Reggie Yates, football agents, comedy and drama all come to BBC Switch in a packed new winter season for 2009
The BBC's multi-platform teen brand BBC Switch will launch from Janurary 2009 a raft of new TV content aimed at 12 to 17-year-olds on BBC Two on Saturday afternoons and online at bbc.co.uk/switch.
Highlights of the new TV slate are The Teenager's Guide To Life presented by BBC Radio 1's Reggie Yates and new signing AJ Odudu, short-form drama Myths, plus SuperAgents, a new factual entertainment series that takes six young Brits into the glamorous and cut throat world of sports management.
Also The 5:19 Show, presented by award-winning stand-up comedian Tom Deacon, will arrive onto TV screens as the anchor for all of the TV programmes.
BBC Switch on BBC Two
The Teenager's Guide To Life (working title) – launching Saturday 10 January
New six-part factual entertainment series The Teenager's Guide To Life is presented by Radio 1's Reggie Yates, with short "Insider Guide" segments presented by new signing AJ Odudu.
The series will be a one-stop guide to everything teenagers want to know but don't know who to ask. It's tough being a teen, there are surging hormones, changing bodies, the opposite sex becomes an enigma, exam stress strikes, pocket money doesn't cut it, there is pressure to wear the right clothes and mates are the most important people in their lives.
The show will give young people the information they need in an informative and entertaining way to get through this confusing time.
From how to pull, how to pass and how to pretend they've known this stuff all along, each episode is fast-paced, funny, frank and packed with insider tips presented by experts for both guys and girls.
Myths – launching Saturday 10 January
Myths is a series of six five-minute modern interpretations of a selection of
Greek myths. The stories revolve around the lives of several teenagers living
in the fictional village of Delphi, with a special appearance from The
Saturdays as The Syrens.
The myths have been interpreted by BBC Switch in-house writers and a co-production with Ridley Scott's RSA Films, directed by Henry Mason.
Myths online will provide an interactive experience where the audience can watch all the episodes, explore the original Greek myths, get to know the characters and play the Myths quiz and games.
The six episodes include: Paris and the Goddesses, The Eye Of The Cyclops, The Fall Of Icarus, The Syrens' Call, The Love Of Narcissus and Escape From The Underworld.
Trexx & Flipside – launching Saturday 10 January
BBC Switch will give the six-part UK sitcom Trexx & Flipside its first slot on BBC Two, after a recent run on BBC Three.
Trexx (Pete Dalton aka 1Xtra's Mistajam) and Flipside (David Ajala) are wannabe hip hop stars, their music label Wu Hah Records is run by Mr Brilliance (Rich Fulcher aka The Mighty Boosh's Bob Fossil), who doesn't seem to know his 50 Cent from his Snoop Dogg.
Luckily, the assistant Ollie (Ashley Madekwe) knows what she's doing and is taking charge. But things aren't looking too good, even Ollie worries about the boys misguided efforts when they crash the British Rap Awards (BRAs) in a borrowed limo shared with a hen party. Not to mention their arch rival rapper B-Ice who has sworn to put the boys in the gutter.
Pitted against their rap rivals and backed by a no-hoper manager, will Trexx and Flipside ever make it?
SuperAgents – Launching mid-February
SuperAgents is a new eight-part factual entertainment series that takes six young Brits on a journey into the glamorous and cut throat world of sports management.
The six will be pushed to their limits, learn valuable business skills and see the sporting life from the pitch all the way to the pool.
Tahli Grobbelaar, of Power Goldberg Sports Management will mentor the six hopefuls through the whole process and will be advising boss Mel Goldberg on their progress up to the point of elimination. Tahli's colleague Fitzroy Simpson will be contributing to this rollercoaster ride of deal-making with appearances from star sportsmen: David James, Lewis Hamilton, Jamie Carragher, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Florent Malouda and Ryan Babel.
The contenders will have tasks to perform in the first half of the series before elimination begins. Each contender will be aiming for the ultimate goal – a chance to work with Tahli, Mel and their A-list of clients. The final episode will see one contender remaining – the SuperAgent.
The six are: Luke from Hackney, Ashley from Epsom,
James from Chesterfield, Katie-Jane from Leigh,
Kelly from Liverpool, and Luisa from Hertfordshire.
Radio 1's Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw return in the New Year with Sound – the music TV show that's not afraid to have fun as well as celebrate music.
Filmed in a London loft, Sound sees Annie and Grimmy joined by an audience of fans and friends.
Since October, the pair have been joined by artists like The Jonas Brothers, Pussycat Dolls, Fall Out Boy, Adele and Katy Perry who have performed live; their guests on the sofa have included Tom Daley, Keith Lemon, Ralf Little, Alesha Dixon for much mischief, games and audience interaction.
Every week there's an acoustic performance from a band in an unexpected location, from N Dubz in a bathroom, to Sugababes in an Aquarium.
Every week, Annie presents her pick of the best three new artists to watch, while Grimmy reports The Grimshaw Files, random celebrity journalism at its best.
In the New Year, Sound will see appearances from Lily Allen, The Saturdays and more.
The teen current affairs show Revealed... also returns in the New Year with young journalists Charlotte Ashton and Anthony Baxter taking viewers on a journey to make sense of a variety of subjects facing teens in the UK from the eating habits, gang and knife crime, to male anorexia.
Past subjects covered have been teenage runaways, the surveillance society, sex and what's really going on in Bridgend.
The 5:19 Show
From 10 January, daily online show The 5:19 Show presented by award-winning stand-up comedian Tom Deacon arrives onto TV screens to anchor all of BBC Switch's TV programmes on BBC Two.
Named after the time that most teens log on after school, the show is fast paced, with sketches, chat, guests, performances and a whole load of random humour.
The show, filmed in the basement at BBC Switch will continue its run online every weekday at 5.19pm.
Geoffrey Goodwin, Head of BBC Switch, says: "BBC Switch is committed to offering the best entertainment for British teens in a way that's authentic and fresh.
"It's a season full of new and exciting programming alongside established Switch strands like Sound.
"This next instalment of the BBC Switch story demonstrates our ongoing commitment to multi-platform innovation, storytelling and developing homegrown talent."
For more information about Switch visit: bbc.co.uk/switch
Notes to Editors
Reggie Yates said said: "I'm really excited about presenting The Teenager's Guide To Life for BBC Switch, for every teen in trauma, from how to
pull, to how to start a band, to passing your driving test, help is now
AJ Odudu said: "I can't contain my excitement about co-presenting The Teenagers Guide To Life with Reggie any longer! I can't wait to get my teeth into it so let the teenage drams begin!"
Tom Deacon said: "I'm looking forward to BBC Switch coming back on the TV in January, I'm really chuffed because now I can watch all the programmes from the comfort of my 5:19 Show sofa. So far I've got to meet Lara Croft. Amazing!"
Pete Dalton said: "We had great fun making Trexx & Flipside and I'm really pleased it's found a home at BBC Switch. Viewers can expect a show about two lovable idiots, lots of Hip Hop influenced fun and a few crazy characters along the way. Perfect viewing for a Saturday afternoon. However I feel the need to add the disclaimer that I took no enjoyment from the episode that shows me wearing a dress and a blonde wig!"
BBC Switch launched in October 2007 and is the BBC's teen offering delivering content to 12-17 year olds across multiple platforms, TV, Radio 1 and online and live events.
BBC Switch online also provides online gaming in the form of interactive soap Wannabes, astrological thriller Signs Of Life, the BAFTA-nominated animated detective drama Meta4orce and other great games aggregated from across the BBC.
Radio 1 continues its five hour teen slot on Sunday nights: Switch with Annie Mac & Nick Grimshaw (7.00-10.00pm) and The Surgery with Kelly Osbourne (10.00pm-midnight). Exec producer is Anna Bowman.
The Teenager's Guide To Life is executive produced by Sam Whittaker at TwentyTwenty TV. Executive producers for the BBC: Harry Lansdown and Geoffrey Goodwin.
AJ Odudu biog: Aged 20, from Blackburn. Currently finishing a degree at Keele University. AJ co-presented a student radio show called Urban Bounce and has been an occasional contributor to Max's 1Xtra show as a regional music reviewer and BBC Blast reporter. This year, AJ was a part of the production team of BBC Switch's The 5:19 Show as their "Raving reporter". AJ also recently co-presented a three-part show Blast On Demand with Kiss 100's Melvin that is currently airing on BBC Two.
Trexx & Flipside is producer by Will Hanrahan at Hanrahan Media.
Myths is a co-production by BBC Switch and RSA Films. Directed by RSA's Henry Mason. Exec producers for the BBC: Emma Smithwick and Geoffrey Goodwin. Full cast list available.
SuperAgents series producer is Kate Bates from ZigZag productions, exec producers: Danny Fenton and Gerard Barry. Executive producers for the BBC: Karl Warner and Geoffrey Goodwin.
Mel Goldberg is the founder of Power Goldberg, a new Sports Management Companies which works with numerous international footballers, sportsmen and football managers. Tahli Grobbelaar is the daughter of Bruce Grobbelaar and Power Goldberg's commercial sponsorship director.
The 5:19 Show is produced in-house by Beth Garrod, exec produced by Geoffrey Goodwin
Sound is produced by Monkey. Series Producer is Anna Meadows. Executive Producers David Granger and Will Macdonald. Executive producers for the BBC: Karl Warner and Geoffrey Goodwin.
Revealed is produced by BBC Switch and Radio 1 Newsbeat, producer is Amy Burton, editor is Rod McKenzie, executive producer is Geoffrey Goodwin