BBC to launch Pitch Battle, a new Saturday night search for singing group

A new singing group talent search inspired by the 2012 film Pitch Perfect is to debut on BBC1 in 2017

The BBC has commissioned its next Saturday night talent show – a search for Britain’s best singing group.

Pitch Battle – inspired by the movie Pitch Perfect – will launch on BBC1 next year.

The 2012 movie Pitch Perfect, starring Anna Kendrick, followed the journey of an all-girl a cappella group.

Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick (Ian West/PA)


The BBC, which lost The Voice to ITV, says it will ‘feature the best singing groups from across the UK and from all musical styles: pop, rock, folk and gospel to a capella groups and even fishermen’s choirs’.

“They’ll compete head-to-head over a series of choral challenges including Pitch Perfect-inspired riff-offs, a soloist’s challenge and an a capella round, culminating in a live final.”

Gary Barlow
Gary Barlow is searching for musical stars (Ian West/PA)


It comes as the BBC prepares to screen Let It Shine – Gary Barlow’s search for a boyband to star in a theatre production – to rival The Voice on ITV.

Entertainment commissioning controller Kate Phillips said: “There are millions of people in the UK of all ages and backgrounds who sing simply for the love of it, for the joy and sense of community it creates.

Tuesday’s Child’s excellent new format reflects this with shed loads of sass and spirit. We can’t wait to get started!”


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