The BBC has announced a brand new Saturday night music entertainment show for BBC One.
Airing in 2017, Pitch Battle (provisional title) scours the nation to find Britain’s best singing group and is described by the beeb as ‘a contemporary competition featuring the best singing groups from across the UK and from all musical styles: pop, rock, folk and gospel to a capella groups and even fishermen’s choirs’.
Over the course of five hour-long, heat episodes, they’ll compete head-to-head over a series of choral challenges including Pitch Perfect inspired Riff Offs, a soloists challenge and an a capella round.
The groups will need to pull out-all-the-stops in this no-chords-barred, sing or be sung-off tournament to win the live final.
“There are millions of people in the UK of all ages and backgrounds who sing simply for the love of it, for the joy and sense of community it creates. Tuesday’s Child’s excellent new format reflects this with shed loads of sass and spirit. We can’t wait to get started!” – Kate Phillips, BBC Controller of Entertainment Commissioning
The six part format was awarded to Karen Smith’s indie Tuesday’s Child following a three-stage pitch process after 12 independent producers submitted proposals. The Executive Producer for Tuesday’s Child is Karen Smith and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Jo Wallace.