BBC Three

Outgoing boss announces new BBC Three series

UK digital youth-skewed channel BBC Three has ordered three new formats. From the BBC’s own production department there will be a 6x30mins variety show, Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment, in which the titular host will explore weighty issues and set the world to rights. Lion TV is making dating show Sexy Beasts. It was piloted earlier […]

ITV recruits Julian Bellamy

ITV has poached Julian Bellamy from Discovery and he will replace the outgoing Denise O’Donoghue as managing director of its content unit ITV Studios. Bellamy is currently creative director and head of commissioning at Discovery Networks International and has been instrumental in the factual channel operators original programming drive. At ITV he will succeed Denise […]

BBC to debut full season of BBC Three show on iPlayer

For the first time, the BBC is set to make all episodes from new series available on iPlayer before its linear transmission, as part of a simulcast agreement with ABC Australia’s internet TV service iview. New Australian comedy series Jonah From Tonga will be available in its entirety on the BBC’s iPlayer from Friday 2 […]

Sky Atlantic poaches BBC Three’s Zai Bennett

BBC Three controller Zai Bennett is leaving the UK pubcaster to become director of Sky Atlantic. The news comes after the BBC announced that youth-skewing BBC Three will move to an online-only service. Bennett joined the BBC in 2011 and as boss of youth-skewed BBC Three has overseen shows including The Call Centre, Life And […]

Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott produce BBC One’s Taboo

Hollywood actor Tom Hardy, Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight and director Ridley Scott (pictured) are creating an eight-part period drama for BBC One. Taboo will be produced by the UK wing of Scott Free Productions, Scott Free London; Hardy Son & Baker; and Sonar Entertainment, which will distribute the series outside of the UK. Knight, who […]

Cuckoo is first ARD access prime acquisition in 10 years

ARD has picked up UK comedy Cuckoo – a deal that is claimed to represent the German pubic broadcaster’s first acquired access prime series in more than a decade. The first two seasons of the BBC Three comedy will broadcast on the broadcaster from autumn this year. “For a broadcaster of ARD’s calibre to take […]

Cohen: budgets may threaten BBC Four future

The BBC’s director of television has warned arts and culture channel BBC Four could go the same way as younger-skewing BBC Three if budgets continue to tighten. Yesterday morning, the British pubcaster confirmed rumours it would shutter BBC Three in autumn 2015 following a series of cost-saving measures. Hours later, Danny Cohen admitted BBC Four […]

BBC confirms BBC Three 2015 closure plan

UK public broadcaster the BBC has confirmed that it is putting plans in motion to close youth-skewing digital channel BBC Three in autumn 2015. BBC management has notified the BBC Trust, the body that governs the pubcaster, of the proposed change. The Trust would need to approve the scrapping of BBC Three, which has been […]

News brief: BBC Three’s Uncle visits again

UK youth channel BBC Three has commissioned a second season of Baby Cow-produced comedy Uncle. The shows follows a comic Nick Helm as a misanthropic out-of-work musician who forges an unlikely alliance with a 12 year-old boy. Season one has so far achieved ratings of up to 2.6 million viewers. Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions […]

BBC Three, ABC board next Chris Lilley Heights spin-off

The Australian and UK pubcasters are to broadcast the latest spin-off from Chris Lilley’s mockumentary Summer Heights High. Australia’s ABC yesterday unveiled its 2014 programming line-up, which included the untitled series. The BBC subsequently revealed BBC Three had come onboard the project, as it has done with other Lilley comedy projects. The Princess Productions and […]