Better than the Original is a Documentary programme.

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Better than the Original

Documentary which celebrates the role of the cover version in the pop canon and investigates what it takes to reinvent someone else's song as a smash. Through ten carefully chosen cover versions that whisk us from the British invasion to a noughties X Factor final, this film journeys over five decades to track how artists as varied as The Moody Blues, Soft Cell, Puff Daddy and Alexandra Burke have scored number 1s with their retake on someone else's song. Each of the ten classic cover versions has its own particular tale, tied not only into its musical and cultural context but also the personal testimony of the artists, producers and songwriters whose lives were changed in the process. Narrated by Meera Syal, the film explores the stories behind such iconic hits as House of the Rising Sun, Respect, Tainted Love, I'll Be Missing You and Hallelujah, with contributors including John Cale, Gloria Jones, Marc Almond, Rick Rubin, Faith Evans and British singer-songwriter Nerina Pallot.

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

When is Better than the Original next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 March 3rd, 9:00pm and on BBC 4 March 4th, 12:35am. See more...