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BBC Talent Week showcases new names in TV, radio and music

A week long celebration of new talent and content will kick off across the BBC with the launch of BBC Talent Week on 21 March 2004.

BBC Talent Week will focus on fresh faces coming through the BBC and will showcase brand new distinctive and innovative programming on BBC ONE, BBC TWO, BBC THREE and BBC FOUR, with Radio 1 dedicating a brand new section of their playlist to new, unsigned music.

BBC THREE will act as a centrepiece showcasing a wide range of new creative talent including writers, directors, musicians, actors, animators and filmmakers.

BBC ONE will reveal how young actors and musicians get their first break.

A selection of those featuring in BBC Talent Week

New Talent on THREE


New Music on THREE

A series of five short films produced by Radio 1 giving the inside track on new bands and presenters showcasing some of the most vibrant and energetic new UK acts. Jo Whiley and The Darkness feature.


Killing Time

Comedy about the lives of inmates at Moundview women's prison by all-new writers and all-new cast.

Sweet n Sour (working title)

The first-ever oriental comedy show written by and starring fresh new British talent. A unique mix of comedy characters and comic sketches spiced up by a team of new writers and performers.

The Bunk Bed Boys - Rob Rouse (Jim), writer Daniel Peak and Bryan Dick (Phil)

Bunk Bed Boys

Winner of BBC Talent's New Sitcom Writers Award Daniel Peak's one-off, quirky comedy about two brothers in their mid-twenties who still live at home with their mum.



Late Night Shorts

A three hour, post-watershed, themed night which showcases the best of British short film makers and premieres three new short films commissioned by BBC Talent. Also includes a half-hour documentary on British animators at the cutting edge of the UK's animation scene.


Making It At Holby

Three new characters in two of BBC ONE's biggest drama series, Holby City and Casualty, are followed through the creation of their characters and their casting experience in this hour-long prime-time documentary.

All three are mentored by leading actors, Holby's Ian Aspinall (Mubbs Hussein) and Jan Pearson (Kath) and Casualty's James Redmond (Abs).

The actors' debut episodes will be broadcast on BBC ONE as part of Talent Week.

Fame Academy Bursary: Next Generation

The charity for real music makers which raised £2.6m over the Fame Academy series follows young musicians from classical to hip-hop and r'n'b as they compete for five tailored music education bursaries.

The final will take place in the Academy. Alex Parks, Jamie Cullum, Carrie and David Grant feature.

The hour-long documentary will be repeated on BBC THREE.

Born To Win (working title)

A follow up on the two winners of Born To Win - TV's biggest ever search for sporting talent of the future.

Louise Bloor and Garth Chamberlain both face crucial decisions: how will Louise take on board Olympic advice and will Garth's encounter with Lawrence Dallaglio make him forget any dreams of following in the footsteps of Redgrave?

Dermot O'Leary presents this half-hour documentary.


Desi DNA

A new series featuring the rise and success of popular British Asian arts, entertainment, lifestyle and culture, showcasing new talent communities across the UK.


New Directors

Broadcast debut of The National Film and Television School's top six documentary graduation films for 2004 showcasing work by upcoming graduates.

BBC Talent executive Lorna Clarke says: "The quality of the talent featured during Talent Week is testimony to BBC's on-going efforts to find and develop new talent."

Stuart Murphy, Controller BBC THREE, says: "Talent forms the bedrock of what the BBC does.

"BBC THREE provides a space for the new generation of comedians, presenters, directors and writers to develop and mature, as has happened with Little Britain, 3 Non Blondes, Body Hits and Little Angels."

BBC Talent Week is part of BBC Talent, the BBC's on-going campaign to find and nurture creative new talent throughout the UK.

BBC Talent was launched in 2000 and has so far offered 46 schemes and 585 contracts, showcases and on-screen opportunities.

Five more schemes will be launched on 6 March 2004.

Details of all the schemes can be found on the BBC Talent website - - or by calling the BBC Talent Hotline on 08700 106060.

Entry forms are available from 6 March and the closing date for most schemes is 30 May 2004.

All the BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview, the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well as on satellite and cable.

Freeview offers the BBC's eight television channels, interactive services from BBCi, as well as 11 national BBC radio networks.



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