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Zai Bennett Zai Bennett | 13:30 UK time, Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Today we announced a raft of new comedy commissions for BBC Three and as well as a number of TV series, there's a major new investment to develop original comedy with six full pilots for a new online initiative the Comedy Kitchen. And BBC Three now becomes the home for all online comedy for the BBC, which explains the new Feed My Funny section on our website and the addition of Misery Bear to our comedy family. There will be loads more original comedy appearing online, just follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook and we will tell you all about it.

Jack Whitehall writes and stars in Bad Education for BBC Three

Jack Whitehall's Bad Education comes to BBC Three 2012

The new TV comedies announced today include Bad Education written by and starring Jack Whitehall; The Revolution Will be Televised - a vehicle for Don't Panic's Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein; and a new sitcom from Game On's Bearnadette Davis called Some Girls. We've also recommissioned Him & Her for a third series plus there's a new multi-series deal now in place for Russell Howard's Good News. And there's a brand new show starting in January that we are really excited about called Pramface. So excited in fact, the second series has already been commissioned.

Pramface comes to BBC Three 2012

Pramface comes to BBC Three 2012

When the Comedy Kitchen opens next year, we will have a series of single full length comedy pilots for you. They include The Imran Yusef Show - a mixture of stand up and sketch from the fast and furious Imran Yusef; People Just Do Nothing - a pirate radio mockumentary; Impractical Jokers - a new hidden camera format, the world foremost silent comedian The Boy With Tape On His Face will be building on his success from this year's Comedy @ The Fringe with a solo project for us; we'll have a brand new sketch show from the Dawson Brothers and Alison Jackson's Breaking News will use incredible lookalikes to bring a variety of celebrities down to size.

Our commitment to comedy on all platforms is self evident. BBC Three is the channel that breaks new comedy in the UK. We are delighted that Bad Education, Some Girls and The Revolution Will Be Televised are joining our already exciting stable of TV comedy. And our additional investment online ensures that there is now a nursery slope for new writers and performers on the channel.

Zai Bennett is the Controller of BBC Three.

- BBC Press: Zai Bennett announces raft of new commissions for BBC Three
- BBC Commissioning: Harnessing the creative potential of BBC Online

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Zai,

    While new comedy is a good thing. I dont really understand why you have recommisioned "him and her" and yet cancelled how mot to live your life. The quality of HNTLYL is far greater and with excellent humour. Why the focus on single/hidden camera and "silly" comedy? I hope Bad Education may save the day... but C4 had the inbetweeners and now fresh meat... Please reconsider and bring back HNTLYL or a sequel... Dan Clarke & the cast were just brilliant.

  • Comment number 2.

    @ tiggerismad - what on earth is bbc.co.uk/blogs/

  • Comment number 3.

    To strongly echo Tiggerismad's comment, I find it very disapointing that HNTLYL has been cancelled, what with it being one of the few shows to reverse the BBC Three trend by starting of weak and developing into the channel's only show actually worth watching.

    Still, these are the times we live in and quality TV needs to make way for yet more vacuous, insipid pish that (let's be truthful) puts ratings before originality and thought. A tediously repeating trend across the BBC's output. Still, that's what happens when said output is dictated and commisioned by cosseted, demographic obsessed, focus-group-blinded, management-class bumwits who slavishly pursue style and image over content.

    The upsetting thing about this is I still realise, for all its increasing gutlessness and faults, the BBC is a better option than the alternatives and, at the moment, that's depressing.

    Zai Bennett, with your commisioning history (Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/biographies/biogs/staff/zai_bennett.shtml ) this comes as no suprise.

 

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