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A series about six 90s pop bands getting back together sounds dreadful. But watching groups such as 911 and B*witched creak back into action is compelling television

On paper, commissioning eight one-hour episodes of The Big Reunion must have seemed somewhat ambitious. Can there really be any 90s pop bands left worth reforming? What's that? Six, you say? And one of them has Kerry Katona in it? Hmm.

The Big Reunion should be total rubbish – too many egos, a heady whiff of desperation, 911 creaking out dance routines like your mum and dad at a wedding. It should be awful enough for everyone to tweet about how awful it is, while still remaining glued to ITV2 in anticipation of escalating awfulness. It should be worse than Splash! or the Downton Abbey Christmas Special.

But it's not, it's brilliant. If you haven't watched The Big Reunion, I highly recommend running the gauntlet of ITV Player. »

- Heidi Stephens

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