As we reported back in early May, Coldplay are to feature in a documentary for the South Bank Show later this year, and details on the format of the show have emerged today, courtesy of Music Week.
The band will be seen in discussion with Melvyn Bragg in the autumn as he travels with them for six months, taking in their win at this year’s Grammy Awards, a tour throughout Japan, the Brit Awards and the War Child concert in London, where they performed with Bono, the Killers and Gary Barlow of Take That. Bragg will also be seen spending quality time with the band whilst they work on their next album in their north London studios, with Brian Eno who also produced Coldplay’s 2008 critically acclaimed album Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends.
The South Bank Show is in its final series, with the last South Bank Show Awards being transmitted in January 2010. Discussion on Coldplay's documentary is at the Coldplay forum here onwards [thanks worldtrav]
Coldplay recently made a live album free to download from their website in May which received over 3.5m downloads in the first six days of it being online. They will also be playing two sold out shows at Wembley Stadium in September, with support from Jay-Z, Girls Aloud and White Lies.
The South Bank Show is one of the few arts programmes currently airing on ITV. In the past year other arts commissions have included Aled Jones' Christmas Carols and religious art programme Faith in the Frame. In a statement earlier today, ITV said Bragg was discussing other potential projects with the broadcaster and the network would be "looking at opportunities for new arts programming".
An ITV spokesman added that it was already known that current contract for The South Bank Show was due to expire next summer, but said potential alternative roles may be found for staff members in other areas of ITV Studios. It is not clear how many people are currently employed by The South Bank Show but insiders believe it is somewhere between five and ten. The spokesman confirmed ITV would be looking for new arts programmes, with indies and producers welcome to pitch ideas to the relevant factual or entertainment commissioners "depending on what the idea is".
"We are always open to receiving pitches for new ideas, not only for arts but across all genres," he said.
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