Comedy on BBC Four

Shane Allen discusses comedy on BBC Four

Commissioning slots

We have a small comedy slate that we aim to use strategically to develop projects which could potentially have a long running future on BBC Two.


Background information

BBC comedy commissions approximately seven 7 hours per year on BBC Four.

Comedy is a valued part of BBC Four’s ambition to be a lively, energetic channel where the audience is stimulated, challenged and entertained. It attracts talent, both established and new, who can explore their passions and offer audiences smart and intelligent comedy to invest in.

The key on BBC Four is sharp comedy which appeals to the thinking mind set. BBC Four is the perfect place for established talent to deliver a passion piece eg Mackenzie Crooks Detectorists, Jo Brand’s Going Forward.

BBC Four aims to attract the right projects to grow and flourish in their early stages before finding a bigger audience on BBC Two.

For online content ideas for comedy please visit the BBC iPlayer commissioning page.

Find out more about the overall BBC Four channel strategy.  

Get top tips on pitching to BBC comedy

Shane discusses comedy on BBC Four with Channel Editor Cassian Harrison

All proposals should be submitted via BBC Pitch to the relevant genre controller or commissioner. 


Information reviewed 14 September 2016

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