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New hosts of BBC One primetime music show announced

The series theme tune has been composed and performed by Brighton duo Royal Blood.

Radio hosts Greg James and Dotty have signed up to front the new, live music show on BBC One.

They will host the weekly show – announced earlier this summer – which will air on BBC primetime 11 years after the end of Top Of The Pops.

Sounds Like Friday Night is being made by James Corden’s production company Fulwell 73, best known for big hit Carpool Karaoke.

The six-part show will launch in October and will be broadcast live from BBC Television Centre in White City.

Radio 1 DJ James and Radio 1Xtra’s Dotty, also known as A.Dot, will share presenting duties with a different music star each week, who, as well as performing, will make “every episode a complete one-off”, the BBC said.

The series theme tune has been composed and performed by Brighton duo Royal Blood.

The Brit Award winners said it was “a dream come true for us because we always imagined doing something like this one day”.

“It’s great that a new show celebrating live music is back at the BBC and creating a home for new bands to build a bigger audience. We’re excited to be a part of it!,” Royal Blood said.

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Mike Kerr of Royal Blood performing on The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

Host James said: “We have been missing a primetime music show from our TV screens for far too long, so it’s fair to say being part of Sounds Like Friday Night is something I’m really, really excited about.

“One thing that’s fantastic about the show is being able to provide new and emerging acts a home alongside the megastars, introducing them to a new audience.

“Also having the opportunity to interview and have a laugh with some of the biggest stars in the world, on the actual telly, is completely brilliant. I can’t wait to get going!”

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DJ Greg James

Dotty said: “I’m thrilled to be part of Sounds Like Friday Night, it’s going to be an amazing show. Each week I’ll be meeting fellow music fans from around the UK, getting the lowdown from the viewers on social media and bringing the best music to you at home. I can’t wait!”

The show will feature topical entertainment and sketches as well as live music.

Gabe Turner, partner at Fulwell 73, said: “The support from labels and the wider music industry has blown us away and now we just can’t wait for the series to begin.”

Top Of The Pops, the world’s longest running weekly music show, was axed after 42 years in 2006, after its format became dated in the wake of 24-hour music programming and digital downloads.

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