Jools’ Blackpool Big Band story to hit screens

Len Goodman, Jools Holland and Lucy Worsley present Dancing In The Blitz: Blackpool's Big Band Story
Len Goodman, Jools Holland and Lucy Worsley present Dancing In The Blitz: Blackpool's Big Band Story
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Jools Holland, Len Goodman and Lucy Worsley will bring Blackpool and the history of big band music to life over two TV shows at the weekend.

Recorded in the resort last month, Saturday night, at 9.10pm on BBC Two, Dancing In The Blitz: Blackpool’s Big Band Story will mark the 70th anniversary of VE day celebrating the big band sound, while uncovering the social history behind the music that saw Britain through the Second World War.

Jools Holland gives programme co-host Lucy Worsley some tips at the piano at the Empress Ballroom

Jools Holland gives programme co-host Lucy Worsley some tips at the piano at the Empress Ballroom

The show will also feature moments from the one-off special concert Jools hosted, with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra at the Empress Ballroom, Blackpool – the full show of which will be on BBC Four on Sunday at 9pm.

More than 14,000 people applied for just 800 tickets to the concert, which featured guest singers Rumer, Marc Almond and Ruby Turner.

From 1920s America to the Thirties, Forties and Fifties UK glory days, Jools will look back at the development of the big band sound through influences including Bennie Moten, Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton, while Len and Lucy will explore the dancing that went with the music.

Jools Holland's big band event at Blackpool's Winter Gardens for the BBC

Jools Holland's big band event at Blackpool's Winter Gardens for the BBC