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Brian Coney
18 December 2023, 11:49

History of disco explored in new documentary series: Watch

The three-part BBC series traces the genre's "origins, its triumphs, its fall and its legacy"

History of disco explored in new documentary series: Watch
© Tina Paul, via BBC

A new BBC documentary series explores the history of disco.

First aired on Saturday, 16th December, the three-part series Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution explores "its origins, its triumphs, its fall and its legacy," from basement bars in New York in the 1970s to its taking over the charts worldwide.

Co-produced by BBC Studios' Specialist Factual Productions alongside PBS, the documentary series features interviews with key figures from the world of disco, including Candi Staton, Nicky Siano, David Morales, Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy, Honey Dijon and François K.

The first episode of the series can be watched in the UK via the BBC iPlayer. Episodes two and three air on Saturday, 23rd and 30th December respectively. Check out the trailer below.

Released in October, a new documentary, How Techno Shapes The Future, traced techno's past and present and muses about the future of the genre and culture. Another recent music documentary exploring the early years and development of grime in the UK was also made available to stream on iPlayer as part of BBC Four's Storyville series.

Check out DJ Mag's round-up of 10 music documentaries to watch online here. 

Read about how Talking Heads' ‘Speaking in Tongues’ ignited New York's dancefloors here.