Ariana Grande at the BBC

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Ariana Grande at the BBC
Ariana Grande at the BBC.jpg
Directed byRichard Valentine
Presented byDavina McCall
StarringAriana Grande
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Anouk Fontaine
Guy Freeman
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Livewire Pictures
DistributorBBC Studios
Original networkBBC One
Original release1 November 2018 (2018-11-01)
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Ariana Grande at the BBC is a BBC television special featuring Ariana Grande. Grande performed thirteen songs during the hour-long special, and was interviewed by Davina McCall.[1] The program was announced on 31 August 2018, recorded on 6 September,[2] and aired on 1 November.[3] The BBC special was also aired in France on 19 December 2018 on NRJ Hits, a musical cable channel owned by NRJ Group.[4]


Grande performed the following songs, backed by an all-female orchestra:[5]

Grande also performed "Better Off", "Pete Davidson", "Get Well Soon", and a cover of "Them Changes" by Thundercat during the recording, however these performances weren't shown on the special. However, an edited version of the special where the removed songs were shown while the interviews were cut out was shown on international TV broadcasts and platforms.

During the interview, Grande and McCall discussed a variety of topics, including the May 2017 Manchester Arena bombing, her new album, Sweetener, as well as the singer's mental health.[6][7]

Viewership and reception[edit]

According to BBC, at least 1.4 million viewed the program.[8] Adam White of The Telegraph rated the special four out of five stars.[3]

Credits and personnel[edit]

The special was produced by Livewire Pictures, with Anouk Fontaine and Guy Freeman serving as executive producer.[9] The program was commissioned by Jan Younghusband and Charlotte Moore.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ariana Grande performs Sweetener songs for BBC TV special: Watch". Consequence of Sound. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Davina McCall on Twitter". Retrieved 2 November 2018 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ a b White, Adam (29 October 2018). "Ariana Grande at the BBC offers fans a snapshot of a happier time – review". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  4. ^ "⚡♡☁ on Instagram: "pour ceux qui ne sont pas au courant,le concert d'Ariana à Londres sera diffusé le mercredi 19 décembre à 20h sur NRJ Hits ☁"". Instagram. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Ariana Grande Performs 'Sweetener' Tracks, Opens Up About Anxiety After Manchester in BBC Special". Billboard. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Ariana gives moving mental health message in BBC show". Digital Spy. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Ariana Grande at the BBC viewers were a bit distracted". Digital Spy. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Ariana Grande". BBC News. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  9. ^ "BBC One - Ariana Grande at the BBC". BBC. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  10. ^ White, Peter (31 August 2018). "Ariana Grande Returns To The BBC For Live Special One Year After One Love Tribute Concert". Deadline. Retrieved 2 November 2018.

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