UK telvision channel ITV1 presents a documentary about Bernie Taupin, Elton's longtime lyricist at 11:20pm (22:20 GMT) on August 4, 2002. The South Bank Show, presented by Melvyn Bragg, will shed light on Bernie's earliest literary influences during his days as a schoolboy growing up in the farming community in Lincolnshire, UK.
A love of music, films and books and all things American not only influenced his lyric writing, but ultimately lead to him setting up home in California.
In an exclusive interview at his farm in California, Bernie guides us through his lyric writing process, explaining what influenced specific songs, and how he feels his words have been interpreted by Elton John amongst others. With Elton John at the piano, witness how Bernie's lyrics, when married to Elton's melodies, have produced some of the most memorable songs in popular music.
The concluding part of the programme allows Bernie to shed light on how he feels American society and culture is still influencing his work.This South Bank Show provides a rare glimpse into the life of one of the world's most prolific songwriters and includes interviews with Sir Tim Rice, Alice Cooper, Baz Luhrmann, Hal David and music journalist Barney Hoskins together with some rare archive footage of Elton John, Bernie, Heart, Jefferson Starship and Alice Cooper.