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Preaching to The Choir: Inside BBC America's Musical Reality Series

Have a song in your heart but missing Glee? Why not tune in next Wednesday evening for BBC America's latest British import, reality series The Choir?

The series follows boyish-looking choirmaster Gareth Malone as he recruits a choir from some rather unlikely places and launches next Wednesday evening here in the US. The thirteen episodes are broken down into three story pods--Northholt High School, Boys Don't Sing, and Unsung Town--each of which recounts Gareth's latest challenge in a new location. (Just think of them as three distinct mini-seasons of the same series.) Watch as Gareth tackles an average high school, an all-boys school, and a small town that's anything but a unified community. Can Gareth get these people to sing and to coalesce into a choir? Find out this summer.

Not won over yet? Here's what the British press had to say about this inspirational and uplifting series:

The Independent: "As profoundly a moving piece of television as has ever been made"

The Times: "One of the most enthralling, informative and uplifting reality series yet made"

The Express: “Gareth’s determination and belief has paid huge dividends, bringing together the community and transforming lives”

The Daily Mail: “This is another astonishing, inspiring and moving success story for the amazing Gareth Malone”

The Evening Standard: "Jamie Oliver might have changed school dinners with his TV series but Gareth Malone showed that we are more, much more than we eat."

The Daily Telegraph: "[A] compelling sociological experiment... Oh Gareth, how much more love can we give you? None for you have it all."

But just don't take their word for it. Check out two inside looks at The Choir, along with a three-plus-minute sneak peek at the series, below.

The Choir: Inside Look #1



The Choir: Inside Look #2



Sneak Peek: The Choir



The Choir premieres Wednesday, July 7th at 10 pm ET/PT on BBC America.

Comments

wackiland said…
OK, Jace. Taking your word on this one. DVR is set.
Anonymous said…
I recommend you watch this - it will inspire you, make you cry and leave you feeling totally uplifted!!!! Gareth has a true gift for making you feel special! Enjoy - but please send him back to us in the UK!
Anonymous said…
Gareth Malone is a British national treasure - his fourth series has just been shown on British tv - he made a youth chorus for a brand new opera called 'Knight Crew' and they performed the world premiere at Glyndebourne. You could see that series on bbc iplayer (I guess you can see that in USA).

I think you will be moved and impressed - you can't help but be inspired.
Jace Lacob said…
Pampolin,

BBC iPlayer is not visible outside the UK. It is a heavily geo-filtered service, sadly.

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