BBC Two explores the process of songwriting in this new three-part series, which follows from pen to paper and then to the first public performance. Each episode sees songwriter, producer and musician Guy Chambers collaborating with an artist to write a new song, kicking off with the ballad and critically acclaimed songwriter Rufus Wainwright. With universal themes of love and loss, the ballad is one of the biggest and most successful genres in pop. These are the songs that frequent weddings and funerals, and with a wealth of emotion are highly evocative. Following the duo through the whole process, the programme also hears from a variety of celebrated musical contributors who divulge the secrets of the trade. Sting, Boy George, Neil Tennant and Don Black talk about their hit ballads; Diane Warren reveals some of her tricks; and music critic Will Hodgkinson delves into the archive to investigate old ballads.