Most weeks, the BBC does something that is worth the annual licence fee on it's own. The Soul Deep series that has just finished is no exception.
Only one criticism really. The programme-makers clearly thought they had to have a thesis. I suspect most viewers were happy to be intoxicated by the footage and sounds. It did seem to skip over things that didn't fit in with the story they were telling.
For example, the slick aspirational Soul of the late '70s and early '80s may have been a low-point for the genre, but it still had some terrific moments (though they admitted a grudging admiration for Anita Baker).
And I don't think Prince was mentioned. Even a one-hour documentary on the history of all popular music would be missing a trick if they ignored the little purple chap.
So how could a six-parter on Soul not find at least five minutes for him?