A series celebrating the Westbrooks' unique creative partnership.
With a body of work that includes some of the most adventurous pieces attempted in the name of jazz, the couple is on an ongoing mission to broaden the scope of the music.
Over the years, their refusal to plough a conventional jazz furrow has won them critical plaudits but cast them as outsiders with promoters and a straight jazz audience, perhaps intimidated by Mike's state of the art compositions and Kate's powerful writing and vocal techniques.The series starts with a look at their recent work Chanson Irresponsable and goes back to their first significant collaboration, 1978's Mama Chicago, a jazz cabaret piece which won the Edinburgh Fringe award and set them off on their 25-year musical adventure.
The programme also examines the couple's first acknowledged masterpiece The Cortege which featured settings of the poetry of Lorca, Rimbaud, William Blake and Herman Hesse.
With contributions from Guy Barker, Chris Biscoe, Dave Gelly, Roger Deakin and the Westbrooks themselves.