Freddie Mercury: the Ultimate Showman
58' | Arts&Culture | HD
Queen are one of the most iconic rock bands in the history of music but they didn’t earn their prestige overnight. Led by the eccentric visionary Freddie Mercury, Queen conquered the world. Who is the man behind the voice and how did a young boy from Zanzibar become The Ultimate Showman?
It was the flare of eccentric visionary Freddie Mercury that lead the band Queen to conquer the world. Hear from close friends and colleagues that worked tirelessly to help push Freddie and Queen to become one of the most iconic rock bands in the history of music. Meet the man behind the voice and follow his journey from Zanzibar to international superstardom.
Featuring Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury in the film Bohemian Rhapsody), Eric Hall (Queen’s EMI Publisher), Paul Watts (Queen’s EMI Division Manager), Mick Rock (Queen’s Photographer), Rosie Horide (Music Journalist and close friend of Queen) and Paul Gambaccini (Radio host and close friend of Freddie Mercury).
Estimates of Queen's record sales range from 170 million to 300 million records, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists.
The 2018 biographical film Bohemian Rhapsody was, at its release, the highest-grossing musical biographical film of all time. Mercury was portrayed by Rami Malek, who received the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor, for his performance. While the film received mixed reviews and contained historical inaccuracies, it won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Featuring interviews with:
A famous football and show business agent, known for his distinctive look and personality in the
seventies. He became a publicist for EMI Records and worked with big names such as the Sex
Pistols and T-Rex.
Jennifer Otter Bickerdike
Writer, Presenter, Historian. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is a music academic with more than twenty five years’ experience in the industry. Jennifer is completely clued up on contemporary media and music. Her work focuses on fandom, celebrity cults, vinyl, music and pop culture.
A legendary rock n roll photographer, most well-known for his images of the greats of the seventies such as Blondie, Queen, David Bowie and Sad Barrett. He has shot over a hundred album covers throughout his career.
A dual British and United States Radio and television presenter. He has worked for the likes of BBC Radio 1 and Classic FM. He is an established contributor on BBC 4’s arts show. He has made many appearances throughout his career on many British TV shows.
Former producer of EMI records, who worked closely with Queen throughout their time with EMI. Paul was also a founding member of the Confederates in the sixties with Lucian LeCoix-Lead, Dave Saunders and Peter Millington.
A UK based music Journalist and personal friend to the band Queen. She was on the journalism scene long before Queen. Having worked with artist such as Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.