The Idris Takeover will see the multihyphenate’s production company, Green Door Pictures, produce content for BBC Three’s iPlayer channel, YouTube and the BBC Three website.
The event will be a week long, and cover topics including comedy, drama, sport, music and documentary, tackling topics close to the youth-skewing BBC Three audience.
Elba will star in short film series Five by Five, which are a series of five standalone pieces set in London that feature chance encounters that question identity and change perception. Each pairs a new writer with established talent.
Other programming include Romesh: Comedians in Pubs Talking Comedy, which will see stand-up Romesh Ranganathan presenting six shorts featuring Jack Dee, Sharon Horgan, Russell Howard, Jayde Adams, Humza Arshad and Tim Renkow recalling tales of their early comedy careers.
Sport-themed programming comes in the shape of Moses: Strong Man, about a Nigerian-born man who has turned away from crime to become an inspirationalpersonal trainer; thee Amazing Humans stories, featuring wheelchair boxing, a female American football player, and a former child soldier who is now training to be a professional jockey.
SBTV founder Jamal Edwards is leading Music Video, in which he collaborates with UK rappers to create a track on the theme of inspiration, while Shogun Documentary follows a 19-year-old MC from Paisley, Scotland.
Round off the season are two documentaries: Working Class Barrister, about an aspiring barrister from an underprivileged part of Bradford, who struggles to win a scholarship; and Seventeen, in which director Mollie Mills follows five 17-year-olds in Scarborough to expose the realities young Brits are facing.
“There’s a part of me in every aspect of this season; comedy, drama, documentary, sport all made by a truly diverse team both on and off screen,” said Elba.
BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh said the takeover would “provide a platform” for “new and exciting talent”, while Green Door head of scripted Ana Garanito said: “This is at the heart of the Green Door DNA which are a shared set of values with BBC Three, so we are beyond excited to be building this curation with them.”
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