Charlotte Moore, who now oversees all the BBC channels has had her grilling at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival. Here are the highlights from her conversation.
- Despite having a role overseeing all the channels, CM says all the controllers have their own vision.
- The state of BBC1 is excellent, have the best peak share in years.
- All shows have a mixture of quality, range of ambition.
- On the topic of whether the corporation will lose Bake Off Moore said, she can’t talk about ongoing negations, but is positive that it’ll stay on the channel.
Moore confirmed new dramas which included an adaptation of Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. Abi Morgan’s The Split about female divorce lawyers calling the six-parter ‘funny and moving’.
- Moore also confirmed a new natural history doc about the Serenghetti. Lucy Worsley series about Henry VIII’s wives.
- Moore Defended remakes of Are You Being Served, Robot Wars saying, that you can only rely on brand names for so long, if the audience doesn’t like the updated version than they’ll turn off.
- She also defended the BBC’s new talent show fronted by Gary Barlow in an attempt to find the next big boyband saying, the BBC shouldn’t be afraid to commission Saturday night formats that all the family will love.
Moore previewed upcoming shows that she’s most looking forward to: Our Loved Boy, Apple Tree Yard, Poldark, Are You Being Served and Ambulance.
- Talked particularity about how she was proud of the Ambulance documentary which looked at what happened after the London Ambulance service was put under special measures.
- Talked about losing young people and how BBC One still attracts young viewers Eat Well For Less and GBBO are two of the most watched shows in the 16-34 demographic.