We would guess it isn’t going to be the best documentary on the subject (Tony Palmer’s Wigan Casino pictured above probably gets that title), but Living For The Weekend should still be worth checking out if you have any kind of interest in northern soul.
It airs on BBC4 in the usual Friday night documentary slot. The date for your diary is July 25th 2014 – or a week tomorrow if you like.
It has been made by independent production company Somethin’ Else and seems to be largely focused (as you might expect) on the scene’s heyday when The Wigan Casino topped New York’s Studio 54 to be Billboard Magazine’s ‘Best Disco in the World’ (in 1978, in case you were wondering).
People featured in the show include Northern Soul DJs Ian Levine, Kev Roberts, Ian Dewhirst, Richard Searling and Colin Curtis, while others having their say include DJ Tony Blackburn, DJ/Producer Pete Waterman, author (and St Etienne man) Bob Stanley, Good Times DJ Norman Jay and Lisa Stansfield. The inclusion of filmmaker Elaine Constantine presumably indicates the whole thing might well be wrapped up with a look at her upcoming film Northern Soul.
We think it’s on around 9pm and likely to run for around an hour. Maybe check your TV listings and set record.