'Richard Thompson - Walking On A Wire' on BBC2
10/8/2005 (updated 10/8/2005)

Richard Thompson - Walking On A Wire
BBC Radio 2 - 8.30pm - Tuesday October 11 2005

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The documentary is previewed here.

An in-depth interview and performance from songwriter and acoustic and electric guitarist Richard Thompson features in tonight's documentary, celebrating his life and work as a musician and writer.

Thompson plays guitar and sings songs ranging from Poor Ditching Boy, featured on his 1972 solo album, to a version of the Britney Spears hit Oops I Did It Again, and his comedy song My Daddy Is A Mummy.

Other interviewees featured in the programme include record producer Joe Boyd, who spotted the talents of a 17-year-old Thompson in Fairport Convention in 1967; Fairport's other guitarist Simon Nicol; the artist's first wife and musical collaborator during the Seventies, Linda Thompson; and American producer Mitchell Froom, who worked with Thompson on albums recorded in the States during the Eighties and Nineties.

Thompson has carved his particular niche in the world of music since his teenage years in the Sixties. The programme reflects 38 years of record-making, featuring ground-breaking tracks from Fairport Convention's classic folk-rock LP, Liege And Lief; the music made by Richard and Linda Thompson which spans the eight years from his debut, I > Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight, to their final album, Shoot Out the Lights; and songs from his prolific 25-year solo career. His current projects include a home-recorded album, Front Parlour Ballads, and his 1000 Years Of Popular Music stage show.

Producer: Kevin Howlett.