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.
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 website 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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