Top International Asian Award For Live Aid Drama
The RTÉ/BBC drama about Live Aid, “When Harvey Met Bob”, has won the Excellence Award in the TV Movie category at the prestigious Seoul International Drama Awards. A total of 204 dramas from 37 countries competed at the awards. The Seoul Drama Awards have become a worldwide drama festival since first launched in 2006. This year the highest number of entries was submitted.
“When Harvey Met Bob”, co-produced by RTÉ and BBC, is the story of the extraordinary relationship between Bob Geldof and promoter Harvey Goldsmith, as they brought about the historic Live Aid event 25 years ago.
The film has raised €38,512 for famine relief in its first six months. The prize money from the Seoul awards has gone to The Band Aid Trust where it is contributing to the charity's emergency fund (which is being used to help counter the present famine in East Africa) and to its long term projects in fighting poverty.
The feature length drama stars Domhnall Gleeson as Bob Geldof and Ian Hart as promoter Harvey Goldsmith. It also stars Antonia Campbell Hughes as Bob's PA Marsha Hunt; Padraic Delaney as Live Aid production manager Andy Zwek, Conor Mullen as BBC producer Mike Appleton and Owen Roe as Tony Powell.
In October 1984 Bob Geldof arrived home to find his wife Paula watching the legendary BBC broadcast by Michael Buerk from the feeding camps in Eritrea province. Bob takes his eyes from the screen only once to see Paula holding their baby and weeping.
Deeply affected, Bob moves into action. First he persuades a host of rock stars to give their name and talent for free to the Band Aid record – “Do They Know It's Christmas?” - which sells millions of copies. But when he goes to Ethiopia to ensure the proceeds from the record will reach the starving people, he realises that so much more needs to be done. He needs to raise even more money to fulfill his promise that every penny from the record will get there. It is at this point that he conceives the idea of a global music event to feed the world.
Enter Harvey Goldsmith, the famous and well respected music promoter. This is the start of the roller-coaster ride that is the humorous, warm, tension filled and ultimately deeply moving story of the relationship between the odd couple as they go from a mad-cap idea and a list of unconfirmed acts, to the biggest televised international charity event in history.
Written by Joe Dunlop, "When Harvey Met Bob" is directed by Nick Renton and produced by Catherine Magee ("The Clinic"). The executive producers are Robert Cooper and Kate Triggs for Great Meadow Productions. RTÉ Drama Commissioning Editor was Jane Gogan.