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.
For online and red button content ideas for Comedy please visit the service strategy page for BBC iPlayer, red button and programme pages.
The BBC Four audience appreciates smart and informed comedy, often with a real world edge.
Getting On: Multi-award winning semi-improvised comedy co-written by and starring Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine and directed by Sue Tully. Unflinching and uncompromising, the show opened with an impressive 728 thousand (4.2% share) for its first episode and continues to hold onto strong audience figures across its three series.
Tariff range: Comedy One
Comedy on BBC Four should have impact, offer an insight, have strong 'content', feel credible and have a point of view. Subject matter and casting is important to an audience that will have made a conscious choice to tune in, which can often mean securing big names who believe in the project and are passionate about the subject matter, as with Jo Brand and Getting On.
BBC Four is not the home of 'dark comedy', so while satire and thought-provoking ideas are important this shouldn't be at the expense of big laughs. For authored pieces, we look for an opinionated and intelligent take which is passionate, refreshing and exciting.
One-offs will be considered if they are led by named talent (as Ruth Jones in Hattie, which was commissioned through Comedy), offer an interesting and engaging theme, or could play as part of a wider season.
There are limited opportunities as we have to stretch our small slate to fund 2 or more series on BBC Four. We welcome projects from indies and in-house production across all Nations and Regions.
If you would like to know more about Richard Klein's BBC Four channel strategy, please visit the BBC Four page.
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