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Religion and Ethics on BBC One

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Aaqil Ahmed talks about the Religion & Ethics development priorities on BBC One

Head of Commissioning: Aaqil Ahmed  

Commissioning Slots

  • Break Out series.
  • Stand out singles one x 60 minutes at 10.35pm.
  • Co-production opportunities two - three x 60 minutes Daytime/Christian holidays.

Where are the opportunities available?

Scope in 2015/16 in the WoCC, Independent Quota and In-house Guarantee.


BBC Two is the home of our most diverse Religion and Ethics output and is at its best when it takes a mixed approach to subjects, genres and styles.

The channel aims to compliment the heartland appeal of programmes like the An Island Parish franchise with more complex offers that engage the viewer, take them out of their comfort zone and demand more from them intellectually.

The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Emperors, Pilgrimage With Simon Reeve and Kumbh Mela: The Greatest Show On Earth have all worked well for the channel.

Find out more about the overall BBC One channel strategy.


How should I submit my ideas and who should I pitch to?

All proposals should be submitted via BBC Pitch to the relevant genre Controller or Commissioner. 

Find contacts in BBC Religion & Ethics commissioning.

Information reviewed on 24 November 2014

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