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Features & Formats on BBC Two

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Alison Kirkham discusses Features & Formats on BBC Two

Head of Commissioning: Alison Kirkham


Qualities we are looking for:

  • The contemporary: Find inspiration from everyday life, make us see familiar everyday things with new eyes and a fresh perspective. Take BBC Two into the contemporary world.
  • Entertainment: Being entertaining is as key as being informative, Features should sometimes be rich in emotion or have a sense of fun.
  • Talent: This is key, we continue to look for strong, charismatic experts to drive propositions. Alex Polizzi, The Hairy Bikers and Tom Kerridge are people we love.
  • Innovative shapes: Create more Features and Formats/Specialist Factual hybrids to add distinctiveness to traditional features areas and national obsessions. 
  • Ambition: How can we innovate and take risks with form and subject areas to create brands which feel like unusual treats in the schedule.
  • Competitions: What is the next generation Great British Bake off or Great British Sewing Bee?
  • Male Skewing: What can we do that feels more distinctively male? Given the success of brands like On Thin IceTop Gear and James May's Toy Stories on BBC Two there must be ways to continue to tap into that male audience.

Find out more about the overall BBC Two channel strategy.

Commissioning slots

  • Big returnable hour long formats for 8pm. Flexible on shape - closed episodes or narratives building across several weeks. Big precinct ideas with a contemporary entertainment sensibility.
  • Ambitious event-driven Features at 8pm or 9pm. Think about innovative shapes: it might be live or could be stripped.
  • Sunday night male skewing Features or Formats series for 9pm.

Where are the opportunities available? 

Opportunities exist within the WoCC for 2014/15. Please note that a number of hours are targeted at the Nations and Regions.

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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