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LONDON - The story behind Irish rock star Bob Geldof's global Live Aid Concert to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia is being made into a TV film, the BBC said yesterday.
The 1985 concert, organised by Geldof and music promoter Harvey Goldsmith, reached an estimated 1,5 billion people and did much to raise the public and political profile of those suffering from poverty, starvation and disease in Africa.
Filming has already begun in Dublin for the 90-minute drama.
When Harvey met Bob follows the story from the moment Geldof arrived home to find his then girlfriend Paula Yates holding their baby and weeping as she watched TV footage from feeding camps in Eritrea.
But it is on a trip to Ethiopia to ensure the proceeds from the record, which sold millions of copies, reached the starving that Geldof realised more needed to be done and teamed up with Goldsmith to stage a huge televised international charity gig, held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia.
"We were inspired by this story because it has, at its heart, a fantastic relationship," says Kate Triggs of producers Great Meadow Productions. - Reuters