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BBC One Programme Policy 2009/2010

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Service remit

BBC One's remit is to be the BBC's most popular mixed-genre television service across the UK, offering a wide range of high-quality programmes. It should be the BBC's primary outlet for major UK and international events and it should reflect the whole of the UK in its output. A very high proportion of its programmes should be original productions.

Delivering the BBC's purposes in 2009/2010

BBC One will continue to contribute towards the delivery of the BBC's public purposes in the range of ways set out in its service licence. Key developments in the way in which the service will contribute to each purpose are outlined below. These are designed to address the priorities identified by the BBC Trust, future-proof the delivery of the purposes, and address perceived gaps in delivery in line with strategies in the BBC's purpose plans.

Key developments

1 Sustaining citizenship and civil society

  • Priority: BBC One plays a vital role in the delivery of this important purpose, bringing value to a broad range of audiences with international, national and local journalism of the highest quality. In news, BBC One will continue to supplement its regular bulletins with the 8pm programme, aiming to broaden the accessibility and reach of network news, particularly among hard-to-reach audiences. It will also deliver high-quality analysis and investigative journalism, maintaining its existing commitment to peak-time current affairs, with Panorama being regularly augmented by primetime specials. The Big Questions, Question Time, This Week and The Politics Show will also deliver political, current affairs and religious analysis and commentary.
  • Priority: A consistent Tuesday peak-time slot will showcase the best of documentary film-making. There will be programmes on the survivors of the Marchioness tragedy, a season of films about the changing role of mothers and a series of authored documentaries from acclaimed directors. Elsewhere during peak time, complex social affairs issues affecting Britain today will also feature. The themes of wealth, homelessness, crime and organ donation will be explored. The acclaimed Missing Live, which follows the work of the police to discover the whereabouts of some of the UK's missing people, will return, complemented by a number of dramas.

2 Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence

  • BBC One will aim to enhance the delivery of this purpose through ongoing modernisation, offering a range of distinctive drama, comedy and entertainment programmes with fresh and new ideas.
  • BBC One will demonstrate commitment to contemporary fiction with Occupation, a major new serial about the lives of soldiers returning from Iraq, complementing the return of the modern thrillers Spooks and Survivors. BBC One will also show an adaptation of Andrea Levy's award-winning novel Small Island, touching on the themes of empire, prejudice and war, and set in Jamaica and London. Later in the year, BBC One will also be presenting a new adaptation of the classic Emma.
  • BBC One's commitment to mainstream comedy and entertainment continues with new commissions Big Top, Reggie Perrin and The Jon Culshaw Impression Show alongside the return of Outnumbered, Gavin And Stacey and QI. Following on from ambitious 'physical' family entertainment series like Total Wipeout is an international series called Dropzone, which pits families against each other. Autumn will also see the return of the highly popular Strictly Come Dancing.

3 Promoting education and learning

  • Priority: BBC One will make a strong contribution to the BBC's knowledge-building strategy. A new strand, The Science Show [working title], will bring science to a mainstream family audience in the heart of the peak-time schedule. The series will be complemented by hour-long specials during the year and backed by significant multiplatform investment.
  • BBC One will continue to introduce mainstream audiences to innovative factual programming in an effective way. David Attenborough's natural history landmark Life will form the centrepiece of the Darwin 200 season. Alongside the return of Alan Yentob's Imagine, David Dimbleby will author a major arts series, The Seven Ages Of Britain.
  • Three new consumer journalism series will take fresh approaches to food. Jimmy's Food will see scientist and farmer Jimmy Doherty investigating the provenance and production of food. Nigel Slater will celebrate the burgeoning 'grow your own' phenomenon in Britain. Pop Up Restaurant is a lively format show tackling a variety of issues surrounding the complex relationship with food. BBC One Daytime will host a season reflecting key events in 1939 through factual programming and original drama in The Week We Went To War.

4 Reflecting the UK, its nations, regions and communities

  • Priority: BBC One plays a key role in reflecting the diversity of the UK back to itself. In order to increase performance, in line with the BBC's general priorities, network programming from around the UK will be further strengthened across a range of genres, including new investment in long-standing regional news coverage (subject to necessary approvals) and in new drama. The drama slate will continue to reflect the cultural diversity of the UK, including Debbie Horsefield's All The Small Things set in and around Manchester, which follows the uplifting story of an amateur choir, and Hope Springs, a new eight-part peak-time drama series set in Scotland about four female ex-cons trying to go straight. Drama and comedy from Wales will include the successful transfer of Gavin And Stacey to BBC One and the return of Merlin and Doctor Who. The Street and Waterloo Road are also set to return.
  • In entertainment, Live From The Apollo will move out of London and travel around Britain to showcase the best stand-up talent. On weeknights The One Show and Inside Out will continue to celebrate the diversity of the UK. Countryfile will move to a peak-time slot and will be refreshed to enhance coverage of rural and environmental issues across the UK.
  • Alongside the Aged In Britain Today season, Silverville will present a unique and touching series of documentaries reflecting on the lives of older people in Britain. It will air around the same time as a Panorama special about the treatment of old people in the UK on BBC One and a Gerry Robinson documentary on transforming private care homes on BBC Two.

5 Delivering the benefit of emerging communications technologies

  • BBC One will ensure that audiences are able to discover more online about issues raised by programming and make relevant connections between different areas of knowledge. In particular, this year the online resources for Earth will expand to offer much deeper and broader access to BBC natural history content than has ever been available before. LabUK will support a range of programmes in allowing viewers to participate in genuine scientific research. Topical strands will provide opportunities online to follow the stories covered on air.
  • BBC One will innovate with ways to engage audiences around big schedule events by harnessing TV, online and red button content. Audiences will be encouraged to join in, take part and build communities around major entertainment shows. The channel will continue to support community action across the country through interactive platforms which allow audiences to get involved and contribute to fundraising for events such as Children in Need and Sport Relief.

6 Bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK

  • BBC One plays an important role in fulfilling the BBC's priorities in this area, in particular through news and current affairs output, providing information and analysis of international stories and issues. In drama, Occupation will bring war-torn areas of the world to the UK by tracing the lives of three British soldiers, while Mega Cities is a major documentary series that will take a forensic cross-section of the biggest cities on the planet.
  • Following the highly successful and critically acclaimed one-off film broadcast earlier last year, The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency has returned as a six-part series, the first ever all-black mainstream television series, filmed in Botswana.

Conditions: BBC purposes and BBC One commitments

Unless otherwise stated, all commitments are minimum hours and include originations, repeats and acquisitions. All conditions are annual unless otherwise stated.

Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence

  • 45 hours of arts and music
    (does not include output broadcast overnight in the Sign Zone)

Promoting education and learning

  • 700 hours of new factual programmes
  • 1,500 hours of children's programmes, shared commitment with BBC Two

Reflecting the UK's nations, regions and communities

  • 110 hours of religious programming, shared commitment with BBC Two
    (does not include output broadcast overnight in the Sign Zone)

Statutory commitments

In these commitments, peak time is defined as 18.00–22.30 hours.

The following quotas are agreed with Ofcom and are measured across a calendar year (results being published at bbc.co.uk/annualreport):

  • A minimum of 25% of qualifying hours are provided by independent producers.
  • A minimum of 70% of all hours, and 90% of hours in peak time, to be original productions.
  • To maintain the current broad pattern of news programmes throughout the day, with a minimum of 1,380 hours of network news programming, of which at least 275 hours are in peak time.
  • A minimum of 3,920 hours of regional news programmes, of which 2,010 hours are in peak time.

In addition, BBC One shares the following commitments with BBC Two:

  • A minimum of 365 hours of network current affairs programming, of which at least 105 hours will be in peak time.
  • A minimum of 655 hours of regional programmes in peak time, plus a further 280 hours at times adjacent to peak time (i.e. the hour either side of peak time), excluding news on BBC One.
  • A minimum of 6,270 hours of regional programming across the range of genres, including regional news programmes for BBC One.
  • At least 95% of regional programmes should be made in the relevant area.

And in conjunction with other BBC network television services:

  • A minimum of 30% of relevant programme production budgets, representing a minimum of 25% hours of productions by volume, to be spent outside the M25.
  • To maintain the current broad range of programmes produced outside the M25, and broad range of different production centres used across the UK.
  • A minimum of 25% of qualifying hours across all of the BBC's network and non-network television services are provided by independent producers.

The BBC observes Ofcom's Access Services Code. BBC One has the following targets:

  • A minimum of 90% of qualifying programming hours to have subtitling. Additionally, the BBC aims to subtitle 100% of actual programmes on the channel.
    (The relevant 12-month period runs from 1 April.)
  • A minimum of 5% of qualifying programme hours to have signing.
    (The relevant 12-month period runs from 1 November.)
  • A minimum of 10% of qualifying programme hours to have audio description.
    (The relevant 12-month period runs from 1 November.)

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