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Whether it’s original film soundtracks or classical music put to powerful effect on the big screen, Classic FM invites you on a weekly journey through the finest film scores, every Saturday at 5pm with Andrew Collins.
Each week, we showcase a selection of film soundtracks, from the latest releases by the likes of Michael Giacchino, Thomas Newman or John Williams to historic scores by Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams and Korngold.
Every few months we’ll broadcast a video game music special, too, making us pretty much the only radio station in the UK that regularly plays this popular genre.
Andrew Collins invites you to get into the Christmas spirit with a ‘Quotes Quiz’, accompanied by music from the famous movies in question.
Classic FM presenters perform well-known lines while Andrew Collins plays the scores – and it’s down to you to try and guess the film! Play along at home, and “frankly my dear”, this could be “the beginning of a beautiful friendship”.
Andrew Collins presents a special ‘end of year’ rundown featuring his Top Ten Film Scores of 2018.
For the first time, Andrew also selects a Top Five TV Scores of 2018, along with his ‘Composer of the Year’ and ‘Composer to Watch’. In addition, Andrew takes a brief look back at the year in film, remembering those who’ve passed away, such as composer Johann Johannsson and superhero creator Stan Lee.
Andrew Collins starts the new year by surveying some of the biggest upcoming film releases of 2019.
He’ll look ahead to the new live action versions of Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King; the next Star Wars instalment, Episode IX; and – yes, m’lady – the Downton Abbey movie. Andrew also features awards contenders such as If Beale Street Could Talk scored by Nicholas Britell, and Max Richter’s music for Mary, Queen of Scots.
This week, Saturday Night at the Movies has an intriguing theme, as Andrew Collins explores lesser-known great music by some of cinema’s most famous composers.
John Williams’ themes for the likes of Star Wars, Harry Potter and Jurassic Park are instantly hummable – but have you ever heard his brilliant score for The Cowboys? Likewise, one of the first successes for John Barry – famous today for the sweeping strings of Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves – was a piece called The Girl With The Sun In Her Hair, which was originally used as part of a Sunsilk TV commercial.
Andrew also digs out other treats and new discoveries, or re-discoveries, by the likes of Anne Dudley, Hans Zimmer and James Horner.