I'd Do Anything (2)

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== Broadcast ==
== Broadcast ==
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BBC One, 15 March - 31 May 2008 (12 episodes)
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BBC One, 15 March to 31 May 2008 (22 episodes in 1 series)
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== Synopsis ==
== Synopsis ==
Third time around the block for the BBC's musical theatre casting programmes, following the success of [[How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?|How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?]] (2006) and [[Any Dream Will Do|Any Dream Will Do]] (2007). Here, cameras followed the competitors for two roles in Andrew Lloyd Webber's forthcoming production of ''Oliver!''. Not only did we see auditions and training for the young boys playing the title role, but the programme's centrepiece was twelve young ladies in bodices who would all like to be Nancy.
Third time around the block for the BBC's musical theatre casting programmes, following the success of [[How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?|How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?]] (2006) and [[Any Dream Will Do|Any Dream Will Do]] (2007). Here, cameras followed the competitors for two roles in Andrew Lloyd Webber's forthcoming production of ''Oliver!''. Not only did we see auditions and training for the young boys playing the title role, but the programme's centrepiece was twelve young ladies in bodices who would all like to be Nancy.
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Not that any of this bothered the viewing public, who weren't tuning in to debate the fine points of musical theatre so much as they were waiting to be entertained by Graham Norton and a bunch of Nancys. Good singers belting out familiar numbers, being chided and aided by seasoned pros, while catching up on the progress of the kiddiwinks, proved a successful combination.
Not that any of this bothered the viewing public, who weren't tuning in to debate the fine points of musical theatre so much as they were waiting to be entertained by Graham Norton and a bunch of Nancys. Good singers belting out familiar numbers, being chided and aided by seasoned pros, while catching up on the progress of the kiddiwinks, proved a successful combination.
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== Winner ==
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== Champions ==
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Nancy: Jodie Prenger<br />
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Nancy: [[Jodie Prenger]]<br />
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Olivers: Gwion, Harry and Laurence
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Olivers: Gwion Jones, Harry Stott and Laurence Jeffcoate
== Trivia ==
== Trivia ==
The series followed a precedent set by [[Strictly Come Dancing|Strictly Come Dancing]] the previous autumn, by having a live performance show on Saturday nights, with the results programme taped to air on Sunday evening. Though the performances were simulcast on the BBC's new high-definition channel, the results programmes were not.
The series followed a precedent set by [[Strictly Come Dancing|Strictly Come Dancing]] the previous autumn, by having a live performance show on Saturday nights, with the results programme taped to air on Sunday evening. Though the performances were simulcast on the BBC's new high-definition channel, the results programmes were not.
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Finalist Rachel Tucker would later go on to present [[The Friday Show|The Friday Show]] with [[Eamonn Holmes|Eamonn Holmes]].
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Finalist Rachel Tucker would later go on to present [[The Friday Show|The Friday Show]] with [[Eamonn Holmes|Eamonn Holmes]]. Tara Bethan, who was eliminated in week 3, went on to host the children's talent show [[Sawl Seren?]].
== Web links ==
== Web links ==
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[http://blogs.thestage.co.uk/tvtoday/2008/03/id-do-anything-meet-the-nancies/ The final 12 profiled] at ''The Stage''.
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[https://web.archive.org/web/20080403021612/http://blogs.thestage.co.uk/tvtoday/2008/03/id-do-anything-meet-the-nancies/ The final 12 profiled] at ''The Stage'', via the Wayback Machine.
== See also ==
== See also ==
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[[How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?|How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?]]
 
[[Any Dream Will Do|Any Dream Will Do]]
[[Any Dream Will Do|Any Dream Will Do]]
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[[How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?|How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?]]
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[[Over the Rainbow]]
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[[Category:Singing]]
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[[Category:Recruitment]]

Current revision as of 15:04, 24 August 2019

Contents

Host

Graham Norton

Co-hosts

Judges: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Denise Van Outen, John Barrowman and Barry Humphries

Broadcast

BBC One, 15 March to 31 May 2008 (22 episodes in 1 series)

Synopsis

Third time around the block for the BBC's musical theatre casting programmes, following the success of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? (2006) and Any Dream Will Do (2007). Here, cameras followed the competitors for two roles in Andrew Lloyd Webber's forthcoming production of Oliver!. Not only did we see auditions and training for the young boys playing the title role, but the programme's centrepiece was twelve young ladies in bodices who would all like to be Nancy.

By now, viewers and performers knew roughly what to expect. So did the producers: six of the final twelve were already professional actors. The show's run was criticised by Kevin Spacey, a theatre director at the Old Vic, who wondered why the BBC gave so much space to Mr. Lloyd Webber's musicals, and so little to proper theatre. The Beeb's argument - that the shows are a celebration of musical theatre - would have carried much more weight if most of the songs weren't just confections of pop music with the occasional bit from the shows thrown in.

During the series, it became clear that the best performers were most comfortable when they were singing songs from musical theatre, and found it increasingly difficult to perform pop songs, as they were asked to do most weeks. It was noted that the judging panel - for this series, all stage performers - applied significantly higher standards to professionally-trained performers. Some commentators also found that the filmed inserts to find the Olivers were confusing, as it was difficult to form a bond with any of the characters.

Not that any of this bothered the viewing public, who weren't tuning in to debate the fine points of musical theatre so much as they were waiting to be entertained by Graham Norton and a bunch of Nancys. Good singers belting out familiar numbers, being chided and aided by seasoned pros, while catching up on the progress of the kiddiwinks, proved a successful combination.

Champions

Nancy: Jodie Prenger
Olivers: Gwion Jones, Harry Stott and Laurence Jeffcoate

Trivia

The series followed a precedent set by Strictly Come Dancing the previous autumn, by having a live performance show on Saturday nights, with the results programme taped to air on Sunday evening. Though the performances were simulcast on the BBC's new high-definition channel, the results programmes were not.

Finalist Rachel Tucker would later go on to present The Friday Show with Eamonn Holmes. Tara Bethan, who was eliminated in week 3, went on to host the children's talent show Sawl Seren?.

Web links

The final 12 profiled at The Stage, via the Wayback Machine.

See also

Any Dream Will Do

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

Over the Rainbow

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