Edinburgh Nights

BBC Two (ended 1998)


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Edinburgh Nights, first broadcast on BBC Two from August 18, 1998 - September 2nd, 1998, showed highlights from the 1998 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Presented by Mark Lamarr and Peter Curran, each episode introduces film, comedy and music from the festival. There are live performances and interviews with bands such as Asian Dub Foundation, whose album Rafi's Revenge was short-listed for the Mercury Music Prize in 1998, and Roddy Frame, former frontman of Aztec Camera. Fans of stand up will enjoy Craig Newman's energetic routine and the surreal performance from comedy magician Rudy Coby, while Charlie Higson investigates the festival's many comedy competitions. The actor and director Steven Berkoff discusses playing Shakespearean villains, and Phil Jupitus looks at naked performers. Fred MacAulay explores the attractions available to children at the Edinburgh Festival. There are previews of the film festival, which was opened by the film Velvet Goldmine, and a look at the work of the French musician Serge Gainsbourg.