There is a wide range of shapes, topics, treatments and tones for Current Affairs on BBC Two, from The Town That Took on China with its novel approach to a highly topical issue, to the immersive Toughest Place To Be A ..., through to The Iraq War, a rigorous and compelling series in which the biggest players of the war in Iraq reveal the inside story. With this wide range of tone and approach, Current Affairs on BBC Two will continue to both seek out new areas for exploration and examine life closer to home.
Current affairs on BBC Two should also be looking at unfamiliar subjects. This World continues to bring the world to British audiences. Foreign Current Affairs is an important part of our overall offering.
BBC Two Current Affairs should be as inclusive as possible and take serious issues to as many people as possible.
Toughest Place to be a… achieved a higher than average young profile for the slot. The experiential and immersive approach delivered issues about developing countries in a way that felt genuinely compelling and brought in audiences of two million.
With unprecedented access, candid interviews and fascinating archive Boris Johnson: The Irresistible Rise took a playful and unexpected approach to uncovering the real story behind one of politics’ most charismatic figures.
The Men Who Made Us Fat: This revealing series asked a compelling collection of questions for audiences who loved the thought-provoking approach to a subject matter that affects everyone’s lives.
More recently, titles like Toughest Place To Be A ..., India on Four Wheels and The Town That Took on China have used a different tone and approach and attracted an audience that would not normally be drawn to more traditional Current Affairs output. Finding a way in to Current Affairs for this audience is an ongoing priority for the channel.
This World is BBC Two's international current affairs strand. It aims to bring important global stories to a mainstream prime time audience and reflect the fast changing world we live in. Using strong accessible treatments This World provides distinctive fresh insights into stories that have been on the news agenda or takes viewers to parts of the world they may never have seen.
Often the films will feature presenters and reporters who can connect with the BBC Two audience through their expertise or interest in an area or a subject. Spain's Stolen Babies, America's Poor Kids and Cuba with Simon Reeve are examples of powerful storytelling applied to important subjects.
We want gold-plated, high-end Current Affairs pieces like Putin, Russia and the West as well as broader more accessible titles like Toughest Place To Be A ... which look at new territories or take a new angle on existing territories. We are also looking for domestic topical landmarks like Posh and Posher : Why Public School Boys Run Britain which have something new and important to say told in a lively and engaging way.
There are opportunities in the WoCC for This World in 13/14.
There are opportunities in the Indie guarantee and Wocc in 14/15, some hours within This World. Please note that a number of hours have a Regional quota attached.
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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