The BBC is telling the remarkable story of how a global music sensation was born in Coventry.

2 Tone: The Sound of Coventry has been commissioned by BBC England and is a co-production between Coventry UK City of Culture Trust and Full Fat Television, and is part of the BBC’s commitment to the cultural celebrations in Coventry this year.

It will air on BBC One across the West Midlands on Thursday 30 September and later in the year on BBC Two across the UK. The documentary tells the story of 2 Tone, the musical phenomenon that exploded out of Coventry onto the music charts around the world in 1979.

Fans of  2 Tone will have a chance to apply for an exclusive screening of the film ahead of the broadcast, which will take place on September 28 at the Assembly Festival Gardens in the city. Audiences can apply for tickets by visiting the BBC Shows and Tours website

This special hour long documentary takes a deep dive into the history of the 2 Tone movement. It features a rare interview with Jerry Dammers, founder of 2 Tone, revealing why he launched this “DIY” independent record label from Coventry and how he came up with the ideas for the music and the style. It’s a programme celebrating the sense of hope and pride felt in the city of Coventry at a time when there was growing racial tension across the UK. It blends personal testimonies with photos and archive footage – revealing the social and cultural significance of the music as well as the energy and fun of the live gigs and the fashion.

In the film audiences also hear from The Specials’ Neville Staple;  Pauline Black and Neol Davies of the Selecter as well as special interviews with proud Coventrian and music mogul Pete Waterman, writer, producer and performer Christine Sugary Staple and 2 Tone fan and film director Gurinder Chadha.

The film also charts the story of how 2 Tone went on to have a global impact and a unique place in popular music discovering bands and launching the careers of Madness and The Beat to name a few.

Aisling O’Connor, Head of TV Commissioning for BBC England comments,  “I grew up listening to The Specials and am a big fan of the vibrant music popularly known as 2 Tone.  So I’m incredibly excited BBC England is part of telling this story.  2 Tone brought together black and white musicians and fans in a truly inspiring way.  I’m proud that this programme allows us to play our part in supporting Coventry as it celebrates its multiculturalism, diversity and culture."