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Features & Formats on BBC Three

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Sam Bickley discusses Features & Formats on BBC Three

Head of Commissioning for Features & Formats and Documentaries on BBC Three: Sam Bickley


Future commissions on BBC Three are in the main pointing at the channel’s online launch and beyond. A specific commissioning brief for online will be issued later in Summer 2014.

At BBC Three we always look for entertaining ideas with a clear proposition and the confidence to engage and hold the attention of a demanding audience. We also look for authentic experiences e.g. rites of passage, getting under the skin of important relationships and topical issues for young people.

We want to connect with all of our audience: informing, entertaining and keeping relevant to the lives of younger viewers (16 - 34 years) whilst at the same time reaching out to older viewers who enjoy fascinating, original content. We want our audience to re-engage with the world and think about things differently. If, on occasion, we are making our audience feel uncomfortable then we are doing something right.

Our Factual output is unique and stretches in all directions: provocative and funny, entertaining and challenging, whilst always remaining confident and original. It is important that our output informs but does not patronise our audience.

Find out more about the overall BBC Three channel strategy.

Commissioning Slots

  • Factual Entertainment series for 9pm: 4 – 6 x 60 minutes
  • Stand out, risk taking  Factual Events: flexible on shape, 4 – 6 x 60 minutes

Where are the opportunities available?

Opportunities in 2015/16 in the WoCC. Please note that a number of hours have a Nations and/or 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 Specialist Factual commissioning.

Information reviewed 7 July 2014

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