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New music series seeks fan memorabilia

PHOP punks

From drumsticks to diary entries, new BBC Four series the People’s History of Pop (PHOP) will look at the evolution of music through the eyes of its fans.

The series will be split into four episodes, to air throughout 2016, each focusing on a different decade of pop history.

In an industry first, production company 7 Wonder is working with Historypin, a user-generated digital archive of historical artefacts, to collate music memorabilia from fans across the country.

Channel 4 commissions new Spice Girls documentary

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With hundreds of hours of archive footage and some revealing interviews, the series will tell the complete story of the best-selling girl band of all time.

From the RTS-Award winning team behind the documentary Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain, the series will look at the group’s transformation from first forming during the ‘ladette’ backdrop of the mid 90s through to their most recent world tour during the #MeToo movement.  

Mel B to host Lip Sync Battle UK

Mel B

Following her stint as a feisty X Factor judge, Spice Girl Mel B is to present the UK version of Lip Sync Battle.

The show, which sees two celebrities go head-to-head to impress an audience with their miming skills, has already proved a success in the US.

Hosted by rapper LL Cool J and model Chrissy Teigen, the series is an expanded version of a segment on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.