Keith Richards to Curate BBC TV ‘Lost Weekend’

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Keith Richards via BBC

Keith Richards via BBC

Keith Richards will curate an entire weekend’s worth of programming for Britain’s BBC Four television channel later this month. The actual dates have yet to be announced, but an announcement from the BBC promised a “dusk till dawn” array of programming selected by the Rolling Stones guitarist. Richards “will hand-pick all the shows and will feature between them across each night in a specially-filmed in-depth interview, making this an extraordinary televisual journey,” says the BBC’s press release.

Billed as a “pirate broadcast,” the BBC will not release the entire schedule planned by Richards, but don’t expect a bunch of rock ’n’ roll clips. According to the announcement, Richards has lined up “films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, The Man Who Would Be King starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine, the 1948 Italian classic Bicycle Thieves, a 1947 film noir Out of the Past directed by Jacques Tourneur, and macabre horror movies The Sorcerers and I Walked with a Zombie.” The channel notes that there will also be “archive treats featuring Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix with Keith, and never seen before archive of the Rolling Stones.”

Related: The Keith Richards documentary, Under the Influence

In addition, BBC Four will also air Julien Temple’s new 75-minute Director’s Cut of Keith Richards—The Origin of the Species, which has already been broadcast on BBC Two in July. Said Temple in the press release, “The programming will be interwoven with a uniquely relaxed, wide-ranging and intimate interview in which Keith shares his legacy, world views, life philosophy and survival strategies with viewers. It’s an open invitation for the audience to get to know Keith in-depth over three nights in a way that has never been seen before.”

Said Richards, “No one has taken over a TV channel before. Let’s see how it flies!”

Watch the Rolling Stones interviewed by the BBC this year

Related: Review of Richards’ 2015 solo album, Crosseyed Heart

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