Qualities we are looking for:
Alex Polizzi – The Fixer – demonstrates the appeal of really charismatic, engaging and expert talent married with a Fact-Ent shape. We are always looking for distinctive faces around which we can build shows. This programme also took us into more contemporary, non-traditional worlds not seen as frequently on BBC Two.
Restoration Home is the perfect marriage of traditional features territory - in this case makeover; with the more detailed factual knowledge the BBC Two audience so enjoy – in this case architectural and social history. Crucially it is a broad, endlessly returnable format.
The Hairy Bikers continue to show how infectiously enthusiastic, maverick experts are key to successful Features and Formats on the channel on BBC Two. We're always looking for more to build shows around.
The re-launch of Gardeners World demonstrates what an appetite there is for real expertise on BBC Two. The audience enjoy revelling in information and detailed content.
We're looking for formats for big broad audiences - must appeal to a male as well as female audience
We're keen to innovate here, rather than mimic what's gone before - we think it's probably not about food (unless there's a unique new approach) as we already have a lot of cookery.
Simply, we need a returnable format to keep people coming back time and time again. The Fixer and Restoration Home are examples of how this might work.
Take out is also crucial - these formats must be full of 'specialist features' knowledge/expertise. However, tonally they still need to feel entertaining (think The Supersizers which achieved this really successfully).
We're continually on the look out for contemporary territories. In particular, we've seen a lot of nostalgia ideas recently, but what are the new areas for the here and now? How can we make TWO feel tonally more varied and adventurous?
Formats can be reputational too; so how can we create big events that divert the nation's eye to BBC Two?
We think specialist factual content might be key to making the event feel distinctive and rich for a range of viewers. Coast offers a distinctive taste of specialist factual content. How else can the worlds of science, history, the Arts and any other specialist area bring a new flavour to national obsessions, fascinations or big issues? Lambing Live was a great example of how more traditional subjects can be accessed through more unusual shapes.
We love the participative nature of Springwatch: how might you add that into the mix?
Opportunities extist within the WoCC for 13/14. Please note that a number of hours have a Regional quota attached.
All proposals should be submitted via the e-commissioning system to the relevant genre controller or commissioner. Take a look at the Who's Who for the latest BBC Two Features & Formats commissioning team contacts
If you would like to know more about Janice Hadlow's BBC Two channel strategy, please visit the BBC Two page.
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