The BBC has commissioned Fremantle-owned Boundless to produce The Recording Studio (w/t), in which ordinary people are invited into a world class studio to record a song with great meaning to them.
Each of the two 60-minute episodes explores the singers’ personal reasons for recording their song of choice.
Artist and producer Naughty Boy, Sister Bliss from Faithless, and acclaimed producer Andrew Hunt will work alongside voice coaches to produce and oversee the recordings, and mentor the contributors to create their special recording.
Singers include a 23-year-old man and his grandfather from Yorkshire who sing a duet; a man singing for the first time since a double lung transplant; a man with a lifelong stammer hoping singing will offer an avenue for freedom and expression; and the remaining members of Beatles contemporaries Earl Preston and the TTS, playing together for the first time in over 50 years.
The Recording Studio will premiere on BBC1 this December.
It was commissioned by BBC content director Charlotte Moore and David Brindley, head of commissioning for popular factual and factual entertainment. Ben Mitchell, director of programs at Boundless, serves as executive producer, and Helen Crampton is series producer. The commissioning editor for the BBC is Catherine Catton.
“Across the episodes we meet a host of people from up and down the UK and share the joyful and emotional impact music has in their lives,” said Catton, in a statement. “This is a heart-felt series that celebrates musical performance without judgement.”
“The Recording Studio gives ordinary people the opportunity to harness the power of music for a very special reason; whether a celebration, a message to a loved one or to help them overcome an obstacle,” added Mitchell. “The results are emotional, uplifting and inspirational.”