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  • Ended
  • BBC One
  • 2006-07-28T23:00:00Z
  • 60 mins
  • 15 hours, 0 mins (15 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? That's the question on the lips of Graham Norton as he searches for a new Maria Von Trapp for the forthcoming West End production of The Sound of Music. The brainchild of legendary impressario and composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? sets out on the unenviable task of trying to fill the wimple of Julie Andrews. Who could possibly be a nun in training, a governess, a will-o'-the wisp and a singing sensation? Later this year Andrew Lloyd Webber and theatre producer David Ian' launch a new production of The Sound of Music. But in a twist, rather than pick their new leading lady themselves, they've decided to let you, the viewer, decide. In the audition shows we'll see how thousands of potentials are whittled down to just ten finalists. Then each Saturday night our wannabe Marias will perform live for Andrew Lloyd Webber and a panel of three expert critics - David Ian, John Barrowman, leading man and musical theatre stalwart, and Zoe Tyler, a tough vocal coach. They may not always sing their favourite things, but our would-be Marias will climb ev'ry mountain to achieve their West End dream. A dream that only you can realise, because it's not the judges they really have to impress - this time you have the final say.
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17 episodes

Special 1 Connie's Story

  • 2006-12-27T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Connie Fisher's story starts backstage as she begins her journey from telesales girl to leading lady, culminating in a glittering opening night at the London Palladium.

Special 2 When Joseph Met Maria

  • 2007-12-24T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Graham Norton presents a musical spectacular teaming the stars of the BBC's West End talent searches. In 2006, Andrew Lloyd Webber set out to solve a problem like Maria, in a bid to find a leading lady for his revival of The Sound of Music; earlier this year, he went looking for a young man deserving of Joseph's Technicolor Dreamcoat. Connie Fisher and Lee Mead were the stars he found - or rather made - and now, the pair come together in this entertainment extravaganza. Connie and Lee will be joined by contestants from How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and Any Dream Will Do, as well as Denise Van Outen (currently appearing in Rent and a one-time judge of the Josephs) and John Barrowman (who has recently released his own album and was a judge on both shows). As well as the performances, the show goes behind the scenes to see what each of the stars has been getting up to since they won.

1x04 Week 1

  • 2006-08-11T23:00:00Z — 60 mins

1x06 Week 2

  • 2006-08-18T23:00:00Z — 60 mins

1x08 Week 3

  • 2006-08-25T23:00:00Z — 60 mins

1x10 Week 4

  • 2006-09-01T23:00:00Z — 60 mins

1x12 Week 5

  • 2006-09-08T23:00:00Z — 60 mins

1x14 Week 6

  • 2006-09-15T23:00:00Z — 60 mins

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