Down by the River - A Celebration of New Orleans Blues

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Arts Documentary hosted by Hugh Laurie, published by ITV broadcasted as part of ITV Perspectives series in 2011 - English narration

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ITV Perspectives – Hugh Laurie: Down By The River Last week, ITV Perspectives told the story of the Ashington Group, the legendary group of miners-turned-artists. This week’s episode sees Hugh Laurie on an American road trip that delves into his lifelong passion – blues music. It’s a journey that started with a single song. Laurie can remember the first time he heard the blues on the radio. “I said to my brother, ‘What is this?’ I heard this thing and the hairs on the back of my neck went up. I can only say that that music, since I was a small boy, has moved me more than any other form: it makes me laugh and it makes me cry and it – how can I put it? – it fills me up.” Hugh Laurie: Down By The River sees the House actor indulge his passion with a very personal journey to the city that gave him his music, New Orleans - “the most romantic city on earth.” As well as telling the story of his enduring love for the blues, the film - the fourth in ITV1’s Perspectives season - documents the recording of Laurie’s forthcoming album. Entitled Let Them Talk, it features performances from Tom Jones and blues legends like Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint. “I know that there are going to be some people who say that a middle-class, middle aged, balding Englishman has got no business having anything to do with the blues and I see that. But at the same time, I would say: f**k off.”

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  • Video Codec: Xvid
  • Video Bitrate: 1962 kbps
  • Video Resolution: 720 x 416
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.731 (16.9)
  • Frames Per Second: 25
  • Audio Codec: MP3
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 kb/s CBR 48KHz
  • Audio Streams: 2
  • RunTime Per Part: 47 mins
  • Number Of Parts: 1
  • Part Size: 700 MB
  • Source: PDTV
  • Encoded by: Harry65

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@4.1
  • Video Bitrate: 4000 Kbps
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Video Resolution: 1280x720
  • Audio Codec: AC3
  • Audio Bitrate: 192 Kbps CBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 46mins
  • Framerate: 25FPS
  • Number of Parts: 1
  • Part Size: 1.37 GB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by JungleBoy

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