More people than ever will be spending most of their time at home in front of the TV – so the BBC has announced its timetable for programmes in the challenging period ahead, with the intention of entertaining the nation at its time of need.
Many of the broadcaster’s favourite personalities experienced and new will be on screens this year, with a concerted effort to replace some of the most highly-anticipated events usually drawing large TV audiences, which have now been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
The BBC says it intends to connect people virtually and “give them something to look forward to”, where many Brits would in other years get the experience at events like Glastonbury.
New programmes being planned include The Glastonbury Experience, which promises to create a weekend of the best in music across radio, television and online; Eurovision: Come Together on BBC One, which will feature classic performances as well as a look at how 2020’s event would have happened; and Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer, also on BBC One, which features the footballer and podcaster hosting a live entertainment show from his studio alongside Maya Jama and Alex Horne.
On the BBC’s digital channel BBC Three, The Vivienne, winner of the UK version of RuPaul’s Drag Race, will present The Vivienne Takes On Hollywood, in which the drag queen will be joined by a “celebrity co-pilot” on her journey to LA, helping her make her first-ever music video.
Gareth Malone will bring his recognisable brand of programming to screens with The Choir: Britain In Lockdown, in which he’ll bring together those staying in their homes who want to sing, together to form The Great British Home Chorus.