Boy band McFly reveal ‘All About Us’ to their fans

McFly one of Britain’s most successful bands, they are also best matesMcFly one of Britain’s most successful bands, they are also best mates
McFly one of Britain’s most successful bands, they are also best mates
Saturday: McFly: All About Us; (ITV, 6.40pm)

Not only are McFly one of Britain’s most successful bands, they are also best mates.

However, like all friends, the lads have had their ups and downs, and in the 10 years since their last album Above the Noise, there have been times when fans wondered if they’d seen the last of Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd as a quartet.

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McFly were formed back in 2003, when Tom, having unsuccessfully auditioned for Busted, but helping to write their second album, A Present for Everyone, was asked by the record label to film auditions for a new band, V.

There he met Danny and invited him to write with himself and Busted founder James Bourne.

Tom and Danny then began collaborating for their own band, and recruited bassist Dougie and drummer Harry via a classified ad in the NME.

McFly enjoyed instant success – their debut single 5 Colours in Her Hair entered the UK chart at No.1 in April 2004, followed by Obviously, which also topped the charts.

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Their LP, Room on the 3rd Floor (named after where Jones and Fletcher wrote most of the songs – room 363 in the InterContinental Hotel in London), went double platinum, and McFly beat The Beatles’ record for youngest band to have a No.1 debut album.

The subsequent years saw the band register four more hit albums Wonderland (2005), Motion in the Ocean (2006), Radio:Active (2008) and Above the Noise (2010) spawning smash-hit singles such as All About You, I’ll Be OK, Don’t Stop Me Now, Star Girl and Baby’s Coming Back.

And it wasn’t only musical success that the lads were enjoying. As well as sell-out tours and shows, they also made an appearance in the Lindsay Lohan movie Just My Luck in 2006, Doctor Who in 2007, Hollyoaks in 2009, and five years later released their first jewellery range.

Dougie won the 11th series of I’m a Celebrity, and Harry, who triumphed in Strictly Come Dancing, was invited to carry the torch for the 2012 London Olympics.

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In 2013, they hooked up with Bourne and Matt Willis from Busted to form supergroup McBusted, embarking on a tour and releasing an album in 2014.

The group’s tenure was cut short when former Busted member Charlie Simpson returned to the band.

However, McFly made their own triumphant return in 2016 with a greatest-hits tour and live album.

Then, early in 2019, the group issued a compilation of unreleased demos, The Lost Songs, and that has now been followed by their sixth original album, Young Dumb Thrills, released yesterday and containing singles Happiness and Growing Up.

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Back in 2011, you may recall the lads were the subject of a Channel 5 documentary series, McFly on the Wall, which followed the band on their UK tour.

And now, cameras are once again dropping in on Tom, Danny, Dougie and Harry as they take part in emotional and intimate interviews to tell the story of the band.

There is never-before-seen footage as fans are taken inside the highs and lows of their professional and personal journeys, from their rise into superstardom, to winning a Brit Award and appearing in a Hollywood film.

They will also reminisce about their time in McBusted, their recent hiatus that until now they haven’t felt ready to share, and how group therapy has helped them get back on track.

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McFly: All About Us brings their story up to the present day, as we see them take to the stage for a triumphant reunion gig at the O2, and prepare for the release of their first album in 10 years.

Finally, the show ends with a special intimate gig at the Union Chapel in London in front of their families who have been a constant support through the years.

McFly said: “This is the true and open story of our band and our friendship, the challenges we’ve faced as well as highs we could never have dreamt of and why we’re stronger now than ever.”

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