A for ABBA (1993)





Credited cast:
Benny Andersson ... Himself
Elvis Costello ... Himself
Ray Davies ... Himself
Agnetha Fältskog ... Herself
Philip Hauenstein Philip Hauenstein ... Himself
Anni-Frid Lyngstad ... Herself
Ian McCullough Ian McCullough ... Himself
John Peel John Peel ... Himself
Eddi Reader Eddi Reader ... Herself
Tim Rice ... Himself
Lowri Turner Lowri Turner ... Herself
Björn Ulvaeus ... Himself
Pete Waterman Pete Waterman ... Himself
Roy Wood Roy Wood ... Himself


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A for ABBA (1993)
16 April 2016 | by musicreelsSee all my reviews

This program was broadcast on 20 July 1993, BBC, UK, presented by UK DJ John Peel and this documentary telling the story of ABBA from the beginning to the end and featuring the ABBA revival. As an opening scene showing some snippets from 'Top of the Pops' (11 April, 2 May and 25 December 1974), 'Seaside Special' (16 August 1975) and 'Young Nation' (19 November 1976), then the clip 'Ring, ring' from 'The Tommy Cooper Hour' (27 November 1974). Then some old Swedish footages illustrated Björn and Benny's career with Hootenanny Singers and Hep Stars, Frida and Agnetha's solo career in the 60's: excerpts from 'Hemma hos Hootenanny Singers' (16 December 1966), Lördag i Stockholm (15 October 1966), Räkna de lyckliga stunderna (16 August 1969) and När stenkakan slog (11 November 1970).Was a segment from Mr Trendsetter (3 December 1975) about the manager Stig Anderson. A segment from the show 'Made in Sweden' (10 October 1975) with 'Mamma mia', clips from the Japanese 'ABBA Special' performing "The name of the game", Fenando from 'Top of the Pops' (8 April 1976), moments from the Sydney press conference, held on 28 February 1977 (and broadcast on 'This Day Tonight' on the same day), live performance of SOS from 'Seaside Special' (16 August 1975) and a chat from 'Blue Peter' (16 February 1978), 'Dancing Queen' edited from 5 different performances, moments from 'The Mike Yarwood Christmas Show' (25 December 1978), 2 segments from 'ABBA in Sweitzerland' (16 April 1979) illustrated the classic group-times. Moments from 'The Other Side Of The Tracks' interview (19 January 1985), 'The Money Programme' (16 October 1983) and 'Late late breakfast show' (6 November 1982), 'One of us' and 'The winner takes it all' promo segments 'News at Night' (1992), Show Express (11 November 1982) illustrated the late group mood. There are also contributions throughout from the music business: Sir Tim Rice, Ian McCullough from Echo & The Bunnymen, Pete Waterman (he knows Stig very well, Eddi Reader from Fairground Attraction, Elvis Costello, Ray Davies from The Kinks, Roy Wood from Wizzard, Philip Hauenstein and others like the then Fashion Editor of the London Evening Standard Lowri Turner who talked out of her backside. Erasure (June 1992) concert, Björn Again and U2 (11 June 1992) concert excerpts showed the after ABBA time. 'Thank you for the music' (ABBA Special from Japan) closes the program. Full running time is 34:12

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