Drama on BBC One

BBC One attracts a wide, naturally diverse audience and we need to ensure that we continue to offer a broad range of drama so that there is something for everyone to enjoy. Six or eight part dramas have a place alongside shorter serials, singles and established long-runners like EastEnders and Casualty.

Reaching and rewarding new types of audience is critical to us. Whilst ratings winners are important, programmes such as Our Girl, The A Word and Ordinary Lies speak to a younger demographic and bring in a new, more diverse and harder to reach audience. At the same time we want to challenge our viewers and the boundaries of BBC One by taking ambitious risks with edgier programmes such as Happy Valley and the up-coming Taboo.

Mid-week at 9pm remains a critical focus, but we are also keen to find mid-week pre-watershed returners that will attract a broad and loyal audience.

Saturday night at 7pm – the Doctor Who slot – is massively important, especially for younger audiences and we are always on the lookout for titles that can deliver on this scale, but the bar is very high.


Invitation to tender: Holby City

During 2016 and 2017 the BBC is tendering a number of existing returning series. These will be open to independent producers and BBC Studios.

The long-running BBC One series Holby City is the first of these titles and the invitation to tender is now available to download.

This opportunity is for any supplier who meets the eligibility criteria as set out in the tender document. Suppliers interested in this tender will therefore need to submit a tender eligibility form.

The contract will be for a period of three years (three series) with a minimum of 50 episodes per year. The BBC may extend the contract period subject to agreement, upon similar contract terms.

The initial deadline for the tender eligibility form is 2 November 2016 at 8am.

Download the invitation to tender (PDF) for full information.

For general queries about the tender or to request an accessible version of this document please email competitive.tendering@bbc.co.uk.

Find additional information about the tender process and download a user guide for the submission system Bravo (PDF).


Where are the opportunities available?

Limited availability in 2017/18 with more available in 2018/19 and beyond.


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.

Members of the public unattached to an independent production company or agent can not use BBC Pitch. Instead, please visit the BBC Writersroom for information about how to write for BBC Drama or the Ideas from the public page for further opportunities to work with the BBC.


Information reviewed 19 September 2016

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