Dylan docu to hit BBC2

Rockumentary to air Sept. 26, 27

LONDON — Martin Scorsese’s Bob Dylan docu “No Direction Home” was unveiled Thursday as the centerpiece of BBC2’s fall schedule.

Marathon rockumentary, spanning 1961-66, will air on the BBC and as part of PBS’ Thirteen/WNET’s “American Masters” series on Sept. 26 and 27.

Featuring archival footage and previously unseen film of Dylan’s 1966 British tour with what became the Band (the group was known then as the Hawks), “No Direction Home” includes parts of a 10-hour interview by star’s manager Jeff Rosen in 2000.

“This is history, one great artist on the work of another,” said Anthony Wall, editor of the BBC’s Arena arts strand and one of the doc’s five producers with Thirteen/WNET New York, PBS, Spitfire Pictures, Grey Water Park Prods. and Sikelia Prods. in association with Box TV.

Paramount has worldwide rights and will release doc on DVD; Sony (Dylan’s record label) will put out a soundtrack based on the film.

The BBC2 also will air “Rome,” the pubcaster’s epic co-production with HBO starring Ciaran Hinds as Julius Caesar.

Other fall fare on the web includes “Space Race,” a drama-documentary looking at the rivalry between the U.S. and the USSR for mastery of the skies, and “Magnificent 7,” a drama that stars Helena Bonham-Carter as the mother of seven autistic children.

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