Radio Times, November 2, 2013

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Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance

9.00pm BBC4

Mark Braxton

Documentary

While ITV lauds the King, a more overdue tribute is paid to Britain's Elvis. Declan McManus, as he was born, revisits childhood haunts before we're bundled through his expansive career. Archive film shows the angular persona with big specs who gave sharp words to punk rage, while Paul McCartney and Allen Toussaint recall the well-matched collaborations. Costello is candid: unwise decisions include taking his backing group the Attractions to a choreographer (see the results!) and extend to drunken, "despicable" words that could have ended his career. There are real treasures here (an early, live "Alison," the unreleased demo with Macca) but for one of pop's greatest lyricists, one hour just isn't enough.

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Radio Times, November 2 - 8, 2013


Mark Braxton previews the Mystery Dance documentary.

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