BBC Three feeding more funny
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'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
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.