Wednesday, August 20, 2008

BBC2's "Maestro"

Normally, we write about shows we have seen and probably love or shows we are waiting for with great anticipation. I am looking forward to seeing many of the new shows coming this fall, but I am also looking forward to seeing a show that may never air in the states. Friends of mine in Great Britain have been emailing me about a reality show that they say is the single best reality show ever! I am not much of a fan of reality shows, but this is one I am eager to see. If anyone has any information about how we Americans can get this show or if there are plans for BBC America to air it, please let us know at the Nose.

The show is called "Maestro" and it features eight famous folk all attempting to become a conductor and their eventual prize will be to conduct before 30,000 people. That is it in a nutshell. Yes, it sounds highbrow, but I like highbrow. I love music and I have long been fascinated with classical music (particularly Beethoven, Bach and Handel). I would welcome the opportunity to see posh people learning and loving the craft of classical music. It's airing on BBC2 on Tuesday evenings and features British celebs.. The only two people that would be recognizable to American audiences are American actor David Soul and British actress/author and food entrepreneur Jane Asher. I am a huge Asher fan. She's a gifted actress (films - "Alfie," "Deep End," Roger Corman's classic, "The Masque of the Red Death," last year's "Death at a Funeral," television - "Brideshead Revisited," "Voyage Round My Father" and many London stage productions) and I love her entertaining and cake decorating books.

If anyone out there knows how we Nosers can get our hands on this show, please let us know.

The other folks on the show are Alex James from the group Blur, musician Goldie, broadcasters Peter Snow and Katie Derham, comedian Sue Perkins, and actor Bradley Walsh.


Lisa said...

Judith, I've been trying to access the show via the BBC site using various tricks and almost made it, but just won't play. There is one person on YouTube who has uploaded quite a few clips from the show, at least, here:
I'll keep my eyes open for any other sightings of the show. It sounds pretty amazing, doesn't it?

Judith said...


I can't wait to see this show!

Dean Treadway said...

Dang, this sounds great!!! As a wannabe conductor myself, I can't wait to become a celebrity so I can get on the show!!! My initial choices would be Gerswin's "Rhapsody in Blue," Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto, or Listz's Hungarian Rhapsody. Bring on MAESTRO forthwith, please!!