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Anna Calvi Scores New Season Of Peaky Blinders

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Anna Calvi has written and performed the score for the entire new season of BBC One’s Peaky Blinders. The show had its season five premiere in Birmingham, where Anna Calvi joined the cast and director Anthony Byrne on the red carpet.

Calvi’s first score for television follows the release of her critically acclaimed third album Hunter. She is a previous Brit Award nominee and has been shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize twice.

Previously a fan of the series, Calvi said on writing the original score: “This is a new thing for me but it was a really good fit, I love everything about the show. I completely immersed myself in it and became quite obsessed with the characters, especially Tommy Shelby [played by Cillian Murphy] and getting lost in his mind. There is a duality to the show, a beauty and a brutality, which I have been exploring in my own music and on the Hunter album. I want to say thank you to the director Anthony Byrne for believing in me and letting me seek out what I needed to.” Air dates for Peaky Blinders season 5 have not yet been announced.

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Stay Free Podcast: The Story of The Clash

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BBC Studios has produced a new podcast documentary, Stay Free: The Story of The Clash, which will launch on Spotify on February 28. Narrated by Public Enemy's Chuck D, the series takes a deep-dive into the rise, the reign and the explosive self-destruction of London punk rock legends, The Clash. Chuck D said: “It’s an honour heading up this new podcast. I was and am a big fan of their music. We were always tackling very similar social and political issues.”

The multi award-winning BBC Studios Digital team creates original content for new platforms, breaks new talent, and develops innovative forms of storytelling for young audiences. Recent commissions include short-form formats such as Big Narstie’s Let’s Settle This for BBC Three, and BBC Earth: Life in VR for Google Daydream, plus new formats for millennial African and Indian audiences across mobile and TV for the BBC.

Georgia Moseley, Creative Director, BBC Studios Digital and Executive Producer for Stay Free: The Story of The Clash said “Delivering our first Spotify commission has been an amazing creative experience – using rare archive material and interviews it brings the story of The Clash to life for a whole new generation”. BBC Studios also produces a wide range of music content including David Bowie: Finding Fame, Later With… Jools Holland and much-loved coverage of the five-day Glastonbury festival.

The eight episodes range from 30-45 minutes in length. They will be available on Spotify on February 28.



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