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BBC readies “Playlisters”, “River Walks”

UK pubcaster BBC has unveiled two commissions heading to BBC1 in the coming months. Anchoring the slate of commissions is Playlisters (w/t; 6 x 30 minutes) from Tuesday’s Child. The weekly music quiz ...
November 20, 2018

UK pubcaster BBC has unveiled two commissions heading to BBC1 in the coming months.

Anchoring the slate of commissions is Playlisters (w/t; 6 x 30 minutes) from Tuesday’s Child.

The weekly music quiz show format, commissioned by BBC Entertainment and BBC Music, will feature three couples competing for a chance to win £10,000 (US$13,000) by naming the song and the artist played for them. Hosted by Rochelle and Marvin Humes, each round will feature popular tunes from the 1960s to today across a variety of genres.

The executive producer of Playlisters is Karen Smith for Tuesday’s Child.

The series has been commissioned for BBC1 by Kate Phillips, controller entertainment commissioning, and Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, alongside BBC Music’s Jan Younghusband, head of commissioning, and James Stirling, head of content commissioning. BBC’s Jo Street serves as commissioning editor.

Playlisters will debut on BBC1 in 2019.

Elsewhere, BBC1 will premiere a series of one-off documentaries set to explore England’s most scenic riverbanks this December.

River Walks (pictured) will feature famous guides as they head out to 11 riverside locations across England in an attempt to reveal how the waterways shaped the local landscape, history and culture. Each of England’s 11 regions will have its own episode, with localized episodes taking viewers to such scenic locations as the River Nidd in North Yorkshire, the Severn Way in the Midlands, River Exe on Exmoor and the Kentish Stour.

Rachel Johnson and her father Stanley, singer-turned-farmer JB Gill, broadcaster Stuart Maconie and actress Shobna Gulati are among the famous names leading the exploration of England’s waterways.

River Walks airs on BBC1 on Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m., with the entire series being available across the nation on BBC’s iPlayer.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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