What we want - watch our commissioners outline their current genre priorities
- BBC Three
- Current affairs
- Digital Factual
- Music on iPlayer
- Natural history
- Popular factual and factual entertainment
- Religion and ethics
- Specialist Factual
Arts commissioning opportunities
BBC One: Limited opportunities for lightly formatted series with occasional talent-led singles
BBC Two: Focus on Saturday night singles and new approaches to landmark
BBC Four: New ways of doing three-part series beyond travelogue + single films with strong authorship
BBC Three commissioning priorities
Find out more about commissioning needs across genres and forms
BBC Children's: 0-6 and 6-16
We are looking for noisy content that stands out from the crowd,
Content delivered whenever and wherever the audience wants it,
Content that enables the audience to create, connect and share in new ways.
Comedy commissioning priorities
BBC comedy commissions approximately 120 hours of content a year. Watch Shane, Alex and Gregor outline the opportunities for new content across BBC One, Two and Three.
Current affairs commissioning priorities
BBC One: Panorama episodes of 30 minutes and more, some 60 minutes to run as specials
BBC Two: We want bold simple concepts and content which gets closer to everyday concerns
BBC Three: We want more sharply opinionated content along with ideas that examine domestic issues
Daytime opportunities on BBC One
In the mornings we are seeking distinctive and often journalistic factual formats which can actively engage people between Breakfast and BBC News.
Digital factual commissioning priorities
Linked to linear programming: opportunity to extend the audience experience on to digital platforms
Linked to seasons and campaigns: additional digital content alongside programming across TV and Radio
Occasional original content: factual on digital platforms not currently served by other parts of the BBC
Drama commissioning priorities
BBC One: don’t be afraid to bring your boldest and most ambitious drama ideas to One
BBC Two: a brilliant place to push the boundaries in terms of what our audience expect from BBC drama
BBC Three: this is a great place for new talent, both on and off-screen, to find their voice
BBC Bitesize brings together the BBC formal education content into one highly trusted brand covering a wide-range of online content types including short-form video, interactive activities, study guides and infographics.
BBC Teach is a new and exciting YouTube channel to support students and teachers in the classroom by curating the best of BBC videos, clips and other resources.
Music television commissioning priorities
BBC One: Documentaries on top artists, performance films and authored single events
BBC Two: Saturday night single films of 60 or 90 and new ways of doing classical
BBC Four: Seeking a popular music series and single documentary films for Fridays nights
BBC iPlayer: ideas that tap into the emotional power of music and can inspire a variety of emotions
Music on iPlayer
BBC Music on BBC iPlayer
We are excited by ideas that tap into the emotional power of music which forms an integral part of peoples’ lives and can inspire a variety of emotions - joy, anger, sadness, elation.
Natural History commissioning priorities
BBC One: Ambitious event pieces, returnable shows, dramatic ideas or ones deploying new technology
BBC Two: Reinventions of place-based landmarks, events and experiments
BBC Four: Single 60 or 90 minute events, documentary singles and and series ideas using the prism of physics or chemistry
Popular factual and factual entertainment
Popular factual and factual entertainment commissioning
"When thinking of ideas for us think broad, populist and unashamedly entertaining."
Religion and ethics
Religion and ethics commissioning priorities
In 2019, the BBC will place a special emphasis on religion and ethics programming with a whole year of programming across television, radio and digital which will explore Britain's beliefs and values.
Specialist factual commissioning priorities
We cover science, religion, history, business and natural history. Our ambition is ensure that we're working in the full range of forms in each genre from blue chip to presenter lead, documentary to magazine show, format to live or as live event.
Storyville commissioning priorities
Ground breaking films with compelling narratives and strong characters, which though international in scope, have themes that touch us all.
Latest commissioning news
This September, BBC Radio 4 and the Science Museum Group will embark on an exciting new partnership exploring the relationship between art and science over the past 250 years in The Art Of Innovation: From Enlightenment To Dark Matter.
BBC Radio 2’s special programme, Let’s ABBA Party! with Nicki Chapman, revealed that ABBA’s 1976 album Arrival - which features hit songs such as Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You and Money, Money, Money - is the band’s best-selling studio album in the UK to date.
Andrew Ridgeley will make his radio presenting debut on BBC Radio 2 with an 80s pop music extravaganza next month - Andrew Ridgeley’s 80s Playlist.
BBC Ideas is open for a new commissioning round. The deadline for pitches is Tuesday 18 June 2019 at 5pm.
BBC and Nigeria’s Channels Television will be launching a new current affairs programme called Gist Nigeria on April 17 on Channels TV.
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