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Songwriters and the Songs they write
6x25 Min Series / Format: Digibeta
Funders: RTÉ

Presented by broadcaster and musician Tom Dunne, this series goes behind the stars and razzmatazz to explore with songwriters their experiences of writing and producing songs - hits that changed their lives and duds that never graced a radio wave.

The series explores the origins of their best-known work - how the idea or the melody came about, how the most unpromising tune suddenly clicked into place and turned a tuneless dirge into something people hum every day in the streets. The series delves into the mechanics of pop, rock and roll and reveals some of the secrets of popular song writing, exposing the business and the technical skill and hours of work necessary for success and also how often the elusive elements of luck and coincidence come into play.