Iconic British rock band Duran Duran take over BBC Four tonight. With exclusive access to the band, two newly-filmed documentaries bring incredible insights, showcase previously unseen archive footage and rare demo tapes, and reveal the thoughts and inspirations of the band across the decades.
This documentary features Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor – with archive footage of Andy Taylor – opening up about their extraordinary career, talking more candidly than ever before about the highs and lows they have endured together since they formed in Birmingham in 1978.
Duran Duran are one of the UK’s greatest and most enduring pop bands of all time. In the space of four years, five lads with one dream became the biggest band in the world. They went from playing at the Rum Runner, a small new-wave nightclub in Birmingham, to filling Japan’s Budokan stadium and arenas around the world. But this extraordinary success came at a price when, in 1985, the band imploded, the tolls of excess took over and creative differences caused them to fracture.
Charting their trajectory since they formed, the story is told through seven of their 14 groundbreaking albums – each one uncovering a compelling chapter in the band’s journey: the fame, the fortune, the meltdowns, the hits, the misses, the iconic videos, the tours, the fans, the partying and the supermodels. With intimate access to each band member, and previously unseen archive footage, the documentary reveals how their meteoric rise to fame at such a young age affected each of them – and how they have reclaimed their seat at the table with rock royalty.
It is a story of survival. Four decades on and the band are still getting Top 10 hits. The film looks at how they survived this incredible journey and how they still compete in today’s cut-throat pop business. It includes contributions from Cindy Crawford, Boy George, Mark Ronson, Nile Rodgers, Antony Price, Russell Mulcahy, Nick Egan and many more.
Boys On Film – A Night With Duran Duran’ continues at 10pm with Duran Duran: A Night In.
Duran Duran: There’s Something You Should Know – Thursday 9.00pm on BBC2