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Beyond TNC lands UK TV premiere of Sideline's Boomtown Rats documentary
22 May 2020 : Nathan Griffin
Citizens of Boomtown
Beyond TNC has secured the UK TV premiere for the Boomtown Rats’ first official documentary, Citizens of Boomtown, which will debut on the BBC.

Due to air on BBC Two at 9.20 pm on Saturday 23rd May, Citizens of Boomtown (1 x 93’) is produced by Sideline Productions and BMG Films. Directed by Billy McGrath, it was commissioned for the BBC by Alan Yentob for Imagine and Jan Younghusband, Head of Music TV Commissioning. The filmmakers had exclusive access to personal archives and revealing interviews with four members of the re-grouped Boomtown Rats (Bob Geldof, Garry Roberts, Pete Briquette, and Simon Crowe) plus departed guitarist Gerry Cott.

Filmed across Ireland, UK, and America, the film features compelling insights from special guests including Bono (U2), Sting (The Police), Sinead O’Connor, Clem Burke (Blondie), Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Jools Holland (Squeeze), Steve Conte (New York Dolls) plus a broad range of insightful contributions from Creation Records boss Alan McGee and NY based photographer Bob Gruen. Music critics Neil McCormick (Daily Telegraph), Niall Stokes (Hot Press), Charles Shaar Murray (NME) & David Fricke (Rolling Stone) are also joined by historians Roy Foster & Diarmaid Ferriter; sociologist Eoin Devereaux; author Joseph O’Connor plus broadcasters Paul Gambaccini and Dave Fanning to unravel one of the most dramatic and compelling narratives in modern music.

Citizens of Boomtown offers a very personal insight into The Boomtown Rats, revealing the highs and the lows of the first Irish band ever to reach No.1 in the UK charts – not once, with Rat Trap, but twice with the global top seller I Don’t Like Mondays. Bob Geldof also revolutionized global music broadcasting with his hugely successful Live Aid concert in 1985. The band broke up a year later in their native Dublin then re-united in 2013 to play a triumphant set at the legendary Isle of Wight Festival. The Boomtown Rats recently released their new album Citizens of Boomtown and, due to COVID 19, their live dates around the globe have been postponed to late 2020 and into 2021.

Director McGrath who, before the Rats success, shared a house with Bob Geldof; promoted their 1st Irish tour; was Ireland’s 1st alternative comedian and later directed films with U2; The Pogues; Clannad; Self-Aid: Behind The Screens; the Italia ’90 Irish international soccer squad plus TV features with David Bowie; Michael Jackson; David Byrne; Pink Floyd; Johnny Cash; Frank Zappa and The Clash

 “I’m delighted for the brilliant creative team who made this film possible and that their talents have been rewarded with such a prestigious BBC Two slot,” said Sideline's Billy McGrath. “Editor Michael O’Sullivan; DoP Ken O’Mahony; animator Anna K. Wright: archive producer Eoin Sweeney; production manager Pamela Lee; sound mixer Killian Fitzgerald plus especially Mark and Mike Quinn in High Wire Post Production, all deserve special praise.

Beyond TNC marks the joint venture between Dublin and London based production and distribution company, Beyond Entertainment and music producers, TNC Media. “We are really thrilled to be working with the BBC to bring this epic documentary about one of the most legendary bands of their time to viewers in the UK,” said Michael Murphy from Beyond TNC when speaking about the deal.

Citizens of Boomtown is distributed internationally by BeyondTNC.

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