BBC backs Live Aid telepic

Domhnall Gleeson to play Bob Geldof

The seminal 1985 Live Aid concert, staged to help victims of famine in Ethiopia, is the subject of a new TV movie.

“When Harvey Met Bob,” a reference to promoter Harvey Goldsmith and Bob Geldof, the rock star who masterminded the concert, will air in the U.K. this fall on BBC2 to mark Live Aid’s 25th anniversary.

Geldof will be played by Domhnall Gleeson and Goldsmith will be portrayed by Ian Hart in the Great Meadow Prods’ project.

“When Harvey Met Bob” was announced on Wednesday as part of BBC2’s fall-winter schedule.

Lineup also features “The Song of Lunch,” a dramatization of Christopher Reid’s poem about a couple’s ill-fated reunion in a restaurant, starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson. Also showing is the British TV preem of “The Special Relationship,” Peter Morgan’s third film about former prime minister Tony Blair, starring Dennis Quaid and Hope Davis as the Clintons, and Michael Sheen and Helen McCrory as the Blairs.

Documentaries include “Paul Merton’s Birth of Hollywood,” marking Hollywood’s centennial, in which the comedian explores how the language of cinema was laid down in the era of silent film, and “JFK: The Making of Modern Politics,.” which examines John F. Kennedy’s time in office as the 50th anniversary of his election approaches.BBC2 channel controller Janice Hadlow, who in the past has skedded high-profile U.S. shows like “The Wire,” returned from the L.A. Screenings without any new acquisitions.

“This year’s Screenings were not a classic year,” she said, adding that HBO’s prohibition era drama “Boardwalk Empire,” with a pilot helmed by Martin Scorsese, was the best drama on offer. “But unfortunately it was too expensive for us.”

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