UK: BBC Radio 2 will broadcast a two part world exclusive documentary featuring a lengthy interview between Kirsty Young and George Michael, which was his last ever interview. George gives Kirsty a frank first-hand account of the incredible success and devastating loss he faced across both his life and career.
George Michael: The Red Line will be broadcast for the first time on BBC Radio 2 – split across two 60 minute programmes on Wednesday 1 and Wednesday 8 November at 10pm.
Just before Christmas 2016, Kirsty was asked to interview George for a film he was producing about his life and career. The intention was to use elements of their discussion as part of the soundtrack. The film would become Freedom, his final work.
The interview took place at George’s home with Kirsty intending to cover only few specific areas. The conversation ran on for over two hours and subsequently led to a frank and informal discussion about George’s life and career.
Although it had never been the intention to broadcast their conversation in its entirety, following George’s untimely death only a few weeks later, it began to feel like something that should happen. In fact, as they parted, George said to Kirsty: “You should turn this into a radio programme.”
George Michael: The Red Line is his final interview, told in almost all it’s entirety with many of the personal asides left as they were.
Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2 says:
– The Radio 2 listeners continue to love and remember George Michael and his music, and I’m glad that they will be able to hear his final, very special interview on the station.