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History on BBC Two

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Martin Davidson discusses History on BBC Two

Head of Commissioning: Martin Davidson


The renaissance of history programming has carried on apace right at the heart of the BBC Two peak time schedule, regularly attracting audiences well above the average for their slot. We have continued handing back the stories to story-tellers in the form of our growing 'rep company' of Presenters. But we remain committed to the factually based Drama and living History.

Find out more about the overall BBC Two channel strategy.

Commissioning Slots

  • Stand out singles and series at 9pm 
  • Drama Documentaries: We have one slot a year and preference will be given for stories rooted in real historical moments

Where are the opportunities available? 

Opportunities exist within the WoCC and In-house Guarantee in 2014/15 with more in 2015/16. A number of the opportunities have a Nations or 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 History and Business Commissioning.

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