BBC Lines Up Shows To Fill The Gaps Left By Cancelled Events Such As Glastonbury & Eurovision
With every major sporting, music, and other large events cancelled, the BBC has been left with some big gaps to fill in its schedule. To help cover those holes (and provide some much-needed entertainment) the Beeb has announced a range of programmes designed to bring the nation together during these difficult times. Along with some Glastonbury & Eurovision based entertainment, ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘The Graham Norton Show’ and ‘The Mash Report’ are all set to return, although probably in some sort of modified format. The full list includes:
Glastonbury Experience – BBC – June 2020
Glastonbury may have had to cancel its 50th-anniversary festival this June, but we are still working to mark the weekend with a Glastonbury experience to celebrate the spirit of this unique event. We will bring the nation together and create a weekend of the best in music across radio, television and online with amazing performances for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home. And we will be in touch shortly with more details of the weekend.
Eurovision: Come Together – BBC One – 16 May 2020
BBC One and Graham Norton bring the country together for a special Eurovision broadcast – Eurovision: Come Together on Saturday 16 May 2020. Produced by BBC Studios the show will feature classic Eurovision performances, a look at what would have been in 2020 and entertaining interviews, including this year’s UK entry James Newman.
Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer – BBC One – Summer 2020
Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer is BBC One’s brand new jam-packed live entertainment show for summer 2020. The series is set to be a one-stop-shop of summery entertainment led by former professional footballer and national hero Peter Crouch along with multi-talented TV and BBC Radio 1 presenter Maya Jama and comedy supremo Alex Horne and his band the Horne Section broadcasting live from his studio hub, intent on giving the ensconced British public a little bit of all the big summer events that have been taken away.
Using the full scope of communication technology and the hosts showbiz-heavy phonebook, Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer will take advantage of everyone being stuck at home to remotely bring audiences live music, replacement sports action, exclusive comedy, celebrity guests, interactive audience fun and VT adventures from all over the country – and beyond.
An entertainment show like no other for a time like no other, the series picks up where the cancelled festivals, tournaments and gatherings left off and takes a running jump into the night. So sit back with Peter, Maya, Alex and his band plus a host of other special guests and get ready to party for a summer like no other. Besides, who needs a studio audience, anyway?
Have I Got News For You – BBC One – 3 April 2020
Have I Got News For You is determined to make its usual Friday night show, for its 59th series on 3 April 2020. The regulars will be sitting in their usual seats, come what may (although we can’t quite be sure where those seats will be). Paul will be using the wonders of modern technology and Ian Hislop will be using semaphore. Steph McGovern will be hosting the first show with guest, Miles Jupp and Helen Lewis.
The Graham Norton Show – BBC One – 10 April 2020
Graham Norton will be back on Friday nights – not quite as usual, but still featuring the biggest stars and the best stories, including the famous Red Chair – now relocated to the comfort of your own armchair at home. From Friday 10 April 2020.
The Mash Report – BBC Two – Day/Time TBD
The Mash Report will be back on BBC Two at a time when people need laughter and topical insight more than ever. Reflecting what everyone else is going through at the moment, the show will be self-isolating, with the whole cast filming themselves at home.
Nish Kumar will be virtually joined by our quarantined correspondents including Rachel Parris, Geoff Norcott, Ellie Taylor, Steve N Allen, Catherine Bohart, Desiree Burch, and Ahir Shah. So if you don’t like jokes and analysis, you will at least get to see inside the houses of some very minor celebrities.
The Choir: Britain In Lockdown – BBC Two – Day/Time TBD
With Britain and the world facing an unprecedented crisis, people in isolation are turning to music and song to help them through. Now, the nation’s favourite choirmaster Gareth Malone is harnessing that positive energy and bringing all those who are staying in their homes, but who want to sing, together to form The Great British Home Chorus.
Having recently won an RTS Programme Award for The Choir: Our School By The Tower, this fast-moving, topical and inspiring BBC Two series will follow Gareth’s new venture as he connects amateurs and professionals all over the country in a chorus of uplifting joy amidst these uncertain times.
The Vivienne Takes On Hollywood – BBC Three – Day/Time TBD
UK’s first Drag Superstar The Vivienne is embarking on an adventure to Hollywood where, each week, she’ll be joined by a different celebrity co-pilot who helps her along the way to making her first-ever music video. As The Vivienne is a fish out of water, she spends time with numerous Hollywood legends, all of whom guide her on the journey to see what it takes to make it in this city.
Guests include Tony-award winning singer Marissa Jaret Winokur, comedian and motivational speaker Daniel Franzese, Hollywood legend Bruce Vilanch, world-renowned choreographer Mark Kanemura, local drag expert Chester Lockhart, and special guest Chad Michaels.
Models: Street To Catwalk – BBC Three – Day/Time TBD
A brand new factual series for BBC Three, produced by MultiStory Media, part of ITV Studios. The series will throw open the doors to one of the UK’s biggest modelling agencies to reveal the stories behind the billboards and photoshoots. The series will give viewers an exclusive, access-all-areas pass to the inner workings of the modelling industry in the UK and across the world.
Manchester-based agency Nemesis is allowing cameras in for unrivalled insight into the industry. An edgy, diverse ‘Manchester look’ is in demand across the board, and the region has become a hotbed for new talent. The agency is looking for brand new talent to add to its roster, but there is no time to waste and the wannabe models will only get one shot to impress. This four-part series will follow the potential next generation of modelling elite as they are scouted from some of the most deprived areas of the North West and embark on a new career, taking them across the UK and beyond.
Models: Street To Catwalk opens a window into the experience of being scouted by a top agency. Viewers will get a rare look behind the scenes of the glamorous, jet-set- world of modelling while exploring the intimate and emotional stories of Manchester’s young men and women who have been given a shot at changing their lives forever.
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