The BBC’s exclusive TV special Elton John: Uncensored will debut on BBC1 tomorrow night (28) at 9pm local time. Recorded at his home in the south of France in August, it features the superstar in frank conversation with TV and radio presenter Graham Norton, about Elton’s life and times as captured in his first and only official autobiography, Me.
The 60-minute special is also confirmed to air in many other countries including Australia, Japan and across Europe. It features the singer-songwriter reflecting on his childhood, his rise to fame, his battles with addiction and his happy latter-day life with husband David Furnish and their children.
“The past two years have felt truly monumental for me,” says John, “and with the release of Rocketman, the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour and my autobiography, it felt like the perfect opportunity to reflect on it all with Graham. I’ve always enjoyed our catch-ups and this felt like the best yet.”
Says Norton: “Like the rest of the nation I’m a massive fan of Sir Elton John’s music, but to sit down with him in his home to ask him about his life, career and family was a huge privilege. Funny, frank and fearless, I can’t wait for people to hear him tell his story.”
Writing for Radio Times in the lead-up to the broadcast, Elton describes his satisfaction at the reaction to his autobiography. “Of course I was incredibly pleased when Me did so well,” he reveals. “The reviews were fantastic — all of them going on about how frank and candid and funny it was. And it went into the New York Times non-fiction chart at No. 1, which was hugely gratifying: partly because I wanted the book to do well, but mostly because I’m a total chart nerd. It’s not about being competitive, it’s just about an obsession with charts and statistics.”
As reported, the remastered audio of Elton’s historic concert in Russia in 1979 will be released on album by UMe on 24 January as Live In Moscow.