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BBC hires BBC to make next four series of Later… With Jools Holland

By | Published on Thursday 28 March 2019


The BBC has had a long hard think about who should take its long-running music show ‘Later… With Jools Holland’ onwards and upwards in the coming years and has decided that the organisation probably best equipped to do that is the BBC. It’s a bold new world!

The Beeb allowed other telly makes to bid to take on the production of the ‘Later’ show as part of its so called Compete Or Compare strategy which – the Corporation explains – underlines its “commitment to commission the best programmes for audiences, regardless of who makes them”.

To ensure it got the gig to keep making the music programme over the next two years, BBC Studios went into to full-on brainstorming mode and came up with some radical new ideas about how the whole ‘Later’ franchise could be reinvigorated for the modern age. And fuck me if they didn’t crack it. The radical new plan? Guest presenters. So bold!

Says BBC Two boss Patrick Holland: “With its unique curatorial vision and commitment to performance, ‘Later… With Jools Holland’ is a vital part of the BBC Two schedule. For this tender process, we asked for fresh ideas to evolve this great show and were really excited by the vision and bold thinking of the BBC Studios team. I’m confident that the winning bid will build on the show’s famous history and develop it in an exciting direction”.

And who doesn’t like exciting new directions? No one, that’s who.