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Features and Formats on BBC One

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Alison Kirkham discusses Features & Formats on BBC One

Head of Commissioning: Alison Kirkham

* Read the latest Features and Formats Commisioning priorities, updated on 26 September 2014.


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 2015/16. Please note that a number of hours have a Regional Quota attached.


We are really keen to take risks and build ambitious new returning brands for the future. Key characteristics include:

  • Broad audience: Features & Formats on BBC One must always be accessible and relevant to the lives of the broad BBC One 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.
  • Returnability: We are looking for brands that have the potential to come back for a number of series.
  • Emotion and entertainment: How can we bring more emotion and/or entertainment values into our shows? Think DIY SOS which typically makes you laugh and cry in each hour. 
  • Scale: Really bold, clear ideas that will have impact within the schedule.

What we're looking for

  • Factual Entertainment/Formats: We need returners with enough scale, drama and emotional resonance to potentially sit at 9pm on BBC One, for example DIY SOS.  
  • Factual Entertainment with a purpose/Factual Events: Previous examples include shows like Great British Budget Menu and When I Get Older. What other universal issues like food or ageing raise challenging questions important to our audience’s lives? How can we examine those questions in our programming? Other BBC sub-genres have had success in this area with shows like Nick And Margaret: We All Pay Your Benefits or The Week The Immigrants Left
  • Factual experiments: ‘Testing’/examining something in a precinct eg The Young Ones and Baby Borrowers. Both these shows offered a colourful sense of scale and brought to life an important issue in an entertaining, thought provoking way.

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 Features and Formats commissioning.

Information reviewed 8 May 2014 

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