“Hello,” Adele — and welcome back.
The singer has booked a BBC special to perform new songs off of her upcoming album “25,” as well as belt out some prior hits. The event, hosted by Graham Norton, will be Adele’s first television performance since she performed “Skyfall” at the 85th Academy Awards in February 2013, where she won Best Original Song for the theme tune to the 23rd James Bond film.
News of the British TV event comes one day after the “Hello” singer smashed Taylor Swift‘s Vevo record for most views in a music video’s first 24 hours. Adele’s new offering reached a massive 27.7 million views on Day 1; Swift’s “Bad Blood” previously held the record with 20.1 million views back in May.
“I can’t wait for the show,” Adele said Tuesday of next month’s televised opportunity. “The BBC has been wonderful to me over the years and Graham and I get on great so it’s going to be a laugh.”
“This is the music event of the year and I’m thrilled to be part of bringing it to BBC One,” Norton added. “This opportunity to spend an hour with Adele, her music and her stories is a truly rare treat. If I wasn’t hosting this special I’d be sat at home watching it!”
BBC Worldwide is the international distributor for the title, offering international broadcasters the choice of the original 60-minute version hosted by Norton and a 45-minute, performance-only version, both entitled “Adele Live In London.”
The distributor has already pre-sold the program to Canal Plus in Spain, VRT in Belgium, VARA on NPO3 in The Netherlands and CTV in Canada, per the BBC.
The special is commissioned by Jan Younghusband, head of Commissioning, Music TV. The executive producer is Guy Freeman for BBC Events.