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Not Like Any Other Love: The Smiths

Not Like Any Other Love: The Smiths; Wings Over the World

Sun May 12, 11-11.30pm, BBC2 & 9-10.15pm, BBC4

By Phil Harrison
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Truly, the sun shone out of their behinds. This ‘Culture Show’ special marks the thirtieth anniversary of the release of the Smiths’ debut single, ‘Hand in Glove’. If that’s not a sentence to make you feel absolutely bloody ancient, we don’t know what is. But the passing of time has proved Morrissey and Marr’s music to have true cross-generational appeal.

Why exactly do so many of us cherish this band so much though? Tim Samuels will be wandering around Manchester in search of answers, speaking to Simon Armitage, Wayne Hemingway and Noel Gallagher in the process. Might a trip to Salford Lads’ Club be in order too?

On the subject of bands with timeless, cross-generational appeal: Paul McCartney used to be in the Beatles. But the BBC isn’t showing a new documentary about the Beatles tonight (although one about ‘Love Me Do’ gets a repeat at 10.15pm). Its ambitions are bigger than that. Instead, the BBC is showing a documentary about Wings. Or, as Alan Partridge described them, ‘the band the Beatles could have been’.

‘Wings Over the World’ isn’t a documentary or a concert. It’s a concert film. Which probably means various Macca bangers such as ‘Jet’, ‘Band on the Run’ and ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ interspersed with dressing room, thumbs-aloft antics. Kiss My Face!
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