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.
Comedian and multi-award-winning performer Peter Kay steps in as guest judge for the Let It Shine live final tomorrow
As previously announced, Robbie Williams will reunite with Take That for a special performance for the Let It Shine live final. Sadly due to an ailment he is unable to continue with the role of guest judge and we wish Robbie a very speedy recovery.
Each week, celebrities will take to the stage to perform in front of a different panel of guest star judges including Julian Clary, Tameka Empson, Miranda Hart, Rufus Hound, Russell Kane and Adil Ray as Citizen Khan. Judges already announced are Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Paul O’Grady, Frank Skinner, Jennifer Saunders and Claudia Winkleman.
More celebrity performers are announced today to step up to the mic and bust some moves for Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief. They are Boys Allowed, Stars of The Chase, TV Presenter and Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson, James and Ola Jordan and Steph and Dom Parker from Gogglebox.
Robbie Williams to reunite with Take That at the Let It Shine Final and will join the show as guest judge
Robbie Williams will reunite with Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald for the Let It Shine live final on BBC One.
Today BBC One announced that pop sensation, dancer and former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts will join Let It Shine as a guest judge for the semi-final stage of the competition. Ashley will join permanent judges Gary Barlow, Martin Kemp and Dannii Minogue for the second of three live shows which will air on Saturday 18 February on BBC One.
Each week, a different panel of guest stars will join the show as celebrity judges including Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Paul O’Grady, Frank Skinner, Jennifer Saunders and Claudia Winkleman.