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BBC Three bags Brixton-based singing, dancing structured reality show

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BBC Three has ordered its first structured reality show, South Side Story.

The six-part series will follow a group of dancers, singers, DJs and performers living in Brixton and will both follow their real lives and showcase their talents.

The BBC claimed that the programme is the first to combine a structured reality performance with pop music performances, and is expected to focus on both their careers and their love lives.

"South Side Story promises to bring BBC Three a heady mix of real people's lives and visually stunning performances," BBC Three controller Zai Bennett said. "It's an experimental new style of storytelling in the reality TV world and is exactly the kind of show we should be experimenting with on BBC Three."

BBC Three also renewed its series Hotel of Mum and Dad for a second run and ordered a new magic competition, Killer Magic.

The series will see five young magicians compete in a series of tasks on a weekly theme to avoid having to pull off a "killer trick", a notoriously difficult illusion that has jeopardised the lives of those who have previously tried to perform it.

Each contestant must create a trick in their own style and avoid becoming the lowest scorer, who will have to recreate the killer trick.

"Entertainment on BBC Three is all about the new stars of tomorrow and bringing our audience closer to themselves in extraordinary worlds and circumstances," Bennett said. "I'm delighted these three shows will be doing just that on the channel this year."

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