At an event in London BBC Three unveiled two new platforms; The Best Of – which will bring together original long form programmes and a range of new content, including short form films – and The Daily Drop – home to BBC Three’s new stream of daily content including short form videos, blogs, social media, image galleries, trending stories and daily updates from news and sport. The Daily drop will roll out in Beta over the next few days. The Best Of will launch in February.
On Tuesday 16 February, BBC Three will switch from a linear broadcast channel to an online first destination. The new service will feature brand new original British comedy, contemporary British drama, innovative entertainment, thought provoking documentaries and distinctive current affairs programming all made for BBC Three’s 16-34 target audience.
Switchover night on Tuesday 16 February will see episode one of the new series of Cuckoo, the first film from the new series of BAFTA winning Life And Death Row, and Live From The BBC, featuring some of Britain’s best new comedians, made available exclusively through BBC Three’s new online platform and BBC Three on iPlayer.
BBC Three also announced a range of comedy, drama and documentary commissions and formats featuring new talent, new writers and new directors.
Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three; “BBC Three is a badge of quality and shorthand for content that will stimulate emotions and provoke reactions. It’s the same award winning programmes freed from the constraints of linear TV, and because we’re freed from the schedule we can use whatever format and platform is most appropriate. The majority of what we will make is TV, like People Just Do Nothing, but we’ll make short form video, blogs and picture led stories as well. We’ll be on YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook and our new site The Daily Drop.”
“The shackles are off when it comes to creativity. In February our new drama Thirteen will include companion story Find The Girl that interweaves a character that exists wholly online. Unsolved: The Boy Who Disappeared and Emelia’s Story are exciting because we can now use different formats as well as TV to tell the story. Life Hacks shows how we can innovate with entertainment for new platforms. We’re blazing a trail with content made exclusively for young people.”
“New talent is at the core of BBC Three. We’re working with Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures on a series of London-set drama shorts featuring chance encounters between two people. A co-development with BBC Drama in-house these will focus on developing new and up and coming writing talent as well as giving opportunities for new actors to work with established talent.”
“When we were developing BBC Three we kept everything focused on what our audience told us they wanted. Different types of content they could dip into during the day that kept them informed and entertained, and comedy and documentaries they could binge watch at their convenience. That’s basically the idea behind The Daily Drop and The Best Of. Snackable daily updates for when you’re on the bus and longer programmes and other content for when you’re in front of the TV. For those big moments when you want a collective viewing experience we’re using the BBC’s live platform so we can create moments like director Q&As and encourage audience interaction.”
So what are the new programmes we can expect on the new platform?
CLIQUE is a brand new six part drama created by Jess Brittain and written by Jess Brittain, Kirstie Swain and Milly Thomas. Childhood soulmates, Georgia and Holly, are only a few weeks into the so-called best years of their lives at Edinburgh Uni, when Georgia gets drawn into an elite clique of alpha girls, led by lecturer Jude Monroe. Jude’s brand of feminism is alluring, just like the circle of bright students she surrounds herself with. Georgia’s effortless entry into the clique leaves Holly out in the cold. But Holly’s jealousy soon escalates to panic as Georgia begins acting erratically. Alarmed by this transformation in her best friend, Holly is compelled to follow her into Jude’s closely-guarded circle. What she discovers is a seductive world of lavish parties, populated by Edinburgh’s highest-powered business men and women. But it’s a world underpinned by sordid compromise, and as Holly exposes its deeply corrupt core, the danger mounts from all angles, for her and Georgia. Can Holly reclaim her soulmate? And at what cost to herself? 6 x 45, BBC Drama and Balloon Entertainment Co-production.
LIFE HACKS (working title) will see magician Ben Hart, star of award-winning series Killer Magic, take on a host of seemingly simple tips and hints to help simplify every-day life. In 20×3 minute episodes Hart will persuade a range of unwitting members of the public he’s showing them ways to be more efficient with a range of impressive life hacks, but all is not as it seems. 20×3 from Objective Scotland, Second Star, and Money Reality.
UNSOLVED: THE BOY WHO DISAPPEARED (working title) sees reporters Alys Harte and Bronagh Munro launch a forensic serialised investigation into the real life disappearance of teenage boy who vanished after a night out with friends. Rumours in the local community abound that he was murdered, but nearly two decades later no trace of a body has been found and, despite several arrests, no one has been charged. The team piece together clues, knock on doors, interrogate rumours and cultivate sources. We hear from the boys loved ones, search rumoured burial sites and encounter convicted criminals. As they attempt to untangle the truth the team’s ‘behind the scenes’ discussions, frustrations, revelations and questions are front and centre. With a new episode published each week – alongside additional content that allows people to immerse themselves further – audiences can follow the twists and turns of this revealing investigation and find out what might have happened to the boy who disappeared.
BLACK POWER (working title). Last year film-maker Dan Murdoch met members of the Black Panthers when they and the Ku Klux Klan organised rival protests in South Carolina. Now, in a follow up to KKK: The Fight for White Supremacy, Dan returns to America to take a closer look at the Black Liberation Movement. He re-visits some of the people he came across, following them more closely to explore their motivations and ambitions, and the impact of the movement in the USA today.
STACEY DOOLEY: SEX IN THE STRANGEST PLACES (working title). Stacey Dooley travels to Turkey, Russia and Brazil to uncover surprising and shocking stories about these countries’ attitudes towards sex and prostitution. Turkey is one of the only countries in the world that has legal brothels, but now conservativism is on the rise, sex workers fear for their lives. In Russia prostitution is seen by some as a glamourous and lucrative profession, but Stacey uncovers a world of corruption and exploitation. Brazil has a reputation as a sexually liberal nation, but why are many transgender people discriminated against? Stacey puts tough questions to brothel owners and government officials, and talks to prostitutes and people affected by sex crimes to uncover a different and dark side of these three countries.
STACEY DOOLEY: COLOGNE (working title). In Cologne, Germany, large numbers of women have reported being sexually assaulted and robbed on News Year Eve by groups of men described as of North African or Arab in appearance. Stacey Dooley travels to the city to investigate the fall-out of these attacks. She gets to the heart of both the pro and anti-immigrant protests which have broken out in the city since the attacks, but are activists just jumping on the bandwagon to further their political agenda?
LIFE ON DEATH ROW. The Bafta winning series telling the story of capital punishment through the eyes of young people whose lives have been shaped by it returns for series 2. With unprecedented access inside prison walls, it discovers what it’s like to live with the threat of the death chamber, as well as hearing from victims and their families, and the family of those on death row – some praying for execution, some hoping for a reprieve. Each episode focuses on different aspects of the system – execution, punishment and the complex nature of ‘truth’.
Episode 4 will exist entirely online and tells the story of Heather; a beautiful young wife and mother, lured to a horrific death. Her adulterous husband Joshua and his pregnant lover Emilia are arrested for the crime. Which one is telling the truth? Told in 8 separate parts and published alongside witness statements, secret police recordings and photos of the crime scene, the audience can explore the lies, counter claims, secrets and double crosses – scene by scene. Will one man’s love triangle become a death sentence for both women?
New content already announced for new BBC Three
A new series of People Just Do Nothing featuring KuruptFM, a brand new series of Uncle featuring Bafta nominated Nick Helm and Elliot Speller-Gillot, a new series of Josh featuring Josh Widdicombe, Elis James, Beattie Edmondson and Jack Dee, the return of Murder In Succesville featuring Tom Davis, Cariad Lloyd and new recruits Vicky Pattison, Mark Wright, Chris Kamara, Emma Bunton and George Shelley.
Brand new comedy coming soon includes Flat TV with Tom Rosenthal and Naz Osmanoglu, Witless with Kerry Howard, and Sunny D with Dane Baptise, which started as a comedy feed – a new series of Comedy Feeds and a number of new brand new comedy series will be announced soon – and Stupid Man, Smart Phone where Russell Kane is joined by a different online star every week and be dropped anywhere in the world with only their mobile phone for help.
There will be as much contemporary British drama from BBC Three as ever before. Thirteen, written by Marnie Dickens and led by Jodie Comer alongside Aneurin Barnard features Ivy Moxham after she escapes the cellar that’s been her prison for the last 13 years. Today is the day she’ll return to her home, to her family, to her life.
Class, a new Doctor Who spin-off from the acclaimed young adult author Patrick Ness set in contemporary London. Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected.
Murdered By My Father is the story of the ‘honour’ killing of a 16-year-old girl, a riveting exploration of how family love and duty turned to violence, and murder, in a suburban British home. Written by exciting young screenwriter Vinay Patel, the drama is from the team behind Murdered By My Boyfriend.
There will be even more specialist factual programmes and documentaries from BBC Three. Stephen Manderson, AKA Professor Green returns to BBC Three with two new documentaries, one on Youth Homelessness and another on dangerous dogs.
All BBC Three originals will be repeated on BBC One or BBC Two at a later date.
The switchover starts on February 16th 2016!