Tonight's telly: The Talent Show Story, ITV1, 8:30PM

Simon Cowell

The first episode of The Talent Show Story starts on ITV1 tonight, which explores the history of televised talent contests, from the original Opportunity Knocks to today's super-slick shows such as The X Factor.

The first edition includes Susan Boyle discussing her 2009 breakthrough on Britain's Got Talent, and examines Will Young defeating Gareth Gates in 2002's Pop Idol, and how the Noughties series Popstars ushered in a new era of programmes.

There is also a tribute to former New Faces host Marti Caine and a contribution by ex-judge Nina Myskow.

Featuring interviews with some the big players in reality telly, all is revealed, with Simon Cowell admitting he still hates Will Young winning Pop Idol back in 2001.

Victoria Wood narrates the show, which also sees interviews with Tulisa, Kelly Rowland, Dannii Minogue, Ant and Dec and more.

The Talent Show Story, ITV1, 8:30PM

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