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The BBC can today announce the commissions of two special one-off entertainment shows to celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Greatest Show on Earth (w/t), produced by Little Gem, will celebrate 25 years since the UK last hosted the contest, with 25 reasons why the Eurovision Song Contest is ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’.

And The Winner Isn't (w/t), produced by Merseyside-based Shearwater Media, charts the success of those Eurovision Song Contest entrants who may not have scored enough points to win the iconic competition, but have gone on to score great success in the music industry.

Rachel Ashdown, BBC’s Lead Commissioner, Eurovision Song Contest 2023 says: “As the excitement builds for this year’s Contest, we are looking forward to getting things started with these special programmes. They will remind fans of all their favourite moments and be the ultimate guide for people who want to find out more about what the Eurovision Song Contest is all about. These new shows are just a taster of much more to come.”

Both shows will TX on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in May. Also announced today is the production company that will deliver a key element of the BBC’s Eurovision Song Contest output.

Windfall Films will make the much anticipated short-form ‘postcards’ for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. These short films, which feature in the Contest’s Semi-Finals and Grand Final, introduce the watching world to each artist, showcasing their personalities and giving the audience the chance to get to know them. Windfall Films will work with Ukrainian company 23/32 on the postcards.

Windfall Films was selected following a highly competitive tender processes. The tender was awarded to the indie whose bid scored highest against the published criteria.

This tender joins the one awarded to Modest TV, who produced the Eurovision Song Contest 2023: Handover and Allocation Draw for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

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