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U.K. GETS NEW MUSIC SHOW

The company behind CBSThe Late Late Show and Carpool Karaoke, Fulwell 73, is teaming up with the BBC for a primetime TV music series in the U.K. this autumn. News will be welcomed by the British music industry, who’ve been mourning the death of Top of the Pops for the last decade.

The six-part series will be made up of 30-minute episodes on BBC1 featuring live performances, sketches and interviews with U.K. and international artists.

London-based Fulwell 73 will produce the show, adding to its roster of film and TV programmes that include One Direction 3D: This is Us, 5 Seconds of Summer: How Did We End Up Here? and Apple Music properties Harry Styles: Behind the Album and Carpool Karaoke: The Series. It co-produces The Late Late Show alongside CBS, which made its London debut for three one-off episodes on Sky in June; host James Corden is a partner in the firm.

Additionally, Fulwell boasts four BRIT Awards for Best Music Video for One Direction’s “History,” “Drag Me Down,” “You & I,” and “Best Song Ever.”

There’s currently very few primetime slots for music on TV in Blighty aside from Jools Holland’s Later…, of which there are 15 episodes across two series per year, and Graham Norton’s chat show, which usually has one music-related guest, as does ITV’s Johnathan Ross Show.

Director of BBC Radio and BBC Music Bob Shennan said: “This series will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the biggest and best U.K. and international bands and artists and we’re looking forward to working with one of the world’s most innovative and creative TV production companies.”

Gabe Turner, partner at Fulwell 73, added: "The range of genres and different styles that people are listening to now is more diverse than ever before, and it’s a great time to be making a show that gives a mainstream TV platform to the most exciting stuff out there."

 

 

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