ITV to air Now That's What I Call Music documentary

Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary

ITV will air a one-off documentary charting the success of the 'Now That's What I Call Music!' records to mark the compilation's 30th anniversary.

ITV will air a documentary to celebrate the 30th anniversary of 'Now That's What I Call Music!'

The channel will air a one-off special called 'The Story of Now That's What I Call Music!', charting the growth and success of the pop music compilation albums on May 26.

The documentary will feature contributions from 'X Factor' host Dermot O'Leary, record producer Pete Waterman, Atomic Kitten singer Liz McClarnon and Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson.

Since launching in 1983, 'Now' records have become a staple of British life, spawning 84 different editions and selling more than 100 million copies around the world.

The documentary's producers said: "For the first time ever on TV, this fast-paced and witty documentary special for ITV will tell the fascinating story of how 'Now' grew from a one-off punt by Virgin Records and EMI to become the most enduring brand in pop music.

"We'll learn about those artists who vied to be 'disc one, track one' and those who refused to appear on 'Now' altogether. We'll hear from those who created it, the artists who appeared on it, and from some well-known faces who went out and bought it."

The one-off show will air on May 26 at 9pm on ITV.


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