The Rocket Man will look back at his extraordinary life and career in a BBC One interview with Graham Norton. It’s called Elton John: Uncensored, and it will include archive footage.
Filmed in the south of France in August, Elton tells Graham about his childhood as Reg Dwight in post-war Pinner, Middlesex, and his rise to superstardom in the 1970s. The interview will also cover his battles with addiction and the positive effect fatherhood has had on his life.
Speaking about the show, the musician said: ”The past two years have felt truly monumental for me, and with the release of Rocketman, the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour and my autobiography coming up, 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.”
Norton said: “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.”
This won’t be the only BBC special either, with Ken Bruce interviewing Elton for his BBC Radio 2 show on the ‘Tracks Of My Years’ segment – with his picks featuring the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, the Beatles, and Aretha Franklin.
”Music has always been the bedrock of my life, through good times and bad,” Elton stated. ”It was wonderful to delve into the songs that mean the most to me with Ken – a real deep dive into some of the tracks that have defined the eras of my story. I hope people enjoy listening to it as much as I did putting it together.”
Elton John: Uncensored and Elton’s Tracks Of My Years will air in October on BBC One and BBC Radio 2 respectively.