The BBC is telling the remarkable story of how a global music sensation was born in Coventry.
2 Tone: The Sound Of Coventry has been commissioned by BBC England and is a co-production between Coventry UK City of Culture Trust and Full Fat Television, and is part of the BBC’s commitment to the cultural celebrations in Coventry this year.
It will air on BBC One across the West Midlands on Thursday 30 September and later in the year on BBC Two across the UK. The documentary tells the story of 2 Tone, the musical phenomenon that exploded out of Coventry onto the music charts around the world in 1979.
This special hour long documentary takes a deep dive into the history of the 2 Tone movement. It features a rare interview with Jerry Dammers, founder of 2 Tone, revealing why he launched this “DIY” independent record label from Coventry and how he came up with the ideas for the music and the style.
Aisling O’Connor, Head of TV Commissioning for BBC England says: “I grew up listening to The Specials and am a big fan of the vibrant music popularly known as 2 Tone. So I’m incredibly excited BBC England is part of telling this story. 2 Tone brought together black and white musicians and fans in a truly inspiring way. I’m proud that this programme allows us to play our part in supporting Coventry as it celebrates its multiculturalism, diversity and culture."
You can watch 2 Tone: The Sound Of Coventry on BBC One in the West Midlands on 30 September at 8.00pm and nationally on BBC Two later in the year.