Series two, episode eight
The endgame approaches. But which three teams have made it to the final? And what will they be singing? ‘I hope it’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”,’ says one choir member. But no. For tonight’s conclusion, the choirs will be tackling a new composition by Paul Mealor, one of the competition’s judges. It’s a shrewd move: the piece has never been performed before so the teams have nothing to fall back on – they’ll be forced to devise their own approach.
Essentially, this boils down to a boring team, a complacent team and a team of plucky underdogs. Accordingly, Gareth Malone is faced with three very distinct challenges. The end result is as uplifting as always – it’s wonderful to see the transformative effect of singing on the most hard-bitten of timeservers. How much longer Gareth can keep doing this is surely a moot point but, for now, it ain’t broke so there’s probably no need to fix it.