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Comedy on BBC Four

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Controller: Shane Allen 


Overview

Comedy on BBC Four is a valued part of the channel's ambition to be a lively, energetic channel where the audience is stimulated, challenged and entertained. It attracts talent, both established and new, who can explore their passions and offer audiences smart and intelligent Comedy to invest in.  Satire and commentary on contemporary life often works well, but the Comedy slate also offers more types of humour. The key is sharp Comedy which appeals to the thinking mind set. BBC Four is the perfect place for the right projects to grow and flourish in their early stages before finding a bigger audience on BBC Two.

For Online and Red Button content ideas for Comedy please visit the service strategy page for BBC iPlayer, red button and programme pages.

Find out more about the overall BBC Four channel strategy
 

The Audience

The BBC Four audience appreciates smart and informed Comedy which is genuinely distinctive. Successful Comedy on BBC Four often has a  real-world edge – from historical subjects such as the suffragette movement (Up the Women) to contemporary experiences such as working for the NHS (Getting On) or within Government (The Thick of It), to topical subjects like the Olympics (Twenty Twelve).
 

Commissioning Slots and where are the opportunities available?

We have a small Comedy slate that we aim to use strategically to develop projects which potentially could have a long running future on BBC Two. We are looking at projects which can deliver at our price point of £100k - £130k for mini-series of 3 x 30.  

We are looking for projects to deliver in 2015.
 

How should I submit my ideas and who should I pitch to?

All proposals should be submitted via e-Commissioning to the relevant Genre Controller or Commissioner. 

Find contacts in Comedy Commissioning.

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