BBC Two offers a hugely varied and distinctive mix of comedy: from the UK's most established and celebrated writers and performers to those who are brand new to the genre. BBC Two has created a home for a range of high calibre single camera shows (Hebburn, Rev, Grandma's House, Episodes, Twenty Twelve and The Trip), sketch-shows (Watson & Oliver and It's Kevin) and scripted comedy-entertainment (Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle and Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipes) in 2013.
We are keen to build on these successes and the channel as the unrivalled destination for smart and popular comedy. New ideas should be unashamedly funny, confident, colourful and diverse with the potential for mass appeal. Two can nurture a wide range of performers and writers on the cusp of mainstream recognition as well as practitioners with more niche appeal. Both Miranda and Psychoville can thrive on BBC Two and we want to unearth the next popular sensation as well as propagate the new cult comedy.
For online and Red Button content ideas for Comedy please visit the service strategy page for BBC iPlayer, Red Button and programme pages.
Our audience on BBC Two deeply appreciates comedy and it connects particularly with demanding twenty and thirty year old viewers. The success of Miranda demonstrates the audience responds very positively to personality-led mainstream offerings as well as quieter, more authored pieces. The BBC Two audience appreciates a wide range of offerings from broader pre-watershed pieces to more innovative late-night fare.
Hebburn: Jason Cook co-wrote and created this warm, true-to-life comedy based on his own experiences of growing up in the North East of England. Hebburn was one of the shows piloted in 2011 as part of the BBC's Salford Sitcom Showcase season, the first series drew in 1.8 milllion (9.7%) for its first episode and has been re-commissioned for a second series.
Rev: Written by James Wood, directed by Peter Cattaneo and starring Tom Hollander, Rev was the first series commissioned by the BBC from Big Talk Productions. The BAFTA and RTS Award nominated show drew in an impressive 2.23 million (11% share) for its opening episode and maintained an average of 1.7 million (8.2% share) with the second series retaining its figures and share. Rev is a firm BBC Two favourite and is returning to our screens in 2014.
The Trip: Semi-improvised comedy The Trip starred Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and was directed by film-maker Michael Winterbottom. The first commission by the BBC from Revolution Films, the BAFTA-nominated series drew in 2.09 million (10.5% share) for its first episode and has been commissioned for a second series.
Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe: Multi-talented humourist, screenwriter and broadcaster Charlie Brooker has brought to BBC Two his own inimitable brand of sharp-witted satire such as Screenwipe, Gameswipe, Newswipe, How TV Ruined Your Life and more recently Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe, all of which are a perfect blend of intelligent and topical author-led pieces.
Tariff range: £180k - £230k
We are looking to top up the BBC Two mix with noisy, bold, iconic and engaging new ideas focussing on deliveries for Spring 2013 and beyond.
Originality and authorship are likely to be key to any successful commission, but new projects must also show the potential to grow into popular as well as creative successes, capable of delivering substantial audiences on a par with other genres on the channel. Female-led comedy remains an important part of the mix and we would also like to encourage Entertainment/Comedy hybrids with an attractive price tag.
Tariff range: £180k-£200k
Comedy on BBC Two should jump off the screen and be laugh-out-loud. We need low-cost, inventive single-camera comedies with engaging protagonists at their heart. Most of our mix on BBC Two is single-camera, so ideas will have to fight especially hard to make it to screen.
There are opportunities in the in-house guarantee, independent and WoCC in 2014. We encourage offers from both indie and in-house suppliers to fulfil our Nations quota.
If you would like to know more about Janice Hadlow's BBC Two channel strategy, please visit the BBC Two page.
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