Keith Richards to Become Pirate TV Host for a Full Weekend
TV viewers will soon get an up-close-and-personal look at Keith Richards, who’s set to curate an entire weekend of programming for the British television channel, BBC Four. As reported in an official statement, Keith Richards’ Lost Weekend “will take viewers on a rock ‘n’ roll mystery ride from dusk till dawn on Friday, Saturday and Sunday later this month.” The specific dates have yet to be announced, but when Lost Weekend arrives, the screen-time devoted to Richards will be considerable.
Director Julien Temple, who produced and directed the project, says, “The programming will be interwoven with a uniquely relaxed, wide-ranging and intimate interview in which Keith shares his legacy, world views, life philosophy and survival strategies with viewers. It’s an open invitation for the audience to get to know Keith in-depth over three nights in a way that has never been seen before. As dawn breaks, those viewers who have experienced the full ride can celebrate the fact that they have been able to make it all the way and out the other side with Keith Richards as the sun comes up on their TV screens.”
In accordance with the project’s “pirate broadcast” theme, the full schedule is not being released in advance, although the BBC has confirmed that Keith’s film selections will include such classics as Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, The Man Who Would Be King, the Italian classic Bicycle Thieves, and cult horror flicks The Sorcerers and I Walked with a Zombie. A “director’s cut” version of Temple’s acclaimed documentary, Keith Richards – The Origin of Species, will be broadcast as well. Other material scheduled to be featured includes comedy shows, cartoons, early rock and roll performance clips, vintage TV ads, and never-before-seen archival footage of the Rolling Stones.
Cassian Harrison, editor at BBC Four, said he’s intrigued – and a bit nervous — about the unpredictable nature of the project. “BBC Four has always been the home of singular, eclectic and passionate voices,” he said, “and who would qualify more for that moniker than the legendary Mr. Richards. I’m delighted (if also a little nervous) to be entrusting the channel to Keith and to be journeying with him through the night, enabling viewers to spend a weekend on BBC Four with one of the most famous and intriguing people in the world in a way that transcends the bounds of a traditional channel.”
As regards Richards own thoughts about the project, the ever-loquacious guitarist offered a succinct assessment. “No one has taken over a TV channel before,” he said. “Let’s see how it flies!”