The BBC is Planning Abba's Return (As CG Avatars to Maybe Sing One Song)

By Gary Cutlack on at

Abba are about to return, again, in an unsatisfactory way, with plans afoot for the BBC to co-produce some sort of massive TV event about the band. They're obviously worried about ABBA Gold ending its 833 week run in the UK album charts.

This comes from The Times, which says Björn Ulvaeus – band kingpin and member keenest to sing the old songs – is orchestrating the event, which is to be co-produced for the benefit of the world by the BBC and US network NBC, with the climax of the two-hour special being a return to the stage of the four original members. Only it'll be virtual versions of them, produced from 3D scans, and de-aged so they look about as they looked in 1979, called Abbatars. Oh dear.

Ulvaeus said: "You'll hear the voices of Abba coming out of the mouths of the Abbatars. You won’t be able to see that they’re not human beings. It'll be spooky, I assure you, but great fun and no one has done it before."

Once enthusiasm in the band has been thusly reignited, a world tour using the technology is planned for 2019 or 2020, seeing as middle-aged people can happily bung around loads of money for gig tickets and Björn's many castles need their roofs re-leading. [The Times]