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Soul Boy - Our Lives Series 4

Soul Boy - Our Lives -  A teenager in care finds a home on Nottingham’s Northern Soul scene.

Details of an upcoming real life documentary due to be shown on  BBC One on Wednesday 27th May 2020. Billed as a 'heart warming' film this 30 minute documentary follows teenager Anthony Flavin as he finds his place on Nottingham’s Northern Soul scene.

Here's the BBC info...

Northern Soul is more than just music to Anthony Flavin - it’s a way of life. Anthony has grown up in care from the age of six. His great passions in life are music, fashion and films from the sixties and seventies, and his love for Northern Soul music tops them all. 

This heartwarming film follows Anthony in the run up to his 18th birthday as he finds his place on Nottingham’s Northern Soul scene. With help from his keyworker, Luke, and a collection of Northern Soul friends, he’s about to take his first steps as a DJ and towards an independent life.

It won’t be easy - the Soul Boy will need his new Soul 'family' more than ever.

As Anthony prepares for his first DJ set, his friends are there to make sure he looks and sounds the part.

Classy cobbler Pete 'The Shoe' Bullock kits him out with some fancy hot-stepping shoes; there’s a DJ masterclass from best friends and soul mates Karen and Jason Roberts; and a trip down memory lane with legendary Northern Soul DJ Richard Searling, who gets Anthony on the decks and the dancefloor at Blackpool’s famous Tower Ballroom.

A popular Northern Soul venue is hosting Anthony’s 18th birthday party and his DJing debut. Has he mastered the decks in time to get this discerning crowd on the dancefloor? You’ll have to watch to find out.

Part of the Our Lives Series.

Wed 27 May 2020

19:30 hrs

BBC ONE

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jk57

 

 


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Mike

Posted

on next week, just wondering if anyone on here was involved in it at all?

 

111spider

Posted

Yes.my wife and I.we help the fantastic young learn to get to grip with the decks.

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Mike

Posted

thanks for letting us know

it all sounds like a worthwhile effort, hats off to you both 

looking forward to watching it

cheers

Mike

Posted

a video look forward

 

Mike

Posted

anyone catch it ?

thought it was a feel-good enjoyable programme

hats off to all involved and good luck to the lad 👍

 

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Leicester Boy

Posted

Yes watched it. Heartwarming,  hope the lad continues to find some joy in the ns scene and his life.

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Flamingemeralds

Posted

It's a "yes" from me 👍🏼. Go Anthony!

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Winsford Soul

Posted

Yes from me too.  Good luck Anthony 

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Veedub

Posted

What a wonderful young fella ! well done Anthony !

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Bruv

Posted

I really enjoyed it, good luck Anthony. And thank you Soul Source for the heads up.

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Soulman58

Posted

A feel good 30 mins.

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Mod Life Crisis

Posted

Loved it. Hope he carries on getting so much out of the music.

Tomangoes

Posted

Anthony has no idea what he has got himself into....no turning back now:)

At about the same age, I luvvved interplay too!

The dancing will get better as 'the shoe' told him.

Just nice to see somebody who looks plugged in to the energy on the floor.

Not sure about those line dancing soulie girls. A bit intimidating when 20 of them are coming at you!

Let's hope the flood gates open with youngsters looking for salvation when the flood gates of the venues open again.

Ed

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Richard

Posted

Seems like a lovely young fella and great that he has found an interest he is really enjoying - best of luck to him 🙂

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Stevegods

Posted

What a little gem.

Both the programme and Little Anthony . 

Take my hat off to his mentor as well, lovely relationship they had built.

Love the scene in the shop where his care-worker had found a postcard with the meaning of the name Anthony and is reading it to him , while Anthony looks like he’s dropped a handful of bombers and is taking no notice , he just wants to dance . 

Long may Little Anthony rule, and hope those new shoes see many a floor over the years to come. 

Well done everyone who helped make that lovely short film . 

 

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Knockerdj

Posted

What a lovely story. Its testament to the people and music of our scene, always trouble free and so welcoming, sharing our love of the music. To the people involved, his carer, wow what a guy, Karen n Jason, so kind and very inspirational, Richard Searling, always had time for everyone and you could see he was very moved, and finally the Cobbler (Bobby Bland ?) who gave Anthony some top shoes for his future on the dance floor. Will look forward to meeting Anthony at some point. Stay Soulful, Knocker x

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Tony Hancock

Posted

A heart warming human interest story. It shows what it feels like when you first discover the music. Good luck to Anthony and credit to those who support and encourage him. The best of humanity.

Blackpoolsoul

Posted (edited)

My wife and I enjoyed the programme very much and our favourite bits were seeing Blackpool (obvs)

I was a little disappointed in some of the soundtrack, but enjoyed Anthony's enthusiasm and story.

If anything encourages the young to take over the baton for the future, then so be it and we can all RIP one day, knowing that the "scene" will continue in some shape or form.

The scene I knew was "sometimes" a little unwelcoming to newcomers and this proves that there is at least a push to do so, I have already noticed the comments on FB asking for "how to dance" lessons.

It made us smile and a big hats off to everyone involved.

Edited by Blackpoolsoul
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Keamus

Posted

Great programme and I'm envious of the journey he's got ahead of him. Just an observation, but nearly all the tracks featured were on British. Not complaining just an observation as I don't mind PP Arnold, Solomon King and Kenny Lynch. Can't stand that Helen Shapiro song though!

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The Upsetter

Posted

13 hours ago, Tomangoes said:

Anthony has no idea what he has got himself into....no turning back now:)

At about the same age, I luvvved interplay too!

The dancing will get better as 'the shoe' told him.

Just nice to see somebody who looks plugged in to the energy on the floor.

Not sure about those line dancing soulie girls. A bit intimidating when 20 of them are coming at you!

Let's hope the flood gates open with youngsters looking for salvation when the flood gates of the venues open again.

Ed

Great short Doc and a really feel good 30 mins,  What was that track the girls were line dancing to ?, it was the only track i didnt know.

Lukpete

Posted

Excellent programme, enjoy the ride Anthony.

Stephen Houghton

Posted

All the very best to you fella, keep on keeping on 

Ficklefingers

Posted (edited)

17 hours ago, Tomangoes said:

Anthony has no idea what he has got himself into....no turning back now:)

At about the same age, I luvvved interplay too!

The dancing will get better as 'the shoe' told him.

Just nice to see somebody who looks plugged in to the energy on the floor.

Not sure about those line dancing soulie girls. A bit intimidating when 20 of them are coming at you!

Let's hope the flood gates open with youngsters looking for salvation when the flood gates of the venues open again.

Ed

Do people really believe that sort of televised display portrays the 'Real' Soul Scene !?! I think not.. and won't serve to give a true reflection of the Soul Scene in it's entirety - with 'non-soulie's' totally convinced that what they watched for the half hour duration of the programme is what Northern Soul is all about !! 

Tin hat on.. fire away.. But you won't change my view !!

I feel the enthusiasm and sense of belonging young Anthony is experiencing, but I DO hope he also gets to experience the wider aspect of the scene and in particular some of the 'up front' promotions usually available

Edited by Ficklefingers
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Tomangoes

Posted

I'm not sure what we saw last night is not the 'here and now' world of northern soul, outside of a few premier events.

Every town has nights like those shown last night, very often, and collectively it's the biggest chunk of today's northern soul world, whether you like it or not.

The 'real deal' is a minority scene.

I went to a skeggy butlins weekend a couple of years ago and definitely felt like a fish out of water by not being in uniform!

The 100 club is where the lad needs to head off to next. I hope he is still bouncing about at 6 in the morning!

Ed

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Imperial C

Posted

Sat with a huge grin on my face throughout, got to say I loved the young fellah and everyone associated with this story. He's got some proper friends. Inspiring stuff.

Good for you Anthony, I'll look forward to meeting you.

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Matt

Posted

 Glad to see Anthony enjoying the scene so much, really great how it brings so many people together. Keep spinning the wheels of steel and wearing your shoes out on Northern Soul Dance Floors up and down our wonderful land. All the best and Keep the Faith!

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Colnago

Posted

Good luck to the lad , I also think his mentor/guide was a credit to himself and his generation. 

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Tattoodave

Posted

I enjoyed it, 30 minutes of escapism on a Wednesday night does no-one any harm.  I hope Anthony's love of soul continues for as long as mine and other's on here, if his friends teach him well he's in for the ride of his life as there's far more knowledge now about the music than there has ever been, and with a curious mind he'll go far.  Good luck to him, maybe see him at the 100 Club sometime.

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Billy Jo Jim Bob

Posted

He comes to Groovin' at The Tavern in Derby run by Kev Rogers and Rob Kay. He's been at the last couple with his carer. A nice kid who really enjoys himself and seems really into it and this is not an oldies type venue like the TV program, so hopefully he's got a broad mind.

I think this is him tucked away in the corner (bottom left)

Andy

groovin.jpg

  • Up vote 6


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