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Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown – Sky Arts

Mr Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown
(Image credit: Chuck Stewart)

The career of the singer, musician and producer, James Brown, charting his journey from his first hit Please, Please, Please in 1956 through his pioneering funk phase to later chart success

Sky Arts kicks off its Soul Weekend with this film about how James Brown, who was born in poverty, abandoned by his parents and grew up in his aunt’s brothel, became the Godfather of Soul.

Featuring interviews with band members and footage of his unique performances, James Brown’s is a remarkable and turbulent story.

Mr Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown

Mr Dynamite features rare and never-before seen archival footage and photographs of James Brown

See what all the fuss was about in Live at Montreux (11.15pm), a concert film from 1981. There's also another chance to see the documentary Discovering: James Brown (12.35am).

TV Times rating: *****