Tom Jones’ 1950s – The Decade That Made Me
Catch up with the most recent episode of Tom Jones’ 1950s – The Decade That Made Me. From Saturday, 16 April 2016 at 9pm on BBC Two. Available on catch up here shortly after broadcast.
Welsh sex god Tom Jones presents the first of four retrospective documentaries. Celebrated musicians take a look back at the decades that defined them. For Tom, that decade was the 1950s, the era following the austerity of the Second World War that saw a boom in popular culture.
The veteran singer provides a first-hand guide to his formative years in a small mining community in South Wales, revealing how he – much like many people of his generation – turned to TV, movies, radio and music to find a voice for himself. Revisiting Treforest and Pontypridd, where he spent his childhood and teenage years, Tom recalls his joy when rationing finally ended, his encounter with American GIs stationed near his home, and the arrival of rock `n’ roll and the `Teddy Boys’. Includes contributions by writers Joan Bakewell, Katherine Whitehorn and Michele Hanson, and historians Alwyn Turner, Dr Martin Johnes, Tony Russell and Francis Beckett.
Program Schedule: 9pm – 10pm