Greg James and A. Dot has been announced as the host of a new primetime music show on BBC One.
Sounds Like Friday Night will be the first ordinary, ordinary music program on the BBC since Top of the Pops was cancelled in 2006.
Broadcast live from Television Centre, it promises to feature “the hottest bands and artists in the world”, along with interviews and sketches.
Brit award winners Royal Blood have written the show’s theme tune.
“We’ve always imagined doing something like that a day,” said the group.
“It’s great that a new show of celebration of the live music is back at the BBC and creating a home for new bands to build a bigger audience. We are delighted to be a part of this.”
The show, which will be launched in October.
James, who got his break in the student radio, is the host of the Radio 1 drivetime show since 2012, and reveals the Official Maps, all the Fridays.
A. Dot is the stage name of Ashley Charles, a rapper who has played with Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot.
Also known as Amplify Dot or Dotty, she currently presents the 1Xtra Breakfast show, where she is known for her Prank Calls to a function.’Welcome to the new acts”
The two hosts will be joined by a different guest star each week, which will take part in sketches, as well as concerts.
The format appears to be similar to Adele at the BBC – which featured a viral skit in which Adele has auditioned to play his own lookalike.
“We missed a prime-time music show from our TV screens for too long so it is fair to say part of Sounds Like Friday Night is something that I am really, really excited about it,” said James in a press release.
“One thing that’s fantastic about the show is to be able to provide new and emerging is a house next to the superstars, introducing them to a new audience.”
The new show is produced by Fulwell 73, the company behind James Corden’s US chat show and Carpooling Karaoke sketch.
It has been in development since 2014, the company has sought a music show format worked.
“Pop music has no divine right to be on BBC One,” BBC Music boss Bob Shennan told Music Week earlier this year.
“The reality is that, if you stick to a succession of performance on one after the other, and there is nothing special about it, it is not necessarily to attract the public.”
“We want to open [artists] so you see them for who they are and have fun with them,” said Gabe Turner, of Fulwell 73. “The sketches, it is not only the presentation of a song, but the experience of a world.”
“I am thrilled to be a part of Sounds, As in the Night of Friday,” added A. Dot. “Each week, I’m going to meet other music lovers from all over the united KINGDOM, obtaining the truth from the viewers on social media and make the best music for you at home. I can’t wait!”
Sounds Like the Night of Friday has been given a first series of six episodes – perfectly echo on Top of the Pops, which has been commissioned for a half-dozen episodes in 1964.
This program ended up running for 42 years, recording its highest audience in 1979, when over 19 million people tuned in to see Dr. Hook, When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman at the head of the table.
But in 2002, it had lost millions of viewers 24-hour music channels like MTV. The show was eventually expelled to BBC Two before being cancelled.
The music continued to play a key role on BBC four, with the archive espiodes of TOTP appearing alongside music, documentaries and the new Live Lounge show, which compiles the best live on BBC Radio 1.
On BBC Two Later… with Jools Holland is the celebration of its 25th anniversary, while the coverage of Glastonbury, T in the Park and Reading and Leeds festivals are broadcast throughout the summer.
The music industry has received the new show with enthusiasm.
“The BBC is a fantastic supporter of British music through his radio output, and we have been encouraging senior BBC managers in recent years to step up and do more to enhance Britain’s amazing culture of music to the nation on television too,” said Geoff Taylor, chief of the BPI, which represents the UK’s recorded music industry.
“We are excited about this new opportunity for some of these countries, a unique talent to reach a major TV audience. We wish the series every success in the hope that it will become a fixture on our screens. With Greg James at the helm, it should have all the chances to do well.”
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