X Factor judge Gary Barlow has taken time out from his busy schedule to visit the troops in Afghanistan for a one-off ITV documentary to be shown at Christmas.

Take That singer and songwriter Gary will be observing all the brave work the Armed Forces are doing in the troubled region, then put on a performance for the soldiers featuring his own songs and other hits, such as Michael Buble’s classic Home, and the poignant He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother. Gary doesn’t hog the limelight, though – he’s joined by military members keen to show off their own musical talents!

‘It’s been amazing and inspiring; something I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of years now,’ says Gary. ‘I can’t believe we have actually done it and achieved it. It’s a memory that will stay with me forever. It’s been a privilege being here and meeting people who are serving so far from the UK.”