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Somerset Blues: The Story of Acker Bilk

TONIGHT: Listen to the full programme at 10pm on BBC Radio 2.

Produced by Unique Production Company, BBC Radio 2 air a documentary on the legendary, West Country man, Acker Bilk, who was one of Britain's finest jazz clarinetists. 

From the fame of top ten hits with “Stranger on the Shore” and “Aria”, Clarke Peters tells Acker’s eventful life story, revealing the real man behind the bowler hat. Featuring his contemporary Chris Barber, the programme also remembers the time when Acker was so popular there were even riots among his beatnik fans!

Sadly, Acker has since passed away (November 2014) during the production of this documentary, which now stands as a wonderful tribute to his legacy.

We hope you enjoy it - listen to the full programme on the BBC Radio 2 iPlayer radio

The programme will be available on demand for 30 days after broadcast.