Friday, 22 March 2019

Behind The Scenes: PJ Harvey

BEHIND THE SCENES: PJ HARVEY (320kbs-m4a/64mb/28mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 12th February 2019

John Wilson follows PJ Harvey as she creates the score for a new West End theatre production of All About Eve.

Singer songwriter Polly Jean Harvey is the only artist to have twice won the Mercury Prize for Album of the Year – for Stories from the City, Stories From the Sea in 2001 and Let England Shake a decade later. After 12 critically acclaimed albums and more than 25 years as an international touring artist, she is now focussing on her work as a soundtrack composer, having written scores for theatre and television for more than a decade.

Starring Gillian Anderson (making her first return to the stage since her acclaimed 2014 performance in A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (star of Downton Abbey and Mama Mia), All About Eve is one of the most anticipated theatrical events of 2019. Adapted from the 1950 film, which was nominated for 14 Oscars and won six including Best Actress for Bette Davis, it’s a story of an ageing Broadway star and a young fan who usurps her place in the spotlight.

Over several weeks in the run up to opening night, Polly shows John how she works at home, writing and recording demos for the soundtrack to the play, and how one musical element of the original film – Liebestraume by Franz Liszt – has become the creative touchstone for her own compositions.

Presented and Produced by John Wilson.
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4


  1. Hi, quick query, nothing to do with Polly, but would you happen to have any archived 'late junctions' lying about would you? I've just had a semi-catastrophic disk failure and have lost som..

  2. hi gordon. i hav all masters/full progs ov the stuff i'v posted plus a couple more

  3. ok, let me check what I'm really looking for -rather than the whole lot, is there anything you're needing?

  4. nothing i need thanx gordon. if u click on the "swampweb" link u can contact me & i'll hav yr email, so can then use wetransfer to send them over

  5. hi, msg you over on swampweb, atm looking for any LJ from 2018-10-23 to 2019-02-14. even getting just
    one back would be wonderful..

  6. ah! phew! hold off on that, have managed to piece together stuff from my crashed HD. all is good. thank you VERY much for your help!!