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Entertainment on BBC Two

 marklinsey.jpgController: Mark Linsey



The Entertainment portfolio on BBC Two continues to work really well, ranging from panel shows to factual entertainment formats.

The channel has always welcomed adventurous, cutting-edge ideas and formats that become much-loved features of the TV landscape. Many of our shows are talent-led and passionate expertise can also be key to bringing an audience to new shows.

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

Find out more about the overall BBC Two channel strategy.

The Audience

The challenge for entertainment on BBC Two is to continue to bring younger audiences (25 - 44 year olds) to the channel without alienating the older heartland.

Factual-based formats have achieved this in the past by providing immersive experiences with strong entertainment values (which attracts younger viewers) whilst being set in an world which gives older viewers (over 55s) 'permission to watch'.

Tonally, the BBC Two audience appreciates something that creates a conversation with them and includes them in new experiences as well as telling a compelling story with strong entertainment values. 

They also want content which prompts knowing smiles as well as laugh out loud moments.

What's been working well

Dragons’ Den continues to draw in young audiences and delivers take-out for audiences on multiple levels.

Dragons Den Deborah Meaden

The reinvigorated and content-rich Masterchef : The Professionals inspires and challenges alongside strong entertaining values.


Mock The Week continues to be a much-loved offering in the schedule and is a great way of introducing the audience to some comedy names who might be new to them.  

Mock the Week


Commissioning Slots

* There are currently no opportunities for new Entertainment on BBC Two

We will be reviewing this in Summer 2014 and will update any new information on this page and via the Commissioning website news feed as appropriate.

There are however currently Entertainment slots available for BBC One and BBC Three.

Do you have an Entertainment idea for one of the other BBC channels?

All proposals should be submitted via e-Commissioning to the relevant genre Controller or Commissioner.

Find contacts in Entertainment commissioning.

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