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BBC One teams up with Gary Barlow for Let It Shine

The 8-part series will form a group for a new musical production based around Take That’s hits.

Gary Barlow
Credit: BBC One

Gary Barlow is heading back to TV for BBC One’s new Saturday night entertainment show tentatively called Let It Shine.

Presented by Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc, Let It Shine will seek out new talent to create a band who will join the cast of a brand new stage show featuring the music of Take That, created in association with Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald.

The 8 week competition will find Gary looking for talented individuals to form a new group. He will be joined by three mentors each week to find the best talent the country has to offer. The winning group will perform the hits of the band in a nationwide musical stage show called The Band.

Gary said, “Back in 1989 we were just a group of normal guys from Manchester who came together to become Take That. The secret to our success was that each of us brought something different to the group and that the five of us had real chemistry. Now with Let It Shine we’re looking for people from all walks of life to form another unique group who can recreate that magic. If you think you’ve got what it takes, we want to see it!”

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Let It Shine will feature all-singing and all-dancing performances as the show unearths the best talent from all over the United Kingdom.

Casting is now open. For more information on taking part go to

The series is commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC Controller of TV Channels and iPlayer alongside Alan Tyler, Acting Controller BBC Entertainment Commissioning and Rachel Ashdown, Commissioning Editor for BBC Entertainment.

Let It Shine is a BBC Studios Entertainment Production, overseen by Guy Freeman, Editor of Formats and Special Events (Diamond Jubilee Concert, Children in Need Rocks, Adele at the BBC) and Executive Producer Andrew Cartmell (Sport Relief: Clash of The Titans, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two).

Watch a teaser for the show featuring Gary Barlow below:

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