With his awe-inspiring music, Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most successful composers ever and has written some of the biggest theatre shows in the world.
This unique, access-all-areas film takes Piers to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Mediterranean hideaway and then back to the West End as he finds out what it’s like to be married to the genius and what it’s like to work for him.
“Lord Lloyd Webber is many things, but national treasure isn’t one of them,” says Piers: “and I want to know why.”
With unprecedented access and no subject off limits, Piers delves deep and asks Lord Webber about his affair with singer Sarah Brightman.
Plus, the composer also reveals how he’s come to terms with living with cancer.
Including interviews with his wife, daughter, brother and friends Graham Norton, Arlene Phillips and Michael Ball, the documentary gets beneath the skin of Lord Lloyd Webber and reveals a side to him that’s never been seen before.
As he welcomes Piers to his picturesque rustic villa in the hill tops of Majorca, he serves him coffee and talks about his short attention span. He shows Piers around and the pair chat about all the great hits he has produced, and the one that surprised the world – Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.
Piers also asks Lord Lloyd Webber about his appearance and what he thinks about the hurtful criticism he has received about the way he looks.
Despite having millions in the bank, as Lord Lloyd Webber takes Piers to the local grocery shop to buy their dinner, he reveals that when he flies to Majorca he often uses budget airlines.
As the pair get to know each other, Piers questions Lord Lloyd Webber about his love-life and he opens up about his affair with singer Sarah Brightman.
In 1991, the composer married his current wife Madeleine and, as Lord Lloyd Webber prepares dinner, Piers speaks to her about living with him and wonders if he’ll pluck up the courage to ask her if Sarah Brightman’s famous quote about his manhood is true?
As their stay in Majorca comes to an end Piers plans to meet with Lord Lloyd Webber again in London.
He says: “I want to get to the nitty gritty, I want to know what really makes this guy tick because you don’t make a billion dollars as the world’s most successful composer by being a shrinking violet.”
As the pair meet in the UK, Lord Lloyd Webber takes Piers to visit a church which always fascinated him when he was growing up. They talk about Lord Lloyd Webber’s childhood in London and he reveals that he won a scholarship at Oxford but quit after a few months to write musicals.
And Lord Lloyd Webber takes Piers to the theatre as he gears up for his next spectacular production.
When Piers Met Andrew Lloyd Webber is produced and directed by Mike Reilly. The executive producers are Clive Tulloh and Deborah Sargeant.
Saturday, 9 April 2011, 9:10PM – 10:10PM ITV1