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Ian Gillan being interviewed for the BBC4 documentary Heavy Metal Britannia

Jon Lord being interviewed for Heavy Metal Britannia BBC4 documentaryLast weekend BBC Channel 4 have aired a documentary called Heavy Metal Britannia that covers the earlier history of development of the hard and heavy music on the island, from You Really Got Me to The Number Of The Beast. A number of key figures of the era recall their first hand memories, including our own Ian Gillan and Jon Lord, as well as Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Mick Box, Rob Halford, Lemmy, Biff Byford, and Bruce Dickinson.

The documentary will be available for another 6 days for online viewing from the BBC. That is, if they think your internet connection is sufficiently “British”. The rest of us who would like to see it have to resort to other means.

Thanks to Daniel Bengtsson for the info.

13 Comments to “Heavy Metal Britannia”:

  1. 1
    Gary says:

    I notice one name missing from that very impressive list: Ritchie Blackmore.

  2. 2
    fra says:

    saw it on sunday night, was surprised DP got so much credit. nothing new, but overall a well done documentary and a nice 90mins of entertainment

  3. 3
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I conclude for now that it is best to WAIT untill someone does put in on YouTube.
    Less hassle
    Less dangers.

    Take care folks.


  4. 4
    Ray says:

    My dad called me that he has seen a documentary about Deep Purple on the English TV, so I thought it would be this one. After my father had seen this one, he replied to me that this wasn’t the one that was broadcasted. Perhaps I missed something out? Maybe a rerun? Thanks in advance!

  5. 5
    Rascal says:

    As part of this series they also showed the Deep Purple Family Tree documentary.

  6. 6
    Dennis Hanna says:

    BBC 4 had “Heavy Metal” nights last Thursday/Friday, during which various documentaries were shown including the one mentioned above. The following evening they also re-ran the 1995 documentary featuring Deep Purple called “Rock Family Trees.” Most of the other stuff featured two documentaries about Iron Maiden. Wonderful stuff! Well done the Beeb.

  7. 7
    GillanisedGer,Assen,Netherlands,age 52 says:

    New update about how Ronnie James Dio is doing :
    Cheers to you all.

  8. 8
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Good to read about Ronnies progress.

    I am VERY GLAD to hear as well that Craig Goldy is still in the picture.

    What brings us to the question…..

    With the prolonged Heaven And Hell adventures, well thats what I understood by now, will there be an NEW DIO album?
    Hopefully recording and touring it with Craig.
    Amd what about the trilogy of MAGICA?
    Or the ELF album which was suggested years ago already?

    Eagerly awaiting……

    Ronnie, thumbs up from Holland and Belgium!!!

  9. 9
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Yesterday I found a clip on YouTube by DIO called ELEKTRA.

    People say its a new one, recorded just before he got ill and that it is intended for the trilogy of MAGICA

    But I also read it is part of the TOURNADO BOX, which has been on sale since the end of 2009, I think.

    First I felt puzzled because I did not know what it was.
    During the days the gig in Tilburg or 013 got cancelled the TOURNADO name surfaced and THEN I thought it was the name of an supportact or something.
    Did not bother for many weeks.

    Only later I found on the DIO site that IT IS theirs and it included material from mainly the KILLING THE DRAGON period.
    But also that it was meant to be only for sale at the now cancelled tour with Doug.

    Well, thats what I understood.

    I m not a fan of the hired hand fiddler Doug Aldritch and thought…well hopefully thats that and maybe we ll get Craig Goldy back anyway.

    But if its true that ELEKTRA is indeed a recently recorded track and WITH Doug I fear for the worse!!!

    Ofcourse I should be glad if Ronnie comes back with a vengeance unexpected by friend or foe but…..


  10. 10
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Is Heavy Metal Brittannia already on YouTube?

    So that we people from abroad can finally look at it?!

    It reminds me of the 70 s when I had to wait months for news to reach me…….

    The slow pace had its charms ofcourse.

    Are WE in the West really happier than 30 years ago?

    I strongly doubt it.

  11. 11
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Well, its me again…..Duhhhhhhhhhh.

    Last night I DID find the thing on YOUTUBE.

    For weeks I was waiting with anti cipation
    For different reasons


    I really like reading NEW outings of the Purps about their vast history.
    Inconsistent or unreliable expressions of OPINIONS or not , maybe in the end we will finally understand WHY ON EARTH THEY DID THE THINGS THEY DID.


    The old and seemingly grudgy and certainly not happy with “the now” face that is placed dominantly above this thread suggested that HE would be involved.


    Someone here on board said he watched “the thing” and concluded viciously that Blackmore s name was left off.
    Which left me intrigued ofcourse.

    Well, I watched it and was surprised and dissappointed.

    Based on the “other doc” from BBC 4 which heralded the Symfonic Rock history in Britain and also to be enjoyed on the Tubes I expected something alike.

    It s not.

    Well, vielleicht das nachstes Mal?

    Btw, maybe Gary said that Blackmore s name was missing on the list because a clip of GILLAN is included and nothing from RAINBOW????!!!!

    More seriously we could AGAIN bring up the discussion of WHAT is METAL and what is Heavy Old School Classic Rock?
    This instead of suggesting DP and Zep are Metal or gathering it all on one pile?

    In the end I m glad that I ve been able to enjoy so much of “different worlds” so……..

  12. 12
    purplepriest1965 says:


    I apologise

    I could have been more complete.
    Yeas, in other ways as well, hehehe

    For weeks I only kept hold of the sour image above this thread and forget that in text it was also promised that there would be involvement from others like Lord and Iommi giving their opinions and memories.

    So probably, Gary did set me on the wrong foot for weeks, Gary read in the LIST ABOVE that Blackers name was missing.
    Not something to be surprised or intrigued with at all, because thats “his way of doing” so often.

    I will end with an emberassing request

    I MUST have found a BBC 4 Heavy Metal Brittania of ” an other kind” than this thread tried to point out.

    Can someone clear this up?

    Btw, even more shameful……

    Weeks ago, around the same time this thread was aired, I got frustrated by the British that did block me from seeing or hearing the so called ” Devils Note”.
    In my memory “the Devils Note” was something part of the topic on here and that also has been missing from the radar since…..

    Yours, Mark

  13. 13
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Been watching it again and did sent the UPLOADER from Belgium, a certain Pieter, a message.

    One of the things in the doc that makes me frown is that the subtitles, meant as INFO, suggest that Gillan did sang the role Jesus Christ Superstar after the 1 year stint in Sabbath!!!!!



    Would it not have been interesting to hear Ians take again on the suggestion of the doc makers that GILLAN split up over financial disagreement?

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