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Features & Formats on BBC One

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Alison Kirkham discusses Features & Formats on BBC One

Head of Commissioning: Alison Kirkham


Features & Formats on BBC One should offer knowledge in its most accessible form. Our programmes should appeal to a broad audience. Think about how men and women of different ages might find reasons to watch together. This often means offering more than one reason to engage with the programme, which might be talent, format, tone, or variety of subjects.

We are really keen to take risks and build ambitious new returning brands for the future. Our key intentions at the moment are:

  • Returnability: Do ideas have the potential to endure as brands like DIY SOSCountryfile or Watchdog have done?
  • How can we bring more emotion and/or entertainment values into our shows?
  • Scale: really bold, clear ideas that will have impact within the schedule.
  • Multiple layers within programmes.
  • Relevance to everyday lives.

Find out more about the overall BBC One channel strategy.

Commissioning Slots: 

  • Factual Entertainment Formats at 8pm or 9pm 
  • Factual Events at 9pm: Flexible on shape

Where are the opportunities available? 

There are opportunities in the WoCC and Independent Quota in 2014/15. Please note that a number of hours have a Regional Quota attached.

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 Features and Formats commissioning.  

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