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BBC unveils science, singing programming for 2017

BBC is moving into 2017 with the addition of four new shows on its slate, debuting a singing competition and three science commissions. Produced by UK-based Tuesday’s Child, Pitch Battle (working title) takes singing ...
December 21, 2016

BBC is moving into 2017 with the addition of four new shows on its slate, debuting a singing competition and three science commissions.

Produced by UK-based Tuesday’s Child, Pitch Battle (working title) takes singing groups from across the UK and from a wide range of genres to compete in a series of choral challenges. The 6 x 60 format includes five episodes of head-to-head competition between groups, and a final showdown to crown the winning team.

Executive producer for the series is Tuesday’s Child’s Karen Smith.

Pitch Battle premieres on BBC One in 2017 on an unspecified Saturday night.

Science programming on the BBC Two and Four is getting a boost with three premieres.

In The Toughest Job in the Universe (working title), former astronaut and commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield puts 12 men and women from the UK through a trying six weeks ordeal to find which of them is fit for the job of going into space. The BBC Studios 6 x 60 series premieres on BBC2 in 2017.

Dr Alice Roberts (pictured) and Ben Garrod travel the world examining evidence for the planet’s most infamous mass extinction event in Secrets of the Dinosaur Crater. This one-hour special by Barcroft Productions is set to premiere on BBC2 in 2017.c

Sound Waves has Dr Helen Czerski investigating the world of sound, from extreme acoustics to how sound is being used in underground archaeology. This BBC Studios series runs at 2 x 60 and debuts in 2017 on BBC4.

BBC2 has also renewed Stargazing Live for a seventh season and heading to Australia. Three nights of observation at the Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales are detailed in this 3 x 60 series by BBC Studios.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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