Military families to star in latest series of The Choir

Choirmaster Gareth Malone will return to BBC Two this autumn with a fourth series of the award-winning The Choir.

Choirmaster Gareth Malone Gareth Malone hopes to give forces families a voice

In his most emotionally challenging project to date, Malone will work with the partners and children of the armed services from the Chivenor barracks in Devon who have been deployed to Afghanistan.

He will spend six months with the people at the base - home to a mix of Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force personnel - from the time the battalion is deployed, until their homecoming parade and the big final performances.

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This continues to be an inspiring series...and we're thrilled to have Gareth back”

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'This is a very different kind of challenge for me,' he says. 'These women[the wives and girlfriends] do an important job, keeping the minds, bodies and souls of their military partners going while they are away, and whatever your feelings about conflict, they are dealing with the consequences of it on a daily basis.

'I want to lift their spirits and give them the voice they want, but we'll be making music under some very emotional circumstances.'

The three, 60-minute episodes of The Choir: Military Families (working title) will be made by indie Twenty Twenty.

Charlotte Moore, commissioning editor for Documentaries, says: 'The Choir continues to be an inspiring series...and we're thrilled to have Gareth back taking on a new and particularly emotive project.'

Boys Don't Sing

Malone first appeared on screen as an inspirational choral leader in December 2006 with the first series of The Choir, when he took a group of youngsters who had never sung before to compete in the World Choir Games in China.

The second series, Boys Don't Sing, was broadcast in 2008, with a third series, The Choir: Unsung Town, featuring the residents of a deprived Hertfordshire town, shown the following year.

The Choir strand has won two BAFTAs, an RTS Award and a Broadcasting Press Guild award.

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