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BBC planning new prime-time music show

By | Published on Wednesday 19 July 2017

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The BBC is plotting a new prime-time music-focused TV show, according to The Sun. It is being made by independent producer Fulwell 73, which has been behind an assortment of music telly specials over the years and has been a producer of America’s ‘Late Late Show’ since James Corden took over as host in 2015.

That latter project also saw Fulwell involved in that whole ‘Carpool Karoke’ nonsense, which has – in part – seemingly inspired the new BBC music show, which will involve musicians taking part in comedy skits before singing their songs. A big name celebrity will co-host with a regular presenter.

I mean, it sounds awful, but the music industry will welcome any programme format that gives artists the opportunity to perform to a mainstream audience in a prime-time telly slot; record labels still annoyed by the demise of ‘Top Of The Pops’, even though it’s more than a decade since the Beeb ran that programme into the ground.

Says one of those pesky sources to The Sun: “The BBC has been desperate for a music show for a modern-day audience. Bosses know they can’t simply get away with showing musicians perform their latest tracks, there needs to be a social media element with the scope to create virals, like ‘The Late Late Show’ and Jimmy Fallon do in the US”.

Remember when Channel 4 had ‘Popworld’? Ah, they were happy happy days weren’t they? Go on, go back and check some of those Simon Amstell interviews on YouTube. A golden age. But hey, “social media elements” – I’m sure that will be marvellous.



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