Sneak-peek of Gareth Malone’s all-singing BBC2 trailer

The choirmaster's new military wives series starts tonight - and to celebrate he's orchestrating BBC2's schedules all evening in #thechoirtakeover

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Here’s something to warm the cockles: a fa-la-la-ing BBC2 trailer.

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It’s not often Mock the Week gladdens the heart but the sound of Gareth Malone’s newest recruits trilling over Dara O Briain would surely make even Scrooge smile. Clips of the Christmas specials of University Challenge and Never Mind the Buzzcocks also receive a choral backing track.

Tonight is the first instalment of Gareth Malone’s new series, in which he teaches a new group of military wives to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War. Once put through their paces, the 100-strong choir will perform with the National Theatre’s War Horse company.

To celebrate, BBC2 has handed over the batons to Malone tonight. Between 7 and 10pm, all the trails, continuity announcements and idents will be sung by him and a choir – and are sure to have you humming along.

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The Choir: New Military Wives begins today (16th December) at 9.00pm