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Rock 'n' Roll America: Sweet Little Sixteen BBC Four Friday 3 July 2015 9.00pm-10.00pm
Rock 'n' Roll America is a new three-part documentary series examining the most important era in the history of popular music - the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, exploring the roots of rock music in the USA, its subsequent explosion around the world and how the first wave of rock stars opened the door for modern pop. Episode one focuses on the origins of the sound in 1950s America. It was a rhythm-driven mix of blues, boogie woogie and vocal harmony championed by young music pioneers such as Fats Domino and Little Richard which was nurtured by small independent record labels and, pre-Civil Rights Act, drew young white and black kids together.

Other TV shows worth a mention:
A Song For Jenny
BBC One

Sunday 5 July 2015

9.00pm-10.00pm

A Song For Jenny is the true story of Julie Nicholson's response when her daughter Jenny was killed in the July 7 bombing at Edgware Road tube station. Starring Emily Watson as Julie, A Song For Jenny details the dramatic and profound impact of violence on one woman and a family. Adapted from Julie’s book for BBC One, Frank McGuinness’s script is a moving and precise exploration of a mother’s responses, from the moment she hears about the attacks, to the news that her daughter is missing, to the confirmation that Jenny is among the dead. Julie and her family experience hope, denial, acceptance of grim reality, the anguish of grief and a final desire not to be broken and to honour Jenny.

Virgin Atlantic: Up In The Air

ITV 1

Tuesday 7 July 2015
9.00pm-10.00pm
Virgin Atlantic: Up in the Air is a new documentary series which goes behind the scenes of the colourful airline in its turbulent 30th year in business. With full and exclusive access, the series follows staff at all different levels of the business, from Richard Branson, and the Chief Exec to new cabin crew recruits and the boys in the warehouse, as the company rolls out a new plane, new uniforms and new people – and tries to get back in the black. In episode one we meet the team at the Virgin Atlantic base in Crawley, preparing for the airline's 30th birthday event. Richard Branson, who founded the airline when he was just 34, is making a rare appearance.

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