The BBC has today announced a host of iPlayer exclusive programmes from comedy’s finest, including Matt Berry, Frankie Boyle and Jo Brand, alongside new commissions from the most exciting emerging British filmmakers, writers and performers.
On 5 April, Matt Berry kicks off his brand new topical comedy series Matt Berry Does… for iPlayer, with Matt Berry Does.. The Boat Race - an anthropologic look at the Oxford/Cambridge boat race. This is the first of six shorts which Berry will make for iPlayer following his previous hits Lone Wolf and Wild Love.
Following the hugely successful Scottish Referendum Autopsy comedy event for iPlayer last year, which attracted over 715k requests, Frankie Boyle is returning to take centre stage in his Election Autopsy in May.
Jo Brand has today been announced as the host of BBC iPlayer’s next Private View on Grayson Perry at Turner Contemporary, which will go out in May.
Following the success of Adam Curtis’ experimental epic Bitter Lake which has racked up close to one million requests, filmmaker and journalist Charlie Lyne will produce a horror documentary feature exclusively for BBC iPlayer. Fear Itself (working title) will be built from material spanning more than 100 years of horror cinema. Lyne's ambition is to create a horror film even scarier than the horror films he draws on. The film will launch on iPlayer in October.
Women Who Spit features five of the UK’s most exciting young female poets tackling a range of tough topics that pre-occupy young people. This series of short films will launch on BBC iPlayer to coincide with the BBC’s Young Artist Day this summer and marks a unique collaboration with London’s Roundhouse.
In June, BBC iPlayer will be celebrating Muslim culture in Fast Cuts (working title) – a series of comedy shorts starring established and emerging Muslim comedians. This is an exciting collaboration with BBC Asian Network and BBC Writers Room. Talent includes: Tez Ilyas and Guzzy Bear aka Mobeen.
One of BBC iPlayer’s first Original Drama Shorts, My Jihad, returns as a series this summer. The tender and funny love story, set in contemporary Britain, explores the unfolding relationship between a young Muslim couple across three episodes.
Following the success of Funny Valentines comedy shorts featuring comedians including Bill Bailey, Romesh Ranganathan, Sara Pascoe, Limmy and Nick Helm, which have had 1.3m requests so far, the BBC is today announcing that 2016’s day of romance will see Funny Valentines return for a second series. Comedians involved to be announced.
A new weekly entertainment show This Week on iPlayer (working title) will be available later this year to showcase the full and surprising range of content available on BBC iPlayer in a given week.
Victoria Jaye, Head of TV Content for BBC iPlayer, says: “I’m thrilled to have such a vast range of fantastic content coming exclusively to iPlayer in the next few months. BBC iPlayer is fast becoming one of the most exciting places for British writers, artists and film makers to create ambitious new work, from original comedy and drama, to feature length documentaries and topical arts and entertainment. With requests for iPlayer exclusive content more than tripling in the last year, audiences are recognising BBC iPlayer as more than just a catch-up service."
Matt Berry Does…
Straight off the back of his Lone Wolf and Wild Love comedy shorts for BBC iPlayer, Matt Berry kicks off his brand new topical comedy series Matt Berry Does… on BBC iPlayer by taking on the human world – starting with an anthropologic look at the Oxford/Cambridge boat race in Matt Berry Does… The Boat Race. Expect more from Berry’s brilliantly unbridled voice overs across the year on iPlayer, as this is the first of six shorts in the series.
Producer: Lisa Clark Director: Dave Walker Writer: Bob Mortimer Pett Television
Matt Berry’s Boat Race will be available on BBC iPlayer on the 5 April at 9pm
Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy
Frankie Boyle takes centre stage in his Election Autopsy - a comedy special made exclusively for BBC iPlayer.
Recorded in front of a passionate crowd in London’s historic Wilton’s Music Hall, the show features Frankie at his brilliant best doing stand-up, review, discussion and audience interaction - all in an attempt to make sense of the recent general election.
Throughout the show, Frankie makes a series of bold and often outrageous statements about the vote. He’s joined by a range of guests including comics and experts, who are on hand to take him to task over his claims – before the audience decide whether he’s right or wrong.
Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy is made exclusively for BBC iPlayer by Zeppotron, part of Endemol Shine Group.
Executive Producers: Ruth Phillips and Peter Holmes Series Producer: Adam Copeland Producer: Chris Barbour Director: Barbara Wiltshire
Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy will be available on BBC iPlayer on the 17 May at 9pm
Grayson Perry at Turner Contemporary: Jo Brand’s Private View
Grayson Perry is now one of Britain’s best loved living artists; famous for his wry social commentary on class, taste and the 'art world' itself. On 23 May a major new exhibition of his work with open at the Turner Contemporary in Margate and comedian Jo Brand will be given exclusive access to make a ‘Private View’ film for iPlayer.
Just like Grayson, Jo has built her career around making shrewd and radical observations on contemporary society. In this film she will take the viewer on a deeply personal and fantastically witty tour around the famous pots, prints, tapestries and sculptures of an artist she hugely admires.
Available on BBC iPlayer on the 23 May at 9pm.
Private View is an iPlayer exclusive strand which opens the doors to the public on blockbuster art exhibitions across the UK to bring these to widest possible audience. They mark an important collaboration with British arts institutions.
Later in 2015, BBC iPlayer will collaborate with Tate Liverpool to bring a Private View of influential abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock. Host tbc.
Executive Producer: Janet Lee BBC Arts Production
Women Who Spit
This series of shorts feature five female Spoken Word poets (between the ages of 22 and 25) who have each written a new poem of 3-5 minutes in length, that tackle a range of topics they have identified as themes that particularly preoccupy young people between the ages of 16 and 25.
Cecilia Knapp will tackle Mental Health as it affects young women; Vanessa Kisuule will explore identity; Jemima Foxtrot will look at how women are conditioned to conform to an ideal Body Image; Megan Beech will celebrate her Feminist Role Models and berate the way many are stereotyped by the media; and Deanna Rodger will interrogate her own sense of Home and our attitudes towards the homeless.
Each film will have its own distinct visual style and tone, with some using snatches of animation and graphics and others incorporating BBC archive where suitable.
Executive Producer: Janet Lee BBC Arts Production
Fast Cuts (working title)
A series of original comedy shorts, written and performed by a wide range of established and emerging Muslim comedians to celebrate their culture.
This is a collaboration with BBC Asian Network and BBC Writers Room.
Production Company: Baby Cow Executive Producers: Henry Normal and Mob Dar
Original Drama Shorts - My Jihad
My Jihad - The Series will continue the story of this young, modern Muslim couple across three further episodes. Can a chance meeting on a bus turn into something more meaningful? Can they put aside their prejudices and persuade themselves and their families that they could have a future? Or are there just too many obstacles to overcome? A tender and funny love story set in contemporary Britain.
Senior Executive Producer: Hilary Salmon Producer: Madeleine Sinclair BBC Drama Production
Fear Itself (working title) will be a horror documentary in more ways than one. Built from material spanning more than 100 years of horror cinema, it will be an engaging, idiosyncratic study of a film genre as old as film itself. At the same time, it will subvert the traditional formalities of the arts documentary to create a movie every bit as scary as the films at its centre.
Our journey through horror will be led not by historical chronology, but by the physical experience of fear within the human brain. We’ll track a course through the involuntary reactions that make horror possible, and use them as a jumping-off point to explore how horror filmmakers tap into our most fundamental impulses.
BBC Arts Production
This Week on iPlayer
This Week on iPlayer will be available later this year. Presented by an inspired cast of talent (tba) the show invites audiences to discover the full and surprising range of content available on BBC iPlayer in a given week, and showcases content from across all genres; including, documentaries, comedy, film, food, sport, music and arts.
The aim is to highlight programmes that audiences don’t necessarily get to hear about through traditional media channels.
Executive Producer: tba
Previously announced commissions
London Fashion Week London Fashion Week is one of the most high-profile events in the fashion calendar, and who better to take you behind the scenes than model, presenter and Strictly Come Dancing champion Abbey Clancy? In collaboration with the London Fashion Council, BBC iPlayer will open the doors on LFW Spring/Summer 16, giving viewers the inside track on all the hottest trends.
Executive Producer: Janet Lee BBC Arts Production
Original Drama Shorts - Oakwood
In the suffocating silence of the countryside, 16 year-old William longs for the city, where he and his punk band can make all the noise they want. A poignant, funny coming-of-age story, this short follows William’s pursuit of his dreams. Written by Simon Longman and directed by Andrew Cumming.
Playing Ball When Charlie quits the netball team that her mother coaches, she kick-starts a chain of events that will test their relationship. Darkly comic, this short explores the relationship between mothers and daughters, and how far we will go for family. Written by Selina Lim and directed by Rachna Suri.
Is This Thing On? An isolated horror fan announces that he’s going to kill himself live on a webcam. Will the people he meets online be able to save him? A bold and affecting story, this short examines how we can make connections in the online age. Written by Vinay Patel and directed by Max Myers.
Senior Executive Producer: Hilary Salmon BBC Drama Production