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Religion & 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


Songs Of Praise: New Commissioning Brief

Since the publication of the Songs Of Praise commissioning brief in May 2014 it is now much clearer how the show’s new format will take shape and, therefore, how content from independent suppliers could contribute. 

Rather than commissioning complete programmes there is now a requirement to provide a combination of music and features that will be used across the whole series.  

Download the new brief for more details.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 19 September 2014.
 

Additional Commissioning Slots

  • Break Out series
  • Stand out singles 1 x 60 minutes at 10.35pm
  • Co-production opportunities 2 - 3 x 60 minutes Daytime/Christian holidays


Where are the opportunities available?

Limited opportunities exist in 2014/15, with more scope in 2015/16 in the WoCC, Independent Quota and In-house Guarantee.
 

Overview

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 e-Commissioning to the relevant genre Controller or Commissioner. 

Find contacts in BBC Religion & Ethics commissioning.


Information reviewed on 11 July 2014

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