ITV nabs BBC Club for spec

Britain's top children's program films special

LONDON — The ITV network has poached S Club 7, the kids pop group with its own BBC TV series, for a one-off special.

S Club 7 creator Simon Fuller, ex-manager of the Spice Girls, is currently negotiating with the BBC for a second S Club 7 series. Opting for ITV for the special is a ploy to secure a better timeslot from the BBC. ITV will air the special in early primetime later this year.

The 50-minute show, “S Club 7 — Back to the ’50s,” is currently being shot in the desert outside L.A. The plot has the squeaky-clean band returning to the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll through time travel.

The first 13-part S Club 7 series ended its run in July as the No. 1 kids show in Britain, drawing 3 to 4 million viewers late afternoons on BBC1. Its success was tied to the hit single “Bring It All Back,” which sold about 700,000 units in the U.K.

The BBC has recently had other top properties taken up by rival broadcasters. Last week, comedian Harry Enfield, a BBC fixture, signed a non-exclusive deal to create a series for satcaster BSkyB.

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