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Greenlit: Gary Numan: Android In La La Land, BBC4

Gary Numan: Android In La La Land  (1 x 60′) – An 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. Amidst all this, he fell in love with and married his biggest fan, Gemma, or as Gary himself 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.

Platform: BBC4

TX: November 2016

Source: BBC press release

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