❉ Calling all Numanoids! BBC Four to screen documentary on electronica legend tomorrow night.
This Friday, BBC Four will be broadcasting ‘Gary Numan: Android In La La Land’ – the incredibly intimate, hugely revealing and at times hilarious documentary, celebrating the life of a true music making pioneer and the love story that helped turn his life and career around.
At the end of the 1970s, Gary Numan found himself to be one of the world’s biggest selling artists; seminal songs Are ‘Friends’ Electric? and Cars were huge hits. No-one had heard or seen anyone like him and he quickly became one of the most famous men on the planet and was adored by his fans – the ‘Numanoids’.
The real Gary Numan story however, embraces the Asperger’s syndrome that has informed his music, image and channelled his ambition, but also brought major problems. Other issues have included depression, anxiety attacks, near-bankruptcy and a long period in the wilderness. Amid all this, he fell in love with and married his biggest fan Gemma, or as Gary puts it: “everything changed the moment she came along”.
A film two years in the making, Android follows Gary, Gemma and their three young daughters Raven, Persia and Echo, at home, on tour, in the studio and on holiday – as they embark on a one way trip to America and Numan returns to the studio for the first time in seven years.
❉ ‘Gary Numan: Android In La La Land’ airs on BBC Four on 25 November at 11pm.
❉ Official website: http://www.numandroid.com/