BBC singing show All Together Now is returning for a second series.
The first outing of the show was a surprise hit for the broadcaster – it drew an audience of 3.8 million viewers, making it one of the BBC’s most successful new entertainment launches of the past year.
Comic Rob Beckett will return as host, with Spice Girl Geri Horner once again heading up the 100, a unique panel of one hundred music experts and performers from across the UK, including Christopher Bartlett, who Reality Bitespoke to earlier this year.
The aim of the game for each act is to get as many of the 100 on their feet and singing along in a bid to get the highest score.
Geri said: “I loved making the first series, it was so fun, it really celebrated people, uniting all walks of life. It got the nation up on their feet and singing along on a Saturday night.
“With so many more incredible performers out there I can’t wait to get going on series two.”
Hartlepool-based Michael Rice was crowned the winner of series one earlier this year taking home £50,000 prize money (see video below).
Rob said: “I am absolutely delighted to be back hosting All Together Now. After making 100 new friends on the show the Christmas presents cost me an absolute fortune. So it’s great to be back in employment. I can’t wait to get started.”
Last week Endemol Shine Group announced the first international deal for All Together Now with Australia’s Seven Network commissioning a prime time run of the format.
Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment commissioning at BBC, said: “How could we not bring back such a fresh and funny show? It was great to see viewers of all ages enjoying this feel good format packed with memorable personalities and performances. Roll on series two.”
James Fox, managing director of Remarkable Television, added: “Launching a brand new, home-grown format on a Saturday night is not for the faint hearted but we’re incredibly proud that the show really struck a chord with BBC One viewers.
“With Rob and Geri back at the helm, we can’t wait to unearth more brilliant acts brave enough to take on The 100 in series two.”
The six-part second series will return to BBC in the future.