From the Supremes to Destiny's Child, the Girl Group formula is one that's brought hit after hit. Molded, choreographed and polished, is a classic pop template - but it's also one which has delivered "High-Drama", Backstage Rows and, for some singers, has been the LaunchPad for solo stardom!
This BBC ONE Special Tells the Dramatic stories of Six Celebrated Girl Groups: The Supremes, The Three Degrees, Sister Sledge, Bananarama, The Bangles and The Spice Girls.
"All our six acts start out as a group of friends struggling for a break, " says producer Jeff Simpson. "Then, when fame hits, the backstage rows start, and one of the members leaves to go solo. It's a pattern which keeps repeating itself. Added to that, there's also constant pressure on these women to fit some kind of mold, usually from controlling managers or producers, which makes them all remarkable stories."
Members of all these bands are present to tell their own stories, including: Mary Wilson of the Supremes; Sheila Ferguson and Valerie Holiday of the Three Degrees; Kim and Joni Sledge of Sister Sledge; Keren and Sara from Bananarama; Susanna Hoffs and Vicki and Debbie Peterson from The Bangles; and Sporty and Scary Spices, Mel C and Mel B.
Plus there's comment from managers, producers and singers like Martha Reeves, Kim Wilde, Katrina from Katrina and the Waves, Jenny Frost from Atomic Kitten and Kimberley and Nichola from British pop's current favourite girl band, Girl's Aloud!