Grab your sweatbands, sneakers, turntable and glitter ball for a series so fly it’ll blow your knee-length socks off!
The Get Down, Monday 18 February, 9pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 999)
Some series have you glued to the sofa with tense action, while others have you hiding behind your hands or cradling your belly in a fit of laughter.
But The Get Down is a show so packed with hip-shaking, head-nodding, foot-tapping music, you, your dog and even that mouse hiding in the wall will be tempted to turn your living room into an impromptu dance floor.
The series provides a captivating glimpse into a key era in music history, seen through the eyes of a young MC named Ezekiel “Books” Figuero (Justice Smith, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom). And for the first time ever, you can watch every jaw-dropping moment in glorious Ultra HD!
But before you jump into one of the most musical TV series to hit your screen in years, check out our reasons to watch below.
It’s a fascinating look at the history of hip-hop
If you’re a fan of hip-hop, funk, disco, soul or any type of music that packs a beat “phat” enough to have even Nanna Pat throwing some shapes, this is definitely a series for you. Opening in 1970s New York, it offers an illuminating insight into the birth of hip-hop, record scratching and the genres that inspired a new sound. Expect plenty of flared trousers, gravity-defying hairstyles, and more gyrating hips than an aqua aerobics class.
Baz Luhrmann is at his most Baz Luhrmann-esque
In the 1970s, New York was crippled by a plethora of economical and social problems. But Baz Lurhmann, the visionary director behind hits such as Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet and The Great Gatsby, brings his trademark style to imbue the period with colour and life. And with beautiful cinematography and the director’s keen sense of musicality, this is one series that’ll have you constantly on your toes.
Musical numbers so catchy you’ll be humming them in your sleep
Unsurprisingly, in a series documenting one of music history’s most groundbreaking periods, Luhrmann and his creative team don’t hold back on the musical numbers. From sweeping shots of crowds singing their hearts out to intimate moments between acapella singers down tight alleyways, the genre-jumping numbers never fail to entertain.
Talent in front of and behind the camera
In addition to having multiple Academy Award winners Baz Luhrmann and co-producer Catherine Martin on board, the cast is packed with stars. Newcomer Justice Smith shines as Ezekiel (as does Daveed Diggs, who plays Ezekiel’s older self), while co-stars Shameik Moore, Herizen F Guardiola and Jaden Smith are among the incredibly talented supporting cast. And in one of the most interesting uses of narration we’ve ever heard, superstar Nas rap-narrates each episode, adding another sonic dimension to this musical marvel.
How to access the Virgin TV Ultra HD channel
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