Top of the Pops and The Tube style music show for BBC One

BBC Music is to launch a six week run for the programme which the broadcaster have yet to reveal its name.

Reggie Yates and Fearne Cotton host the annual Top of the Pops specials for BBC One.

“The BBC is the biggest music broadcaster in the UK and we are always looking for new ways to bring music to our audiences. This series will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the biggest and best UK 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.” – Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio and Music

The beeb announced their brand new six-part music series – without giving its name – yesterday. The corporation did however note the format will air live on BBC One from this autumn and feature ‘the biggest UK and international music stars’. They haven’t revealed whether, like Top of the Pops, the show will look to the Top 40 for music performance inclusion.

Paula Yates and Jools Holland host The Tube from Tyne Tees Television for Channel 4.

BBC Music do however state the six episodes will feature ‘the hottest bands and artists in the world right now, each 30-minute show will be packed with live music performances’. The show will also feature sketches and interviews which is more akin to Channel 4’s music series The Tube, which aired from 1982 to 1987 and again for a special in 2000. Produced in Newcastle by Tyne Tees Television, The Tube mixed live music performances from charting artists with sketches, including by French and Saunders, with star interviews. Unlike its beeb counterpart the TTTV show also promoted up-and-coming singers and groups.

“Following on from the success of BBC Music programmes such as Adele at the BBC and Michael Bublé at the BBC, we’re excited to be bringing this new live music series to BBC One.” – Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning for BBC Music

TTTV’s entrance tube which gave The Tube its name and featured in the opening titles of the programme.

Independent production company, Fulwell 73, has been commissioned to produce the series. Top of the Pops currently airs two specials each festive season, usually a Christmas Day and New Years Day outing bringing the best selling artists of the year to the TOTPs studio. The series aired weekly chart rundowns and live music performances from 1964 to 2006. Hosts included Noel Edmonds, Tony Blackburn and Janice Long.

Top of the Pops was dropped after a disastrous revamp and a succession of being shunted around the schedules, ending up on BBC Two towards the end of its weekly life. Further details on the new show are to be released later this year. BBC Four is currently repeating classic editions of Top of the Pops, with episodes from the year 1984.

“We’re delighted to be working with the BBC on such an exciting series. The BBC’s heritage in creating and broadcasting world-class music TV is second to none – their classic music shows were a big part of our childhoods growing up as fans devouring everything pop culture. 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.” – Gabe Turner, partner at Fulwell 73,

Tony Blackburn and Noel Edmonds host a festive special of Top of the Pops in the 1970s.
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