The BBC is to launch a new Top of the Pops-style music show more than 11 years after it axed its flagship pop music programme.
The corporation has announced that a six-part music series will be broadcast live this autumn on BBC1 and feature performances from a collection of the biggest UK and global music stars in each episode.
The name of the programme and its place in the schedule are yet to be confirmed but it is understood it will be broadcast at peak times in the evening.
Unlike Top of the Pops, the new 30-minute show will feature sketches and interviews as well as live performances.
It will be made by the production company Fulwell 73, whose five partners include James Corden and Ben Winston, the executive producer of Corden’s US chat show The Late Late Show.
The BBC has confirmed that Corden will not present the programme, although it is yet to say who will.
The BBC has not had a regular flagship music programme on BBC1 since Top of the Pops was cancelled in 2006.
Top of the Pops was first broadcast in 1964. Like the new BBC music show it was only commissioned for six episodes before winning a permanent weekly slot.
More than 2,000 episodes of the programme have been broadcast, including Christmas Day specials since 2006, but its legacy has been severely tainted by the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal. Savile presented the first episode of the show.
The new programme has been commissioned by Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content, and Jan Younghusband, head of commissioning for BBC Music.
Bob Shennan, director of BBC Radio and Music, said: “This series will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the biggest and best UK and international bands and artists and we’re looking forward to working with one of the world’s most innovative and creative TV production companies.”
Gabe Turner, another partner at Fulwell 73, added: “The BBC’s heritage in creating and broadcasting world-class music TV is second to none – their classic music shows were a big part of our childhoods growing up as fans devouring everything pop culture. The range of genres and different styles that people are listening to now is more diverse than ever before, and it’s a great time to be making a show that gives a mainstream TV platform to the most exciting stuff out there.”
I feel that this could perhaps work in the right slot, and if it doesn't consist of purely chart music - though I think a little of that will be important. Equally, I can see it failing. A lot rides on