BBC Three

Four-year WWI season is BBC’s ‘biggest ever undertaking’

UK pubcaster the BBC will launch 130 programmes comprising 2,500 hours between 2014 and 2018 to commemorate the centenary of World War I, an initiative billed as biggest of kinds in British broadcasting history. The programmes will broadcast across the Beeb’s linear, online and radio channels across local and international feeds. The initiative is being […]

Comedy Central poaches BBC exec for programming role

Comedy Central has recruited Louise Holmes as VP, programming. Holmes will join the UK version of the Viacom channel at the end of November and joins from UK public broadcaster the BBC where she was head of marketing for BBC Two, Three and Four. In her new role Holmes will oversee programming, scheduling and research […]

Chris Lilley character returns in ABC, HBO, BBC comedy

Comic Chris Lilley has scored a new series for his schoolgirl bully character Ja’mie King via Australian pubcaster ABC1, HBO in the US and BBC Three in the UK. Australian-born Lilley played the role in previous series We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High and will now reprise the part in Ja’ime: Private School […]

News brief: BBC Three goes back to The Call Centre

UK digital channel BBC Three has commissioned a second season of its ob doc series The Call Centre. The in-house BBC Factual Production show follows the lives of workers at the Swansea-based call centre Save Britain Money and its larger-than-life CEO. The first season began in June to solid ratings prompting BBC Three controller Zai […]

BBC Three to launch all comedies on iPlayer

UK channel BBC Three will begin premiering all of its scripted comedies on the on-demand iPlayer service as of August. The initiative will launch with the second season of Jack Whitehall-fronted Bad Education, which will be available free online a week before its TV debut. The BBC has been experimenting with a number of intiatives […]

truTV expands Jokers brand

US cable channel truTV has given the greenlight to a third season of its pranks series Impractical Jokers, as well as ordering a new six-part spin-off show. The third season of the show, in which four friends dare each other to complete increasingly outrageous things in public, will comprise 15 episodes. It’s set to launch […]

PBS, BBC, France 3 partner for civil rights march doc

Pubcasters PBS, BBC Three and France 3 are all onboard a new documentary honoring the fiftieth anniversary of a watershed moment in the US’s Civil Rights Movement. The March will look into a massive demonstration on August 28, 1963 for racial and economic equality in which the late Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his iconic […]

BBC confirms Puppet Game Show

UK pubcaster The BBC has confirmed a commission for a long rumoured Saturday primetime puppet series from The Jim Henson Company. The Puppet Game Show will be an 8x45mins coproduction between Henson and BBC In-House Entertainment for leading UK channel BBC One. Filming has begun ahead of a debut later this year. A successful pilot […]

Orphan Black finds UK home

BBC Three has acquired BBC America-coproduced drama Orphan Black and concurrently commissioned a workplace doc series. The first deal sees the UK public channel acquire Orphan from stablemate BBC Worldwide. The 10-part thriller series themed around a street smart young adult orphan who witnesses the suicide of a woman that looks exactly like her and […]

Danny Cohen named BBC TV chief

The BBC has named BBC One controller Danny Cohen as director of television. Cohen’s appointment comes after an open recruitment process and marks the final addition to new director general Tony Hall’s senior management team at the new look UK pubcaster. The role was previously known as director of vision. Roger Mosey, who helmed the […]