Documentary commissioning

From BBC One trilogy Stephen: The Murder That Changed a Nation to BBC Two’s Hospital the key words you should think about when developing content for us are timeliness, scale and ambition. Our slate sits across channels and platforms and there are a huge range of shapes and durations we can play with in series and single films.

Our content has a crucial role to play in helping us to make sense of an increasingly complex world, taking us right to the heart of the biggest and most challenging stories. We want BBC documentary series that matter now and tell the stories that impact people lives today.

We are also keen to introduce a variety of tones across documentaries output and are currently looking for series and singles with a distinctive, irreverent and mischievous tone. We want ideas which reflect diverse voices which come with a strong sense of place and identity.

On and off screen talent remains crucial across all the channels and we are keen to find ways of exploring new and established talent.

What we need now