Comedy on BBC Three

Shane Allen discusses Comedy with BBC Three Controller Damian Kavanagh


  • Comedy series of four to six episodes from 22 – 30 minutes, tariff: £180k-220k
  • One-offs considered, the tariff reflecting the nature of a standalone piece and dependent on the Commissioning specification.
  • There will be a focus on regional and Nations production in 2015/16


Genre information

BBC Three has a strong reputation as a source of quality new Comedy bristling with experimental ambition, inventiveness and confidence. Going forward we will continue to be the destination for launching original new brands and brilliant new on and off-screen talent.

Previous successes for the channel include Sitcoms such as Cuckoo, Bad Education and Some Girls and thought provoking Comedy-Dramas like Bluestone 42. These combine fresh and innovative ideas, talented new casts and high quality production values.

As we move online we want the same quality and breadth of long-form ideas, writing and talent. Content needs to be eye-catching and high impact, able to appeal to and hook in 16-30-something audiences within a highly competitive digital marketplace. Volume and duration can be flexible to fit the idea in question so think creatively.

The 2015 batch of Coemdy Feeds will be commissioned in September. Find out more on the Comedy Feeds page.

Find out more about the overall BBC Three channel strategy


The audience

The BBC Three audience responds to shows with a bold premise, real energy and plenty of humour. Successful Comedies, present the world from a distinctive but relatable point of view. They can be high or low concept but must connect with the lives and aspirations of a young and young-at-heart audience. These viewers respond well to bold, boisterous humour which is cheeky and self-aware. Youth doesn’t always mean niche: Sitcoms with universal themes yet from a fresh, young perspective work just as well on BBC Three as more innovative Comedy formats and surreal types of humour.  This audience’s favourite Comedies have energy and deliver laughs at a pace whilst reflecting familiar experiences and character types back at them in a brave, experimental way. 


Where are the opportunities available?

A range of opportunities are available with the focus on regional and Nations production in 2015/16. More slots at a lower price point are available. 


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


Information reviewed 15 June 2015

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