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Stock Aitken Waterman: Legends of Pop

Updated: Mar 13, 2023

We're thrilled to announce that pop producers Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman are set to reunite in our three-part documentary for Channel 5, taking a step back in time to when they dominated the music scene.


Channel 5 Reunites Stock Aitken Waterman to Step Back in Time

Stock Aitken Waterman: Step Back in Time, 3 x 60’ series includes new and exclusive interviews with Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley, Simon Cowell and more


“I really do believe the three of them are geniuses” – Simon Cowell


Channel 5 is to reunite Kings of Pop Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman in a brand new 3 x 60’ series Stock Aitken Waterman: Step Back in Time from production company, Lonesome Pine Productions.


Stock Aitken Waterman: Step Back in Time reunites the legendary record producers who took on the music business and won. Dominating pop music the world over in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, Stock Aitken Waterman sold countless millions of records and had more than one hundred UK top forty hits, launching the musical careers of Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Jason Donovan and many others. It’s a story of incredible success…but also of fractured relationships and court cases.


This three-part series features exclusive new interviews with some of the biggest artists associated with Stock Aitken Waterman - including Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley, Kim Appleby, Sonia, Princess and Hazell Dean - rare and unseen footage and tells the inside story of how a handshake outside a London pub brought together record promoter and producer Peter Waterman and songwriters, record producers and musicians Matt Aitken and Mike Stock. A team of industry outsiders, determined to do things differently, drawn together by their unique talent and combined with a belief and love in the power of pop music, the three take on the music business and do things the Stock Aitken Waterman way.


Greg Barnett, Commissioning Editor, Channel 5: “Stock Aitken Waterman created the soundtrack to the ‘80s and ‘90s. Without their expertise and talent, the world would not have enjoyed the huge success of artistes such as Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley, Bananarama and so many more amazing performers. We are delighted to reunite Mike, Matt and Pete to talk exclusively for the first time together on television, about their astounding success and the trials and tribulations behind those huge, unforgettable hits.”


Founder of Lonesome Pine Lesley Douglas said: “This series has been a labour of love – filled with some of the greatest pop music ever produced, we set out to bring the music to a new audience along with rekindling memories of the 80’s and 90’s for the original fans. This series puts Mike, Matt and Pete in their rightful place in the pop music pantheon….and thanks to Channel 5 for allowing us the time and space to deliver what we hope is the definitive SAW!”


Mike Stock said: “Only looking back do I realise what a great time it was.”


Matt Aitken said: “Like us, hate us, but you’ll never change us…”


Pete Waterman said: “If we had to do it all again, I wouldn’t change a thing.”



Stock Aitken Waterman: Step Back in Time (3 x 60’) Lonesome Pine Productions, commissioned for Channel 5 by Commissioning Editor, Greg Barnett. Lesley Douglas and Lewis Carnie Executive Producers, Lonesome Pine Productions; Director, George Scott; Producer Owen Courtney.




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