Britpop version of ‘Glee’ to be broadcast on UK radio

Louise Wener of Sleeper has penned 'Shout To The Top' for BBC Radio Two

A show which promises to a Britpop version of Glee is set to be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 later this month.

Shout To The Top has been co-written by Louise Wener, former frontwoman of Sleeper, alongside ex-Farm drummer Roy Boulter.

Music Week reports that the show is the brainchild of Radio 2 and 6 Music playlist boss Jeff Smith, who has described it as “Glee for an older audience”.

The 60-minute pilot for the show will be broadcast on September 25 and features an all-female band played by Hannah Arterton, Fiona Macrae and Samantha Robinson. Shane Ritchie also appears in the show. Smith hopes to extend the show to a six-part series. Of the show’s plot he says: “My conceit was that bands such as Lush and Elastica [pictured above] never really achieved the promise people thought they would – but then, later on, bands like Coldplay became world famous acts, built, arguably, on Britpop. The band in the drama become as big as Coldplay, and [the show] is the story behind their success.”

The show will feature two brand new songs as well as Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ and Prefab Sprout’s ‘When Love Breaks Down’.