ABBA UK TV roundup

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

The charity single reached #11

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

BBC Four - ABBA on Top of the Pops

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

9 April - Mamma Mia! 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.

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Stellan Skarsgård hints at Mamma Mia! 2

In an interview with Stellan Skarsgård it is revealed by the actor that discussions have taken place, the studio definitely like the idea and it is now down to the creative team ("the three girls") to come up with an idea that everybody likes.

Remember folks, that rumours about a Mamma Mia! 2 will swirl around right up until if/when one is announced and it’s definitely best to take them all with a grain of salt. If, as Stellan mentions, discussions have taken place, then they will be at a very early stage of the process, for sure!

My thanks to Niclas for news of the article.

Stellan Skarsgård avslöjar: "Det kan bli en "Mamma Mia 2"

See Mamma Mia! at The O2 Arena in London

Mamma Mia! on a 100ft screen at the O2 arena

Mamma Mia! to be shown on a 100ft screen at The O2 Arena in January

PR release: A giant 100ft screen will be built so an audience of 12,000 can see their favourite movie in all its glory. The audience will be encouraged to dress up in their Mamma Mia! gear and also sing a long to all their favourite ABBA hits.

From West End smash to global phenomenon, Mamma Mia!, the stage show, has already been seen by over 40 million people in over 200 major cities across North America, Australia, Europe and Asia since opening over a decade ago in London. The three women who created the worldwide smash stage hit – global producer, Judy Craymer, writer Catherine Johnson and director Phyllida Lloyd – repeated their roles in bringing the joyful, musical story to the big screen.

The movie has replicated the stage success and has grossed over £69.16 million at the UK box office and has been seen by over 4.6 million people in London. It also is the highest grossing film of all time at the UK and Irish box office.

David Campbell, Chief Executive and President of AEG Europe, owners and operators of The O2, commented: "The success of Mamma Mia! the film in the UK is incomparable. It has successfully brought the infectious music of ABBA to an entirely new generation. My children are already tugging at my sleeve to make sure I get them tickets for what will be a brilliant afternoon out."

Simon Hewlett, Managing Director of Universal Pictures International added: "Universal Pictures are delighted that The O2 will be staging these epic screenings. Watching Mamma Mia! The Movie with a large audience is one of the most uplifting experiences you can imagine and an audience at The O2 is as big as it gets.’"

Mamma Mia! will be shown twice at The O2 on 24 January with both an afternoon and evening viewing.

Tickets for the screening are on sale now via www.theo2.co.uk or by calling 0844 856 0202

Win tickets to the Mamma Mia! Drive-In experience!!

Julie Walters, Meryl Streep and Christine Baranski in Mamma Mia!

Julie Walters, Meryl Streep and Christine Baranski in Mamma Mia!

All you have to do is answer a simple question and you and up to three friends could be going along to the world’s largest cinema screen to see Mamma Mia! – The Drive-in experience.

The winners will be sent a standard car ticket for the Mamma Mia! Drive-in experience. A car ticket is for a maximum of 4 people.

The movie will be shown on the following dates:

Mamma Mia! (2008) – Certificate PG

  • Sunday 8 November – 20.00 for 20.45 movie start
  • Saturday 14 November 20.00 for 20.45 movie start

One winner for the 8th and one winner for the 15th will be selected at random. The competition closes at midnight 30 October, 2009 (GMT).

The screenings will take place at Pinewood’s Paddock Lot.

All you have to do to enter is give your name, address, the date on which you wish to see Mamma Mia! and the answer to the following question:

In the movie of Mamma Mia! the part of Donna is played by:

  • A. Christine Baranski
  • B. Julie Walters
  • C. Meryl Streep 

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to Ranita Reeves and Michael Easterbrook who have won tickets to see Mamma Mia! at Pinewood Studios’ Paddock Lot on 8th and 14th November respectively. Pinewood Studios’ representatives will be in touch shortly.