Entertainment on BBC Four
** There are currently no opportunities for new Entertainment on BBC Four.
Entertainment on BBC Four delivers wit and levity to the schedule and, in particular, is the place where mainstream names can indulge their passions.
Great BBC Four entertainment programmes create real impact in the schedule and bring new viewers to the channel and so we remain receptive to ideas that promise to deliver genuinely intelligent, creative and enjoyable shows in tune with the values of the channel and audience.
For online and Red Button content ideas for entertainment please visit the service strategy page for BBC iPlayer, Red Button and programme page.
Find out more about the overall BBC Four service strategy.
What connects the BBC Four audience is not age, wealth or place of origin but attitude, curiosity and passion. For them, television must compete with a host of other entertainment options and interests: TV is a way to stimulate themselves rather than a way of filling time. Rather than general TV browsing they tend to come to the channel with a specific programme in mind. As a result, BBC Four audiences are engaged viewers.
Entertainment programmes can be rooted in what for other audiences would be pretty arcane subject matter (Asian cinema or cryptic crosswords) but ideas still need to be executed with ambition and scale, either through the use of mainstream or respected talent or through longer runs. Intelligence and wit are crucial. BBC Four has shown it can attract really diverse audiences - it's all about their attitude to life and their need for 'clever pleasure'.
Seasons in particular are a really powerful hook to bring new, broader audiences to the channel - entertainment can add a really important lightness of touch and wit to the season.
There are currently no opportunities for new entertainment on BBC Four. We will be reviewing this in Autumn 2015.
All proposals should be submitted via BBC Pitch to the relevant genre controller or commissioner.
Head of Music Commissioning for television Jan Younghusband is interested in a new popular music series for Friday nights on BBC Four for transmission in 2018 or 2019.
Read up to date commissioning priorities for BBC One, Two and Three.
Watch updated interviews with Jan along with her new commissioning headlines. Current needs include Saturday night single films of 60 or 90 minutes for BBC Two and director led, authored rock documentaries and music history films for the channel.
Comedy Peter Kay’s Car Share and returning dramas Doctor Who and Line Of Duty captivated BBC iPlayer viewers in April, with the three series making up the entirety of the top ten most-requested episodes.
BBC Teach seek a 30 minute video collection for 14-16 year-olds studying GCSE (or equivalent) Citizenship. The deadline for submissions is 14 June 2017.
The proposal submission deadline for the BBC Bitesize vocational video content opportunity has been moved to midnight on Wednesday 24 May.