BBC One launches new Saturday night music entertainment show

There are millions of people in the UK of all ages and backgrounds who sing simply for the love of it, for the joy and sense of community it creates. Tuesday’s Child’s excellent new format reflects this with shed loads of sass and spirit. We can’t wait to get started!Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning
Date: 21.12.2016     Last updated: 21.12.2016 at 13.30
Riff Offs, Mash-Ups, solo showdowns and group harmonies are coming to BBC One in 2017, as a brand new Saturday night music entertainment show Pitch Battle (w/t) searches the nation to find Britain’s best singing group, it was announced today.

Commissioned from Tuesday's Child, Pitch Battle (w/t) is a contemporary competition that will feature the best singing groups from across the UK and from all musical styles: pop, rock, folk and gospel to a capella groups and even fishermen’s choirs.

Over the course of five hour-long, heat episodes, they'll compete head-to-head over a series of choral challenges including Pitch Perfect inspired Riff Offs, a soloists challenge and an a capella round. The groups will need to pull out-all-the-stops in this no-chords-barred, sing or be sung-off tournament to win the live final.

Created by Karen Smith’s indie Tuesday’s Child, the show was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning.

Kate Phillips: “There are millions of people in the UK of all ages and backgrounds who sing simply for the love of it, for the joy and sense of community it creates. Tuesday’s Child’s excellent new format reflects this with shed loads of sass and spirit. We can’t wait to get started!”

Karen Smith, CEO Tuesday’s Child: “After a divisive, depressing 2016, we’re bringing some humour and harmony to 2017 in a contemporary new format with story, scale and spelling-binding, hairs-on-the-back-of-your neck performances.”

Pitch Battle (w/t) is a 6x60 format and was awarded to Tuesday's Child following a three-stage pitch process after 12 independent producers submitted proposals.

The Executive Producer for Tuesday’s Child is Karen Smith and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Jo Wallace.

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