Steps to reunite for documentary

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 July 2011
Claire Richards

Steps' Claire Richards

Steps are reuniting for a new four-part series, which will document their split and the prospect of recording new material

Steps are to reunite and be the focus of a new four-part documentary series.

The pop quintet - Claire Richards, Lisa Scott-Lee, Ian 'H' Watkins, Lee Latchford-Evans and Faye Tozer - will explore the reasons behind their 2001 split, explain what they have been up to since disbanding and even discus the possibility of recording new material in the programme, which is being made by ITV Studios and will air later this year on Sky Living.

ITV Studios creative director Michael Kelpie said: "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 facade 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."

Sky's Head of Factual Entertainment Mark Sammon added: "We'll document the in-fighting, jealousy and power struggles - it's not the sugar-coated Steps we all remember.

"I'm delighted this British pop phenomenon has given us access to their stories. And we can expect tears and dramatic confrontation as they attempt to put the past behind them and re-launch Steps ten years on from their split."

In their four-and-a-half year career, Steps sold over 15 million records and scored 14 consecutive top five UK singles.

Last month, 'Popstar to Operastar' contestant Claire admitted she didn't think she would ever get back with Steps.

She said: "We do get offers all the time, which we consider, although up until now it's never really been right for everybody. Maybe it's just my age, but I can't really see myself up on stage in one of those bright costumes doing what we did. But never say never.

"To be honest, though, it's taken me this long to get to a place where I'm happy with what I'm doing and trying to build a career of my own. To drop all that to go back seems a bit silly."

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