BBC America picks up Live Aid telepic

Geldof story 'When Harvey Met Bob' airs Dec. 30 in U.S.

BBC America has acquired “When Harvey Met Bob,” a TV drama about the events that led up to the staging of the Live Aid concerts in 1985.

It stars Domhnall Gleeson (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”) as musician Bob Geldof and Ian Hart (“Backbeat”) as concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith, who joined forces to stage the concerts, which became the biggest televised international charity event in history.

The 90-minute drama, set in London between winter 1984 and summer 1985, was written by Joe Dunlop, directed by Nick Renton and produced by Catherine Magee for Great Meadow Prods.

It includes the music of Queen, David Bowie, Elton John, Sting and Paul McCartney.

Show will air on BBC2 in the U.K. on Dec. 26 and in the U.S. on Dec. 30.

It is repped in foreign markets by BBC Worldwide.

Great Meadow, which will donate proceeds from the sale to the Band Aid Charity, previously produced “Margaret” for BBC2, “Margaret Thatcher — The Long Walk to Finchley” for BBC 4, “Bradford Riots” for Channel 4 and the series “Messiah” for BBC1.

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