ABBA and ABBA related televisual delights (or not!) have featured or are about to feature on UK TV:
I Know Him So Well comic version released to raise money for charity
Worldwide superstar and huge Elaine Paige fan Susan Boyle teamed up with Peter Kay’s alter ego, Irish sex-change singer Geraldine McQueen to record Benny, Björn and Tim Rice’s I Know Him So Well from CHESS for the UK charity Comic Relief.
In addition, a carefully constructed music video which mimicked the original was made and was first broadcast during the television appeal show on 18 March.
As the evening drew to a close £74,360,207 had been raised which is the highest total reached on the night in Red Nose Day’s 23 year history.
The single entered the UK charts at number 11 last week but has plummeted to 34 this week despite the fact that there is a Freemasons’ Elektro-Funky-Grimestep-Balkan-Garagesale-Wobble-Nu-Bleep-Disco-Club-Mix-Dub remix also available for download. Yes, really!
Top of the Pops – a glimpse back in time
BBC4 are broadcasting a series of four programmes about the legendary pop programme Top Of The Pops (TOTP) which may be of interest to fans. Especially the first three, which feature ABBA.
Waterloo (live) in Big Hits, The Story of 1976 which is a pivotal year in ABBA UK history and there is also a two-minute slot from 20’40” which includes a live performance of Mamma Mia.
The third programme is the edition of Top of the Pops when Fernando entered the UK charts. Part of the video is shown and it is announced that ABBA will appear live next week. That edition will be shown on BBC Four due to the channel showing every edition of TOTP from 1976 on a weekly basis.
The shows first featured on BBC Four last Friday are available to watch on the BBC’s iPlayer service for around a week after broadcast OR you can catch the repeats on Thursday 7 April.
Mamma Mia! movie UK network TV première
Yes, of course it’s already been on satellite and cable but Saturday 9 April sees Mamma Mia! on a UK free to air channel for the first time. ITV1 and ITV1 HD are showing the film at 1900.
The movie, of course, stars Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski and Dominic Cooper and features cameo appearances by both Benny and Björn.
The Nation’s Favourite ABBA Song
Ahead of the Mamma Mia! movie showing, also on ITV1 on Saturday 9 April (1630) is a repeat of the programme that featured new interviews with Björn and Frida as they discussed the tracks that make up the UK’s Top 25 ABBA songs.
If you missed it on 5 December 2010, now you get a second chance!
And if that wasn’t enough, ABBA: the Mamma Mia! story is repeated on ITV1 on Sunday 10 April at 1535.