Tuesday 11 June
BBC report on the up coming TV special:
Agnetha Fältskog’s extraordinary singing career began when she was only 15 years old. But in just two years she was knocking The Beatles off the top of the Swedish pop charts writing her own material.
This new programme features exclusive access to Agnetha in the studio and with her colleagues of both recent years and from ABBA, assessing and celebrating her journey as Sweden’s ‘girl with the golden hair’.
Her self-penned debut single “Jag var så kar”, (I Was So In Love) sold more than 80,000 copies and she fast became one of Sweden’s most popular music artists. However, a chance meeting with Björn Ulvaeus led to her marriage, winning Eurovision and the phenomenal ABBA years.
With ABBA’s success came hard work, TV appearances, vast crowds, demanding tours and for Agnetha being away from her children eventually caused her great turmoil.
Agnetha loved being in the recording studio, and Frida and Agnetha without doubt gave the ABBA songs a distinct sound. However, many argue that ABBA would not have reached the same heights without Agnetha’s pure voice and arresting beauty. For this shy girl from the small Swedish town of Jönköping it was a struggle to match up to co-star Frida who had such confidence and a natural flair for performing.
After a much-publicised divorce from Björn, and as ABBA eventually came to an end, Agnetha briefly tried to build a solo career with moderate success until she eventually walked away from the public eye traumatised by fame.
Since then, the world’s press has engaged in an endless game of conjecture about the private life of a women catapulted to international stardom in 1974. But now, after 25 years, Agnetha Fältskog has stepped back into the limelight with new material after working with successful writer Jörgen Elofsson, who has written for artists such as Britney Spears and Westlife.
Back writing again herself, she has also recorded a duet with singer-songwriter Gary Barlow on the album. The vocals were recorded separately and, exclusively in this documentary, Gary Barlow meets Agnetha for the first time.
This intimate and revealing programme features interviews with Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Gary Barlow, Tony Blackburn, record producer Peter Nordahl, Jörgen Elofsson and Sir Tim Rice
Exec Producer: Mark Cooper / Producer & Director: Samantha Peters