Entertainment on BBC Two

Alan Tyler discusses entertainment on Two

Current commissioning slots

  • Sunday night 8pm and 9pm - 60 minutes:  this is the territory available when Top Gear and Dragons’ Den are off air. It’s broad but very slightly more male skewed.  It has a sense of scale. Budget range £150k - £300k per episode
  • Midweek 8pm and 9pm - 60 minutes: this is where The Great British Bake Off, The Great British Sewing Bee and The Choir have played and tend to be factual entertainment shows of broad family appeal and positive aspiration. Budget range £150k - £225k per episode
  • Weeknight 10pm - 30 minutes: we are planning some more factual entertainment in weeknight 10pm slots. This is an opportunity to experiment with a format or a piece of talent and these shows could skew a little younger. Budget range £70k - £90k per episode


The BBC Two audience

The challenge for entertainment on BBC Two is to continue to bring younger audiences (25-44 year-olds) to the channel without alienating the older heartland.

Factual-based formats have achieved this in the past by providing immersive experiences with strong entertainment values (which attracts younger viewers) whilst being set in a world which gives older viewers (over 55s) 'permission to watch'.

Tonally, the BBC Two audience appreciates something that creates a conversation with them and includes them in new experiences as well as telling a compelling story with strong entertainment values.

They also want content which prompts knowing smiles as well as laugh out loud moments. 

Entertainment overview

Find out more about the genre strategy across channels

How should I submit my ideas and who should I pitch to?

Alongside ideas for the 10pm slot, all proposals should be submitted via BBC Pitch to the relevant genre controller or commissioner. 

Popular Factual Entertainment ideas for BBC Two can also be pitched via the Formats and Features commissioning team.


Information reviewed on 8 April 2016

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