Everything: The Real Thing Story doc about group dubbed the “Black Beatles” comes to BBC

Actor Jacob Anderson (Game Of Thrones) narrates a tale stranger than any fiction – of lost innocence, fame, fortune and tragedy.

The national press dubbed them The Black Beatles, four working class boys from one of Liverpool’s toughest neighbourhoods who became Britain’s most enduring black soul and funk act ever.

With a string of hits, they dominated the international charts throughout the 1970s with iconic songs like You To Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You, and Can You Feel the Force. But the group’s meteoric success was also tempered with personal tragedy, drug addiction and racial prejudice.

Featuring interviews with members of The Real Thing, David Essex OBE, Kim Wilde, Billy Ocean, Jeff Wayne, Denise Pearson, Trevor Nelson MBE, Paul Barber, Louis Emerick, Lee John, Angie Greaves, Janet Kay, Kevin Le Gendre and Greg Edwards, this film tells the incredible true story of Britain’s first black music revolution and of 1970s pop, painted against a backdrop of disco, politics and race, where four proud black boys took on the world and changed British music forever.

Everything: The Real Thing Story is directed by Simon Sheridan and airs on Friday 7th August with time to be confirmed.

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