Choirmaster Gareth Malone returns to BBC Two this autumn with the fourth series of the BAFTA and RTS award-winning series The Choir – and this series is set to be his most ambitious and emotional challenge to date.
The Choir: Military Families (working title) sees Gareth working with the partners and children of the armed services from the Chivenor barracks in Devon who have been deployed to Afghanistan.
The base is home to a mix of Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force personnel and Gareth will spend six months with the Forces community, from the time the battalion is deployed, until their homecoming parade and the big final performances.
During his time with the battalion families Gareth will embed himself into life on the base.
Many military wives have spoken of feeling overlooked. They desperately want a voice to express themselves, and this is an opportunity for those left behind in the UK to come together – without the boundaries of age, rank or background. Can Gareth unite the wives – and the base – through the power of song?
Gareth Malone says: “This is a very different kind of challenge for me. These women do an important job – keeping the minds, bodies and souls of their military partners going while they are away – and whatever your feelings about conflict, these women are dealing with the consequences of it on a daily basis. I want to lift their spirits and give them the voice they want, but we’ll be making music under some very emotional circumstances.”
Charlotte Moore, Commissioning Editor for Documentaries, says: “The Choir continues to be an inspiring series – loved by the BBC Two audience and recognised for its award-winning approach – and it demonstrates the true depth and variety of successful documentaries on the channel.
“We’re thrilled to have Gareth back on BBC Two taking on a new and particularly emotive project.”
Gareth first took his work as an inspirational choirmaster on to television screens in December 2006 with the first series of The Choir, with astounding success.