I've been the Controller of BBC One now for ten months and have begun to put new plans in place to make the channel as vibrant and creative as it can possibly be.

One of the big things for me is to try and make sure that BBC One offers something for everyone and does a good job of reflecting the nation back to itself. BBC One is the Nation's Favourite Channel, and I think it's important that all licence-fee payers find plenty on BBC One that informs, educates and entertains.

With this in mind, I hope that the programmes you see on this preview video are enticing - and encompass the quality, scale, thoughtfulness and entertainment values that I want BBC One to deliver.

The programmes previewed include brand new drama Call The Midwife starring Miranda Hart and Jessica Raine, the epic new natural history series Frozen Planet, and new comedy starring Sir David Jason, The Royal Bodyguard. It is thrilling to have Sir David returning to the BBC for his first comedy since Only Fools and Horses, and this video gives you the very first exclusive snippet of a show that is currently still in production.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to announce a raft of exciting new commissions for BBC One.

In Drama, we've just given the green-light to The Village - a bold new series from Peter Moffatt. It's the story of one man's journey through the 20th Century, beginning with his humble childhood on a downtrodden farm. The Village is one of those scripts you read and can't wait to see realised on-screen from the moment you turn the final page. It has the richness and emotional depth of the very finest television writing.

Also on its way for BBC One viewers is Fight For Life, a major new natural history series which will use the latest live technology and filming techniques to tell the story of young animals right across the world. This is a very ambitious new live event for BBC One that we hope will bring viewers closer to the daily experience of wild animals than they have ever been before.

In entertainment, we're delighted to be able to announce a new series starring one of Scotland's brightest young talents, Kevin Bridges. BBC One should simultaneously be the home of Britain's national treasures in comedy and also a place where new talent can flourish. We are therefore thrilled to be working with Kevin, who combines brilliant jokes with an acute vision of human nature.

Finally, I'd like to announce two new projects that introduce a new level of risk and experimentation to BBC One. BBC One should be known for boldness, quality and mainstream impact, but I'd also like it to be known for a commitment to risk and innovation that is unusual on a mainstream channel.

To this end, we've commissioned a six-part improvised drama series from Dominic Savage for BBC One - Love Life - that will test the boundaries of fiction on the Channel. We are also announcing a run of new transmittable comedy pilots in order to supercharge the comedy development process for BBC One. Our aim here is to use a run of transmittable pilots as a way of reaching out to joyous new things, in the way we managed with Being Human on BBC Three.

So, from the African savannah to a small English village, from major live events to one of Britain's hottest young comic talents, these commissions show the range and ambition we have for BBC One, and our aim to combine world-class quality with risk and innovation.

Thanks again for taking the time to read this and watch the video - and I hope you find plenty to enjoy on BBC One in the coming months and years.

Danny Cohen is Controller of BBC One

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  • Comment number 75. Posted by Steve Bowbrick

    on 30 Aug 2011 12:46

    I'm closing this and another post to further comments now because they've become a target for F1 protest comments. The strength of feeling on the topic is clear but that's not what this blog post is for so I won't allow the F1 topic to swamp everything else. I'll do the same for other posts if the same happens. Please keep your comments on-topic..

    Steve Bowbrick, editor, About the BBC

  • Comment number 74. Posted by Alastair

    on 30 Aug 2011 11:46

    How can cutting your F1 coverage (more viewers than all other terrestrial channels combined) be "reflecting the nation"?

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  • Comment number 73. Posted by Riggadon

    on 30 Aug 2011 11:41

    I think its hilarious (given both countries history's) that Formula 1 fans are currently having to rely on an RTL feed to watch our sport. So thats a German satellite delivering something to the British after the BBC locked the British out of 50% of Formula 1. I never thought I'd say this, but the Germans have rescued us from the BBC!!!!!!!!!! How hilarious is that!!!!

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  • Comment number 72. Posted by Riggadon

    on 30 Aug 2011 11:30

    Reflecting the nation? Thats a bold claim. So what your saying is that we as a nation are a bunch of censoring sellouts, since that is how I think of the BBC and its decision to lock fans out of 50% of the sport.

    Get this right, in your current guise, I do not think you are a reflection of our nation. In fact I'm pretty embarassed by the BBC. In this nation we do not censor, or ignore people with genuine concerns. This is a nation based on free speech and the right to reply. You have not been reflecting this recently. You are no reflection of any nation I live in.

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  • Comment number 71. Posted by F1Nut

    on 30 Aug 2011 11:25

    The BBC does NOT reflect the nation! However, it might reflect the views of the upper middle class, perhaps.
    The Beeb needs to look closely at the popularity and usefulness of BBC 3 and BBC 4. What are the viewing figures for these obscure channels?

    Watched Spa GP using RTL's live stream on my laptop while listening to 5live at the same time. They use the same broadcast as BBC with very little difference in delay, if anything the RTL stream was slightly ahead of BBC pictures. So the commentary matched the screen picture.
    The only snag is the interruption with adverts, but apart from that it worked great. Not bad for FREE-TO-INTERNET. Next time I'll connect my laptop to the TV.
    Bye Bye BBC. Unless the BBC censor this as well.

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  • Comment number 70. Posted by bwalpole

    on 30 Aug 2011 11:25

    How is cutting one of you most watched shows (which is the F1 coverage in case you didn't relaise) reflecting the nation?

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  • Comment number 69. Posted by Chris

    on 30 Aug 2011 11:21

    For some reason my post no.13 hs now some 4 hrs later been deemed off topic so I will put it this way.
    The blog is entitled BBC 1 reflecting the nation. I would like to know how this claim can be justified when you have effectively renege on BBC executive and trust reports.
    The current programming does not reflect the nation, the are far to many programmes that do not represent anybody, jut look at the viewing figures.
    Having now read most of the BBC exec and trust reports and the BBC charter I am even more baffled by this deal.  In all the reports F1 is reported positively and mention is made of increasing viewing figures.
    Wimbledon this year attracted including highlights 56m viewers.  To date with 7 races left there have been in the region of 40-45m viewers for races alone not including qualifying. So by the end of the season F1 viewing figures will by far exceed all the crown jewel events.
    I think we are due an explanation, as in your recent reports mentioned above you have pledged more openness with the licence payers so please honour this.
    There is mention of a cap of 9p in every licence fee pound allocated to sport. This equates to around £327m, surely enough to show f1?

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  • Comment number 68. Posted by SensibleDevelopment

    on 30 Aug 2011 11:10

    Reflecting the nation? You mean reflecting the nation apart from the 6 million F1 fans you've just sold out.

    Or should that be reflecting the nation so long as the nation likes repeats, talent shows and depressive soaps?

    I've always been a supporter of the BBC and it's licensing model, but this has, in one fell swoop, convinced me that you need to have your right to the TV license taken away.

    ...and preventing debate on the issue. How many people sent in questions to the F1 Forum after the race this weekend. Were any of those mentioned on air? I think not.

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  • Comment number 67. Posted by Mighty Might Town

    on 30 Aug 2011 11:08

    I must say I think over the years the BBC and BBC1 have been superb at being innovative, most classic programs that we look back on with nostalgia are from the BBC. I am pleased to see that people are attempting to continue to produce great innovative TV and hopefully some more classics will be produced.

    However in light of the BBC sharing F1 coverage with Sky I have to say how disgusted I am with the BBC. Sharing content with a par per view channel when an alternative free to air provider was bidding is disgraceful. This takes viewers opportunities away and I fear that the BBC has forgotten the distinction between the best deal for the licence fee payer, and the best deal for the BBC. As BBC1 Controller I presume you had some influence in this decision, can I ask do you exclusively try to get the best deal for your channel or do you consider the licence fee payer as getting value for money as your primary concern?

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  • Comment number 66. Posted by Alastair

    on 30 Aug 2011 11:07

    This comment was removed because it broke the house rules. Explain

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