Madness: Before We Was We – Watch episode 1 of the Nutty Boys' own story for free

They're the band that went from the streets of London to the very top of Buckingham Palace. Here's how to watch episode 1 of the AMC Madness documentary Before We Was We for free.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 1 May 2021 - 10.14pm

Madness are part of British pop royalty, and can boast 10 UK top 10 albums, 15 top 10 singles and an Ivor Novello Award as well as unforgettable performances at Glastonbury, Central Hall on New Year’s Eve and on top of Buckingham Palace.

With the smash hits One Step Beyond, Baggy Trousers, House of Fun and It Must Be Love, they blended ska, reggae, pop and rock with magical results, taking it to the top of the charts and into the nation's hearts.

More than 40 years since the release their first hit single The Prince, the Nutty Boys are taking a look back at the music, upbringing and the social upheaval in post-War London that shaped them, in the AMC documentary series Before We Was We.

A celebration of one of Britain’s greatest ever bands, it’s a must-watch three-part series. And as an added bonus, we're making the first episode available for everyone to watch.

How to watch Before We Was We: Madness by Madness episode 1

The first episode of the documentary will be available to watch for free on BT’s YouTube channel on May 1.

You can also watch the first episode here on

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How to watch AMC and the full series of Before We Was We

Before We Was We: Madness by Madness starts on May 1 at 9pm on AMC.

All three episodes will be available to stream for BT TV customers on the BT Player

AMC is available in the UK exclusively on BT TV.

Find out more about BT TV packages

BT TV customers can watch AMC on channel 332/381 HD, the BT Player and BT TV App.

AMC is the UK home of TV series including smash hit Fear the Walking Dead, anthology series The Terror, travel documentary Ride with Norman Reedus and Pierce Brosnan’s The Son.

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