Wednesday 20 February 2019

Bros documentary to be shown on BBC Two after iPlayer success

The film, After the Screaming Stops, previously aired on BBC Four in December.

Matt (left) and Luke Goss of boyband Bros (Isabel Infantes/PA)
Matt (left) and Luke Goss of boyband Bros (Isabel Infantes/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

A Bros documentary has proved such an unlikely iPlayer hit that TV bosses have decided to broadcast it on BBC Two.

Comments on everything from hindsight and the meaning of home to superstition by twins Matt and Luke Goss in the film prompted giggles from viewers and were mocked online.

The documentary followed the brothers, briefly one of the biggest bands in the world, before they reunited for two 30th anniversary gigs.

It aired on BBC Four in December and became a talking point, with viewers searching it out on iPlayer.

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Matt Goss arrives at the UK premiere of After the Screaming Stops (David Parry/PA)

Jan Younghusband, BBC music head of TV commissioning, said: “Since its first broadcast on BBC Four at Christmas and then becoming a huge hit on BBC iPlayer, Bros: After the Screaming Stops has been one of the most talked about and much-loved documentaries of the year.

“So we’re delighted to bring it to BBC Two so even more people can enjoy this very special film.”

David Soutar, director of production company Fulwell73, told the Press Association: “We knew we were on to something special when we began filming Matt and Luke in 2017 and we were determined to deliver something different to what viewers might expect.

“The huge popularity of this film is a testament to the power of their story and we can’t wait for even more people to see it next week on BBC Two.”

The 1980s boyband sold out stadiums around the world and became the youngest to play Wembley Stadium.

The film charted the brothers’ reunion 28 years on, having hardly spoken and not played together since their split.

It sparked comparisons to mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap but the “phenomenal success” of the documentary led to the announcement of a Bros Coming Home gig at the O2 Academy Brixton.

Bros: After the Screaming Stops will air on BBC Two from 10.45pm on Saturday January 26.

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