BBC1, Gary Barlow to “Let It Shine”

The UK pubcaster has commissioned the entertainment competition series Let It Shine (w/t), set to broadcast during the Saturday night slot that was once home to The Voice UK on the net. (Pictured: Barlow)
June 17, 2016

UK pubcaster BBC1 has commissioned the tentatively titled Let It Shine (pictured), a Saturday night primetime entertainment series in association with English singer-songwriter Gary Barlow.

Produced by BBC Studios Entertainment, the singing format will look to unearth talent over eight weeks of competition to form a band that will join the cast of the forthcoming nationwide musical stage show, The Band, which will feature the music of Barlow’s former band, the ’90′s English pop group Take That.

The series, which slides into the vacated Saturday night slot left by The Voice UK‘s departure, will be hosted by Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc, and will see Barlow joined by three as-yet named mentors seeking out the UK’s best performers.

Casting for the British series has now opened.

Andrew Cartmell serves as executive producer on the series, with Guy Freeman – editor of formats and special events – overseeing the production. The series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC controller of TV channels and iPlayer; Alan Tyler, acting controller of BBC Entertainment commissioning; and Rachel Ashdown, commissioning editor for BBC Entertainment.

“BBC1′s new Saturday night show will bring families together to celebrate Britain’s love of musical theater, combining singing, performance and dance in a hotly contested search to find a new group,” said Moore in a statement. “Masterminded by Gary Barlow, our sensational hosts Graham and Mel will guide viewers through eight weeks of unmissable competition, all to win a dream place in a new stage show.”

“Back in 1989, we were just a group of normal guys from Manchester who came together to become Take That,” added Barlow. “Now with Let It Shine, we’re looking for people from all walks of life to form another unique group who can recreate that magic.”

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