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When Harvey Met Bob

When Harvey Met Bob
Genre Biography
Written by Joe Dunlop
Directed by Nicholas Renton
Starring Domhnall Gleeson
Ian Hart
Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Chris Dunlop
Theme music composer Queen
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Catherine Magee
Editor(s) Tony Cranstoun
Cinematography Owen McPollin
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) Blast! Films
Original channel Element Pictures
Great Meadow Productions
Original release
  • 26 December 2010 (2010-12-26)
    (United Kingdom)
  • 7 May 2011 (2011-05-07)

When Harvey Met Bob is a 2010 television film, written by Joe Dunlop, dramatising the relationship between musician Bob Geldof and concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith as they organize the massive fundraising concert Live Aid in 1985. Directed by Nicholas Renton, the film stars Domhnall Gleeson as Geldof and Ian Hart as Goldsmith.[1][2][3]

The film was first broadcast on 26 December 2010 on BBC Four and later in Sweden the following year.

Critics praised Gleeson's performance as Geldof, but wrote that Geldof's mixed motives and the true toughness of Goldsmith were insufficiently explored.[3][1]


In October 1984, rock musician Bob Geldof is appalled by the plight of starving Ethiopians which he sees on television news. He persuades his pop musician friends to record the million-selling charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?". Determined to stage a massive live concert, Geldof brings in hard-headed rock promoter Harvey Goldsmith who provides a realistic foil to Bob's wish-list of performers. Preparations are fraught with arguments, and Geldof is disappointed to fail to secure Bruce Springsteen. After addressing his old school, and with only five days before the big event, Geldof gets involved with the complicated matters of finance, logistics and co-ordinating international broadcasters. Geldof gets Prince Charles and Princess Diana to attend simply by asking them. Finally the day of the concerts arrives and, as Paul McCartney sings "Let It Be", Harvey and Bob know they have succeeded.



In February 2011 the film picked up two awards at the 8th Irish Film & Television Awards. In the Television Drama category it won "Best Single Drama" and Domhnall Gleeson won an award for "Actor in a Lead Role".


  1. ^ a b Neil McCormick (22 December 2010). "Bob Geldof, Harvey Goldsmith – and the truth about Live Aid". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Charles (26 December 2010). "When Harvey Met Bob, BBC Two". the arts desk. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Andrew Anthony (2 January 2011). "Rewind TV: Upstairs Downstairs; When Harvey Met Bob; Michael Jackson's Secret Hollywood; Toast". The Observer. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 

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