In a television career spent entirely with the BBC, Barrie Edgar demonstrated a parallel loyalty to his home area of Birmingham. Specialising in outside broadcasts and bearing the title TV Producer, Midland Region, he established his reputation in the single-channel era of the 1950s, continuing as the city's production centre became Pebble Mill in the early 1970s. While his credits were as disparate as children's programmes, variety shows and the 1962 consecration of Coventry Cathedral, he also made programmes that reflected his own interests; as a keen horticulturist, he produced BBC2's Gardeners' World, one of several shows that survive him, in varying formats.
Just as he was, by all accounts, an unpleasant man blessed with enviably beautiful gifts, so do Tim Hardin's songs clothe often unwelcome sentiments in gorgeous melodies.
Experimentation is being pushed to the margins as labels rely on successful producers
Hip-hop has a difficult relationship with gay culture – could a raft of new club nights fix that? Lemma Shehadi reports
After some muted outings, the sketch group Pappy's are back to their lovable best, on the kind of form that saw them shortlisted for Edinburgh's comedy award in 2007 and will probably get them a place on this year's list, too.
A new wave of women aren't content to use the guitar to simply accompany songs. They have forged brave new ways to play the instrument, argues Chris Mugan
“You looked confused at some points,” amiably admits Paul Heaton after overseeing his confusing and long-winded soul opera, The 8th.
Amy Macdonald isn't your average pop star. She writes positive songs, refuses to relocate to London, and has a footballer boyfriend yet hasn't sold her privacy to the tabloids. David Sinclair meets her
PJ Proby, the veteran pop singer, has been cleared of benefit fraud after the prosecution dropped its case following the discovery of new evidence. Proby, 73, was acquitted on all nine counts after being accused of cheating the benefits system out of more than £47,000 by claiming he had just £5 in the bank.
Tour and greatest hits album sees Eighties star earn more than even golden girl Adele
We want to believe this kid goes into petrol stations and buys everyone a full tank
With their third album, The Maccabees have moved into epic territory, the chart-topping south London quintet tell Elisa Bray
As frontwoman of the Long Blondes, Kate Jackson adopted an aggressive alter ego. Now she's gone solo, she can at last be herself, she tells Elisa Bray
A ceremony at Leeds United's ground and a record by Stereophonics frontman honour the Wales manager
"Here we rest" was the original motto of Isbell's home state, Alabama, while the music locates the ex-Drive-By Trucker in a forest of local allusions foliated by the 400 Unit's ability to tinker, nicely but slightly blandly, with Alabama's indigenous musical genres: soul, rock, country, backwoods folk.
Shaun Ryder doesn't understand his own songs.