90’s Pop bands reunite for ITV’s Big Reunion

Atomic Kitten, 5IVE, B*Witched, Liberty X, Honeyz and 911 are back for the ultimate pop reunion.

Ten years after they ruled pop, for one night only, six chart-topping groups will be re-united in an unmissable TV event.

At their peak, these acts dominated UK pop over a 10-year period from the mid nineties, selling millions of singles, albums and achieving multiple number 1’s. Now they will come together for the first time in a decade, to put on the show of their lives.

Commissioned by ITV2, The Big Reunion will follow their every step, as their worlds are turned upside down after years away from the spotlight. During the series, viewers will see the groups reunited for the first time since they split. For some it’s the chance to relive their dream, for others it may open old wounds as they prepare to face demons they thought they had buried forever.

The cameras will capture the highs and lows, tears and tantrums as each of the bands hope they can once again discover the magic that helped them adorn magazine covers, sell out multiple arena tours and top the charts back in their heyday.

The Big Reunion, made by ITV Studios, will delve into the lives of these former pop heroes, exploring what happened after they slipped out of the charts. Some have remained in the celebrity spotlight, whilst others left their showbiz lives behind to pursue new careers as diverse as a circus performer, a midwife, a teacher, a farmer and a wedding photographer.

Each band will have just two weeks of intense rehearsals before they step back onto the stage to perform once again in front of thousands of fans.

As the former pop colleagues find themselves back in close quarters will old inter-band rivalries flare up again? Will former loves be reignited? Can they cope balancing their new everyday lives with being in a band again?

Ultimately, with this one last shot to put themselves back on the music map, will this be The Big Reunion they are hoping for?

Michael Kelpie Creative Director, ITV Studios said: “To reunite these bands, tell the stories of what has happened to each of them since their heydays and follow them as they prepare to step back on the stage for the first time in a decade is a dream come true. The Big Reunion promises a rollercoaster ride of real-life drama, twists, turns, laughter, tears and cheers. Can’t wait to see what happens!”

The Big Reunion was ordered for ITV2 by Angela Jain, Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions and commissioned by Katy Thorogood, Commissioner of Factual and Daytime.

Angela said: “We are really thrilled to be able to bring the stories of these pop groups bang up-to-date for ITV2 viewers. A lot has happened in the time these bands have been apart; marriages, divorces and changes in career. And who knows quite what will happen when they reunite.”

The Big Reunion is an ITV Studios production for ITV2. Executive producers are Michael Kelpie and Phil Mount, ITV Studios, Series producer is Kevin Lane, ITV Studios.

Full list:

Atomic Kitten (Natasha Hamilton, Liz McClarnon, Kerry Katona)
5IVE (Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson, Abz Love (Richard Breen), Sean Conlon)
B*Witched (Edele Lynch, Keavy Lynch, Sinead O’ Carroll, Lindsay Armaou)
Liberty X (Jessica Taylor, Michelle Heaton, KevinSimm, Kelli Young, Tony Lundon)
911 (Lee Brennan, Simon ‘Spike’ Dawbarn, Jimmy Constable)
Honeyz (Celena Cherry, Mariama Goodman,Heavenli Roberts)

Steps to reunite for documentary series

Pop group Steps are reuniting for a documentary series to be broadcast in the UK later this year.

Band members Claire Richards, Lisa Scott-Lee, Ian ‘H’ Watkins, Lee Latchford-Evans and Faye Tozer have signed on to appear in a four part Sky Living series.

ITV Studios Creative Director Michael Kelpie told Digital Spy: “Steps came, they entertained and then went their separate ways. Their split was acrimonious, messy and played out on the front pages of the national newspapers.

“This documentary series reveals the truths behind the polished pop façade that led to the break-up of one of the most successful pop acts in the UK.

“Steps will face their demons as they try to rebuild both personal and working relationships. It will undoubtedly be explosive viewing.”

One Steps fan who spoke to Dan News said that although some would say the band are better best forgotten, the reunion will be no tragedy.

The Christchurch man who wishes to remain anonymous said the announcement took him by surprise.

“A reunion was the last thing on my mind” he said.

To celebrate, here is a Steps Megamix: