TV preview: Later live with Jools Holland

Jools Holland.
Jools Holland.
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WITH 44 series already under his belt, Jools Holland has turned Later into one of the BBC’s longest running music shows which has seen countless remarkable acts grace the pianist’s presence over the years.

Given the calibre of turns who have already appeared in the first series of 2014, including Arcade Fire, Damon Albarn, Kasabian, Coldplay, Elbow, Paolo Nutini and Ed Sheeran, they will be a tough act to follow, but the versatile frontman usually manages to squeeze a few surprises onto the show.

Look out for the guests of course. Ryan Adams performs a couple of tunes from his self-titled, self-produced 14th LP.

Holland also welcomes alt-J, the Leeds-based trio who perform tracks from their pending second album, This Is All Yours.

Plus, there are plenty of rising stars getting a much needed spell under the spotlight.

West London Soul act Jungle, and Californian R&B artist Banks will be promoting their respective albums.

If this show leaves you hungry for more, then don’t miss Friday’s uncut version.

On the longevity of Later, Jools says: “It’s not because of me, it’s because of the music. We are all servants of the song.”


BBC Two, 10pm