Girls Aloud: Ten Years at the Top

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Girls Aloud: Ten Years at the Top
Starring Girls Aloud
Original language(s) English
Running time 60 minutes
Distributor ITV
Original release 15 December 2012

Girls Aloud: Ten Years at the Top is a documentary released to coincide with the tenth anniversary of British all-female pop group Girls Aloud. The documentary follows Girls Aloud from their formation on the ITV reality television programme Popstars: The Rivals to their reunion after a three-year hiatus.


The documentary follows Girls Aloud's ten years as a band in three distinctive parts: The Definitive History, Solo Projects and Back Together Again.[1] New interviews and previously unseen footage are featured.[2] The documentary is narrated by Davina McCall, who hosted Popstars: The Rivals.

The first portion of the documentary begins with Girls Aloud's formation on the ITV reality television programme Popstars: The Rivals, airing the girls' first auditions and archived footage.[3]

The second part of the documentary explores Girls Aloud's solo endeavours during the band's three-year hiatus, although it avoids "marriages, rehab or any potential feuds."[3] Cheryl Cole's successful solo career and recent headlining tour are highlighted, while Nadine Coyle's Los Angeles bar, Sarah Harding's film appearances, Nicola Roberts' "passion for fashion" and make-up range Dainty Doll, and Kimberley Walsh's stage career are "given a cursory nod."[1][3] Nicola's solo career and the critical acclaim her debut album received was mentioned in the documentary. Nadine's solo album was also briefly mentioned.

The third section of Girls Aloud: Ten Years at the Top focuses on the band's tenth anniversary reunion, joining them as they prepare for their comeback. The documentary has a behind-the-scenes look at the video shoot for their single "Something New", the press conference announcing their return, and preparations for their first live performances in over three years.[2]

Broadcast and ratings[edit]

The documentary aired at 9pm on 15 December 2012 on ITV. It attracted 2.3 million viewers, a 10.5% share of the audience.[4]


Girls Aloud[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jane Rackham (13 December 2012). "Girls Aloud – Ten Years at the Top". Radio Times. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Girls Aloud: Ten Years At The Top; Documentary on ITV1 at 9pm". TV Newsroom. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Lucy Buckland (15 December 2012). "Girls Aloud: Band take a look at their 10 Years together". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Paul Millar (16 December 2012). "Celebrity 'Take Me Out' pulls in 3.8m viewers". Digital Spy. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 16 December 2012.