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BBC plans Spice Girls documentary
Spice Girls
The Spice Girls announced a reunion tour last month
The newly reformed Spice Girls will be a key part of BBC One's autumn line-up, the broadcaster has revealed.

They will appear in both a 90-minute documentary and this year's Children In Need fundraiser, with the BBC promising a "new song" from the girl power group.

A series of exclusive interviews with former Prime Minister Tony Blair, and a documentary following the Royal family also feature in the new schedule.

Returning dramas include Spooks, The Street and Robin Hood.

And four classic fairy tales will be re-invented for contemporaray audiences in the style of 2005's Shakespeare Re-told series.

'Full involvment'

Controller of BBC One Peter Fincham unveiled the line-up in London, where he also announced the creation of an extra nightly news bulletin at 8pm.

"We're keeping up the pace of change," he said.

Talking about the Spice Girls deal, he said: "We've got full involvement from all of them."

"They are all keen to get involved with Children In Need. They are recording two new songs and one of them might be a single."

Previously, the pop group has only said plans for new material are "under discussion".

Omid Djalili
Omid Djalili's show promises stand-up comedy and sketches
Mr Fincham also denied reports that comedian Matt Lucas would play Friar Tuck in the second series of Saturday night drama Robin Hood.

But British-Iranian comedian Omid Djalili will make his BBC One debut with a show featuring a mixture of stand-up comedy and sketches.

Alexander Armstrong, one of the most popular guest hosts on the returning Have I Got News For You, will re-unite with his Channel 4 comedy partner Ben Miller for The Armstrong and Miller Show - which promises more than 100 characters.

Doctor Who star David Tennant will star in a sitcom about learner drivers written by and co-starring Spaced actress Jessica Hynes (nee Stevenson).

Strictly Come Dancing returns for a fifth series, while Michael Palin sets off on another journey - this time visiting the countries that recently emerged from behind the Iron Curtain in Michael Palin's New Europe.

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