BBC radio and TV airing George Michael specials

George MichaelRadio 2 is airing an exclusive interview with George Michael as BBC One prepares to broadcast a concert of his from Paris.

The radio station will on Tuesday (March 18) put out the first half of a two-part documentary Up Close with George Michael, which will go out between 10 and 11pm. The second part will be broadcast at the same time next Tuesday.

The documentary was made in October 2011, shortly before the singer contacted pneuomania, so is only going out now for the first time. It has been made by Sue Clark Productions and hosted by former Ready Steady Go producer Vicki Wickham. In it he discusses his Symphonica tour and the making of the accompanying album, which comes out via Universal this week.

In addition, BBC One will put out highlights of his Symphonica concert recorded on September 19 2012 at the Opera Garnier in Paris and in aid of the French HIV charity Sidaction. In it he reinterprets a selection of songs from his career as well as a series of covers, backed by a 40-piece orchestra.

George Michael says: "I'm delighted the BBC is broadcasting the Symphonica concert, which was recorded at the Opera Garnier in Paris, a stunning setting in which to perform a gig dedicated to a charity that’s so close to my heart. It was a magical night, so I’m thrilled that fans will get the chance to experience it, as well as hearing the behind-the-scenes story on Radio 2.”

Jan Younghusband, BBC head of commissioning for Music and events TV Jan Younghusband said: “George Michael is one of the UK’s most iconic figures in entertainment, which makes it an exciting opportunity for our audiences to hear from him in a rare interview, as well as watch his favourite songs being reworked with a live orchestra via two of the BBC’s most popular channels – BBC One and BBC Radio 2.”

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