Rock Till We Drop



Narrator: Marcus Garvey


Mentors: Lady Leshurr and Martin Kemp

Musical directors: Alex Montaque and Toby Chapman


RDF for BBC Two, 1 to 22 March 2022 (4 episodes in 1 series)


The BBC's press office tells us:

Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp and MOBO award winning grime artist Lady Leshurr want to show the world when it comes to rock ‘n’ roll, you’re never too old if you’ve got the talent.
For this brand-new BBC Two four-part series, they form two rival bands of musicians over the age of 64 and get them to rock out the main stage of the Isle of Wight Festival. It’s then up to the crowd of 65,000 to decide which band they love the most…
In just eight weeks, mentors Martin Kemp and Lady Leshurr audition and form their rock bands. Both Martin Kemp and Lady Leshurr also call-in help from top musical director friends as well as renowned stage performers including X-Factor finalist Fleur East, soul singer Mica Paris and the Darkness front man Justin Hawkins.


The show's minimum age, 64, was almost certainly a reference to The Beatles' When I'm 64.

Series three The Apprentice candidate Adam Hosker turned up in one episode as a record promoter, hired to see which team he preferred.

Web links

BBC site


Bassist Carol, drummer Arty and singer Bette from Lady Leshurr's band, a.k.a. Band of Strangers.
Bassist Richard, keyboard player Eileen and lead guitarist Leburn from Martin Kemp's band, a.k.a. The New Young Elders.
Martin Kemp spots 65,000 people he suspects may not be social distancing


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