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on Friday, 20 April 2012

There can be few of us who haven’t caught a classic Hollywood musical on television, perhaps on one of those drizzly Sunday afternoons for which our little island is justifiably famed.

Like them or loathe them, they’re part of our cultural furniture. They’re a part, though, that people don’t bother to sit on as much as they once did.

For me, that’s a shame. I have no objection to hauling myself into the West End to catch infectious confections such as The Wizard Of Oz or Matilda. But live theatre will always struggle to capture cinema’s transformative vault into pure freewheeling musical fantasy.

Television has, for the most part, sat this dance out. There have been a couple of notable exceptions. Joss Whedon, currently thrilling cinema audiences with The Avengers, penned a one-off musical episode of his teen-slanted vampire-fighting series Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Then there is the inoffensive but slightly too saccharin Glee, aimed mainly at the ‘Young Adult’ demographic. And we have of course all agreed to forget Stephen Bochco’s disastrous 1990 pop-police-procedural Cop Rock.

The long wait for a TV musical drama that actually worked for a grown-up audience has been a long, and seemingly fruitless one.

Until this weekend...

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