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Drama on BBC Two


Controller: Ben Stephenson


Commissioning Slots

  • Series and Serials: three - six x 60 minutes at 9pm.
  • Singles: three or four x 90 minutes at 8.30pm or 9pm.

Current Commissioning Steer

Drama on BBC Two has a clear tone. It’s the mainstream channel with an edgy, angled perspective on the world. The success of The Honourable Woman shows there is an audience for complex, demanding Drama on this channel. But we are not interested in niche for niche’s sake – these Dramas must still work hard to bring an audience in and find the emotional stories that help access challenging material. 

As well as the success of returning series such as The Fall, Peaky Blinders and Line Of Duty, we also have new series coming up such as Banished and The Last Kingdom. Slots on the channel are therefore very busy right now and, although we are always keen to get developing the next great idea for BBC Two, these are likely to get on screen further down the line. 

Diversity in its varied forms is of key importance to Drama on BBC Two and we want to truly reflect the wide range of BBC audiences. Programmes such as Marvellous feel fresh and modern and serve as an excellent example of really successful programming with a sense of diversity.  

Find out more about the BBC Two channel strategy.


Where are the opportunities available?

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


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

All proposals should be submitted via BBC Pitch to the relevant Genre Controller or Commissioner.

Find contacts in the BBC Drama commissioning team. 

Information reviewed 14 October 2014

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