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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Carlisle's 911 star Lee Brennan back in spotlight

The band 911, featuring Carlisle’s Lee Brennan, are making a comeback on TV.

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

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

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 to put on the show of their lives.

Lee, who used to live in Carlisle, is a regular in the city and an avid follower of Carlisle United. He is busy rehearsing for the show with his bandmates Jimmy Constable and Spike Dawbarn.

On Twitter Lee said: “My goals for 2013 are enjoy every minute of The Big Reunion and do a 911 tour.”

Commissioned by ITV2, The Big Reunion will follow every step, as their worlds are turned upside down after years out of the spotlight.

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, while 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.

Michael Kelpie, creative director for 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.”

Angela Jain, director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, said: “A lot has happened in the time these bands have been apart; marriages, divorces and changes in career.”

The show starts later this month.

PMcClounie@cngroup.co.uk

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