Mark Kermode’s Secrets Of Cinema tackles the genre of pop movies this week – more details right this way.

Following the triumphant return of Mark Kermode’s Secrets Of Cinema to BBC Four last week (with the first episode on British comedy currently available on the iPlayer service), the second episode screens tonight. And it’s all about pop music.


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The episode screens on BBC Four from 9pm, and it’s the second of three episodes in this particular run (cult movies will be the subject of next week’s series finale).

Here’s the full synopsis of what lies ahead…

Mark looks at a genre that combines his twin passions, music and movies. Pop movies encompass many forms, from drama and comedy to fantasy and documentary, producing some of the most potent and emotive moments in popular culture.

There’s the classic pop star vehicle, where the biggest acts play themselves, or a version of themselves, in exuberant films that promote their brand and help sell their music. Then there are pop biopics, dramatised accounts of the stars’ lives that dazzle us with musical set pieces while playing on our fascination with the darker side of fame. Even rock documentaries, or ‘rockumentaries’, feature recurring themes and situations, both on and off stage. Mark also sees what happens when actors play musicians, and when musicians take on acting roles, and he celebrates some of the true cinematic oddities that have come from pop stars putting their wildest ideas on screen.

Rebellion, romance, anarchy, excitement. Mark shows how the fusion of pop music and movies has been a double act like no other.

If you fancy a glimpse behind the scenes of the show, issue 22 of our magazine has an eight-page exclusive on how the programme came together (and nearly fell apart).

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