The Secret History Of Eurovision

9:00pm Saturday, May 7 on M4

The inside story of how the Eurovision Song Contest became the most popular live musical event on the planet and how it helped to build a new Europe. A decade after the end of the Second World War, a Swiss exec working for the European Broadcasting Union decided to stage a live Pan-European singing competition to promote the nascent television services of western Europe. Only seven countries participated but it was an instant hit. However, it came to have greater significance: in the Eastern bloc, during the Cold War, the glitz and glamour on the Eurovision stage was seen as a symbol of western escapism and freedom. Dir: Stephen Oliver; Writers: Phil Craig; Stephen Oliver; Prod Co: Electric Picture

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