizes and programs the Festival Musique et Cinéma d’Auxerre, the only French festival devoted to film music writes:

"The Festival will take place in Auxerre from November 14th to 17th and will welcome John Barry, with a symphonic concert conducted by Nicholas Dodd.

For this occasion, we will gather many friends and directors of John. He will also take part in a discussion about his conception of film music writing.

In order to take advantage of his coming to France, the French Minister of Culture will award him the degree of Commander in the Arts and Letters’ order.

This will be more than a concert but an official tribute from France to his talent and career."

John Barry to appear at Festival conference, Auxerre

Wednesday, 10 October 2007 14:44 Written by

It has been confirmed that John will be making a personal appearance at the concert of his music (conductor Nicholas Dodd) on 17th November at Auxerrexpo, France, as part of Festival International Musique et Cinéma.

The previous evening John will take part in a festival conference at 4.30 p.m.

A deal with Universal (France)

John is said to be looking to sign a deal with Universal (France) to make two non-film soundtrack albums for them. One will be based on reflections of his early life and the other more jazz-influenced.

John Barry médaillé

Wednesday, 03 October 2007 14:42 Written by

Chistine ALBANEL, la Ministre de la Culture, a officiellement annoncé à John BARRY qu’il sera intronisé Commandeur dans l’Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres à l’occasion du huitième Festival International Musique et Cinéma qui lui rendra hommage.

Christine Albanel, the Minister for Culture, officially announced to John Barry that he will be established Commander in the National Order of Arts and Letters at the time of the eighth International Festival Music and Cinema who will pay tribute to him with a concert of
his music.

More on the concert below.

Nicholas Dodd in John Barry concert

Sunday, 16 September 2007 14:38 Written by

Nicholas Dodd will be in concert in France on November 17th, 2007 for a tribute to John Barry. The presence of JB himself is yet to be confirmed.

More info on: http://www.festivalmusiquecinema.com/2007/page.php

The Alan Bown Set Before and Beyond

Wednesday, 05 September 2007 14:31 Written by

Alan Bown Set A review by Geoff Leonard
6 September 2007

This is the second book to be written by or about a former leader of The John Barry Seven. And, just as in the case of Bobby Graham’s effort, this joint biography by Jeff Bannister & Alan Bown is thoroughly recommended.

Whether you are fans of the Alan Bown Set, of that music or that era in general, or are merely curious about life with the JB7 after the Vic Flick/Bob Graham era, this is the book for you.

Of particular interest to John Barry fans will be the account of Alan & Jeff joining the band, the comings and goings of various members, tales of touring the UK & Germany with the likes of Billy Fury & Brenda Lee, their on-stage repertoire (which had changed markedly from Vic Flick days), and the sad demise of the band when John Barry decided it had run its course.


Film Music Documentary Featuring John Barry

Tuesday, 17 July 2007 14:31 Written by

Gregg Hamerschlag, Producer, has let us know in the discussion forym that he has "just completed a documentary for public television entitled "Lights, Action, Music!" and it features some great interviews with John Barry. (He was a wonderful interviewee)

The show will air on WLIW in NY on August 6th at 9:30PM and is all about music in film through the eyes of some of Hollywood's greatest composers and directors. Please check your local listings, as the show will hopefully get picked up by affiliates throughout the country.

There are also 2 hours of bonus footage, including all of John Barry's interview, that comes with the DVD which is available after the show. More in our forum...

Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown John Barry concert

Sunday, 24 June 2007 14:30 Written by

Here are a few photos taken by Gareth Bramley. Please do not copy.

Also see Graham Rye's report A Tonic for the Heart on his 007 Magazine website.

Last Valley finally on CD

Sunday, 24 June 2007 14:28 Written by

(info from Intrada website)

The Last Valley - CDLabel: Intrada Special Collection Volume 46
Dates: 1970
Tracks: 15
Time = 37:29

World premiere CD release of actual John Barry soundtrack for James Clavell epic set in 1637 Germany during Thirty Years' War, starring Omar Sharif, Michael Caine.

John Barry anchors with not one but two distinct ideas: First heard is propulsive, dynamic theme for brass, large chorus. Second is rich, sweeping valley theme for strings, woodwinds. Adding further contrast are dark ideas for plague sequences, rhythmic action cues for battle scenes.

CD offers masterful original 1970 Dunhill LP presentation from original master tapes stored in UMG vaults. Companion to same composer's THE LION IN WINTER balances intense excitement with rich serenity.

John Barry conducts.
Special Collection limited release of 3000 copies.

01. Main Title Theme (3:07)
02. The Last Valley (2:50)
03. The Shrine (1:45)
04. An Evening Song (1:57)
05. The Plague Pit (2:24)
06. The Village Attack (2:52)
07. A Children's Song (1:46)
08. Attack at Rheinfelden (1:11)
09. Main Title Theme - Part 2 (3:37)
10. The Last Valley - Part 2 (2:38)
11. A Christmas Song (2:24)
12. Witch Burning (1:40)
13. An Offertory Chant (2:38)
14. Vogel Leaves the Valley (1:20)
15. Death of the Captain/End Title (4:52)

Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown John Barry concert

Saturday, 16 June 2007 14:27 Written by

A concert of John Barry's music is set to take place on June 21st at the Royal Festival Hall, London, as part of Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown.

Nicholas Dodd has been named as principle conductor, and although we understand John will conduct a couple of pieces, nothing is guaranteed.

Tickets are still available but the event is selling-out fast. If you're interested in meeting up with fellow fans on the day, please see the recent messages on the Yahoo discussion group

We understand the forthcoming DVD release of Mary, Queen of Scots (see our our DVD page) will include an isolated music track.

During the parts of the film without music, film music writer Jon Burlingame will host a discussion with as yet unknown members of the crew. He has done this successfully on the recent releases of the Sand Pebbles and Von Ryan's Express, which also have isolated music tracks.

John Barry 4CD set - "Themependium" released in UK

Saturday, 16 June 2007 14:23 Written by

 The John Barry 4CD set - "Themependium" has now been released in the UK.

All but two of the one-hundred tracks (The Last Valley & Raise The Titanic) are by John Barry with his Seven or Orchestra.

A few tracks, particularly on CD4, are Barry's own re-recordings, not the original soundtrack versions.

Themependium - John Barry - Click to enlarge    John Barry 0- Themependium track list - click to enlarge

Zina Saro Wiwa talks to composer John Barry

Thursday, 07 June 2007 14:22 Written by

On: BBC 2
Date: Saturday 9th June 2007 (starting in 3 days)
Time: 19:20 to 20:10 (50 minutes long)

Arts and culture magazine. A special edition presented by Lauren Laverne, focusing on the reopening of the Royal Festival Hall after a two-year refit. Tom Dyckhoff and Verity Sharp assess its impact when first built and now. Jarvis Cocker reveals the reasons for his choices for the Meltdown festival, Billy Bragg talks about RFH's socialist roots, and Zina Saro Wiwa talks to composer John Barry. Plus, interviews with Ken Livingstone, Vanessa Mae, John Rankin, Peter Mandelson and Jamie Cullum.

(Stereo, Widescreen, Subtitles)

afawk a general interview conducted in NY.

Petulia at NFT

Tuesday, 01 May 2007 14:22 Written by

Petulia is showing as part of a Julie Christie season at the National Film Theatre (now known as BFI Southbank) in London on

Sunday 13 May 8.30pm NFT3
Wednesday 16th May 6.10pm NFT3

Concerts featuring the music of John Barry will take place on April 27, 28 and 29 in L'Auditori, Barcelona (Spain).
The program is the following:

First part:

1. Out of Africa (Theme)
2. The Lion In Winter (Suite: Allmolto - Moderato - Andante)
3. Somewhere In Time
4. Raise The Titanic (End Titles)
5. Body Heat
6. Zulu (Suite)
7. Moviola
8. Midnight Cowboy
9. Born Free (Suite)
10. Dances With Wolves

Second Part:

3. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE - 007 Takes the Lektor.
4. GOLDFINGER - Alpine Drive/Dawn Raid at Fort Knox.
6. YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE - Mountains and Sunsets/Capsule in Space.
7. ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE- We Have All the Time in the World. Ski Chase.
9. OCTOPUSSY - Suite.

The Very Best Of John Barry new CD

Saturday, 17 February 2007 14:19 Written by

The Very Best of John BarryThe Very Best Of John Barry
release date March 19, 2007.

Here are the track details of the forthcoming CD, The Very Best Of John Barry.

The CD will have a booklet contribution from JB fan Jonathan Ross.

Meanwhile, the box-set is still being compiled!

The Very Best of John Barry

1. The James Bond Theme
2. Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey
3. Midnight Cowboy - Main Theme
4. Out Of Africa - Main Title (I had a Farm in Africa)
5. The John Dunbar Theme - (Dances With Wolves)
6. You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra
7. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
8. The Ipcress File
9. A View To A Kill - Duran Duran
10. The Girl With The Sun In Her Hair
11. 007
12. Zulu - Main Title Theme
13. The Knack
14. Chaplin - Main Theme
15. The Lion In Winter - Main Title
16. Moviola
17. The Persuaders
18. Seance On A Wet Afternoon
19. Born Free - Matt Monro
20. Thunderball - Tom Jones
21. Somewhere In Time
22. The Beyondness Of Things
23. We Have All The Time In The World - Louis Armstrong
24. Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey

Following the postponement last year we are pleased to announce that the two John Barry projects are now back in the record company's schedules.

The "Best of" compilation is set for a March 2007 release and the box-set probably a month or so later.

Once we have full details of all the tracks we will post the details here - assuming, of course, we get permission!

The "best of" CD probably won't have any surprises for the dedicated fan, but it will be a rare opportunity for a cross-label compilation.

On the other hand, the box-set should contain some rarities (on CD) though with licensing still taking place, nothing can be certain.

John Barry - The Man with the Midas Touch - update

Tuesday, 16 January 2007 14:17 Written by

Just an update to inform everybody that the book is finished, certainly as far as the text is concerned. It's just a question of negotiating the use of a few photos before we can turn it over to a publisher. So hopefully, the book will be available at the start of UK summer.

It's possible sales will be restricted to on-line purchasing, either direct from ourselves, or via reputable sites such as Amazon, FSM etc. The main reason for this should suit us all. If we leave out the middle-men, i.e. wholesalers and distributors, we have a far greater chance of recouping our costs. Also, retailers like Virgin & W.H. Smiths insist on a massive discount of around 40% before they will even consider stocking your book. It didn't happen in the end, but we worked out if Virgin had bought the 50 copies they were considering, we would have made £1 a book!

If we can sell enough copies direct to the fans, we can afford to charge less for the book! So it all makes perfect sense.

John Barry - The Man With The Midas Touch

The Black Hole available on iTunes

Friday, 12 January 2007 14:15 Written by

10 new Walt Disney Records titles are being uploaded to iTunes.
Amongst them – JAN 16 2007

The Black Hole - iTunes
>This is a scan of the LP cover

1. The Black Hole Soundtrack - NOT PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE

According to Randy Thornton (producer of numerous Disney film score and theme park releases), Barry's THE BLACK HOLE will be included in the next batch of iTunes-only releases from Walt Disney Records coming 1/16.

He also provides some insight into the original digital recording and subsequent transfer for iTunes:

"Now before someone cries foul, I will explain the status of "The Black Hole Soundtrack". Though this was the first digitally recorded soundtrack, the digital technology of 1979 is not compatible with digital technology of today (or even 1982 when CD's were introduced). This soundtrack was recorded with 4bit resolution at 32kHz sampling, thus making a pure digital release not only impossible, but any attempt to upsample or convert them would result in a recording far worse than the analog conversion that was done at the time. The reason it has taken me so long to get this soundtrack re-released is that I wanted to make absolutely sure that there was no way I could use the original digital recordings. I also couldn't include more of John Barry's score than was originally released - as the album, as it stands, is all that was legally cleared for release. I did, however, hunt down the original analog transfer from 1979, digitally transferred and restored at 24/96 and re-created the album's original content. I know some of you more 'passionate' will still be disappointed, but there is nothing more anyone could do. Still, even at the iTunes 128kbs compression, the album has never sounded better!"

Thanks to Doug Lacey for the information.


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Specialising in book publications and CD releases about John Barry and our book "Hit ans Miss: The Story of The John Barry Seven.

PIA website

Have a look at our old "Play It Again" label website here.

Play It Again Records CD catalogue offered the discerning listener a wide choice of digitally re-mastered recordings from film and television, and rare collections of work from the likes of Don Black and Ron Grainer.


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Lots of CD's, LPs, cassettes for sale, new and used. Decent prices.

Gareth Bramley's Aladdin's cave of television and film themes; the ones you missed and the ones you need.

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The James Bond Concert Spectacular

31 Oct 2021

New Theatre Royal, Lincoln (with Caroline Bliss)
Book tickets on the theatre website

21 Nov 2021

Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone (with Caroline Bliss)
Book tickets on the theatre website

18 Dec 2021

St. George’s Hall, Bradford (with Caroline Munro)
Book tickets on the theatre website

20 Feb 2022

Princes Hall, Aldershot (with Madeline Smith)