Let It Shine
Gary Barlow, Martin Kemp, Dannii Minogue (judges, all shows)
Amber Riley (judge, heats only)
BBC Studios Entertainment for BBC One, 7 January 2017 to present
Gary Barlow from Take That has written a jukebox musical. On the maxim of "write what you know", it's an account of the rise, fall, and rebirth of Take That.
There's one problem: Take That cannot play themselves on stage. They're as old as their fans, and can't pass for strapping young lads any more.
To solve this problem, Barlow and the BBC stage a talent competition. Their aim: cast five members of the band.
Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc host. The judging panel includes Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet and Eastenders), Dannii Minogue (a singer in her own right), and Amber Riley from Glee for the heats.
This programme has not yet aired. A full review will appear here after broadcast.
Went out on Saturday evenings, opposite ITV's The Voice UK.
About ten years earlier, the BBC made a small industry out of musical theatre talent searches: see How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria, Any Dream Will Do, I'd Do Anything, Over the Rainbow. And however hard we try, we cannot forget ITV's efforts Superstar and Grease is the Word.