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Drama on BBC One

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Ben Stephenson discusses Drama on BBC One

Controller: Ben Stephenson

Commmissioning Slots

Series: six - eight x 60 minutes. Weekdays at 9pm. 
Tariff range: Prices should be targeted between £500k - £750k per hour. We have slots for up to 13 of these per year.

Serials: two x 90 minutes / three – six x 60 minutes at 9pm.
Tariff range: Prices should be targeted between £600k - £800k per hour. We have slots for up to six serials per year.

Where are the opportunities available?

We have limited opportunities remaining in 2015/16 with more available in 2016/17 and beyond within the In-house Guarantee, the WoCC and the Independent Quota.


BBC One has the widest reach of all the channels with nearly 80% of the population tuning in to the channel every week.

Drama on BBC One tells ambitious, original stories for a mainstream audience with its ability to combine breadth with placing it at the heart of the schedule for viewers. It’s Drama that is as entertaining as it is compelling - combining established, returning favourites like Casualty and Doctor Who with new and original ideas in both contemporary and period settings, from The Musketeers through to Happy Valley.  

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

Find out more about the BBC One Channel Strategy.

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 BBC Drama commissioning.

Information reviewed 25 June 2014

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