In December 1982, Michael Jackson was at his creative peak, Quincy Jones was music’s most powerful producer and MTV was looking for a figurehead to champion music videos.
They all came together to create an audio-visual phenomenon and the highest-selling album in history.
25 years later Trevor Nelson tells the story of Thriller in Thriller � Michael Jackson’s Masterpiece and reveals how how it created the world’s biggest superstar and how it all nearly fell apart.
This programme features all nine album tracks and exclusive interviews with Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton (who wrote the title track), former CBS President Walter Yetnikoff, MTV founder Bob Pittman, guitarist Steve Lukather, keyboardist Greg Phillianganes and original “moonwalker” Jeffrey Daniel.
Saturday 1 December, 8.00pm BBC RADIO 2