BBC Three: What’s coming soon to the online TV channel?
VOD News | On 15, Jan 2017
It’s happened. It’s here. BBC Three transformed from an old-fashioned linear channel into a hip, happening online channel on 16th February, as the BBC both tries to cut costs and embrace the changing viewing habits of younger audiences.
What can you expect from the channel? Well, it promises a mix of both long and short content, with broadly the same kind of programming as before, from documentaries to comedy – as well as a continuing focus on nurturing new talent.
“There will be as much contemporary British drama from BBC Three as ever before,” confirmed Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, upon the channel’s launch.
“When we were developing BBC Three, we kept everything focused on what our audience told us they wanted,” he adds. “Different types of content they could dip into during the day that kept them informed and entertained, and comedy and documentaries they could binge watch at their convenience. That’s basically the idea behind The Daily Drop [daily updates such as image galleries or short films] and The Best Of [BBC Three’s new, original programming]. Snackable daily updates for when you’re on the bus and longer programmes and other content for when you’re in front of the TV. For those big moments when you want a collective viewing experience we’re using the BBC’s live platform so we can create moments like director Q&As, and encourage audience interaction.”
But what exactly is on the way to BBC Three? Here’s a guide to the shows coming soon to the BBC’s first online channel. (We’ll be updating this every week so you never miss the latest shows to stream.)
For more information on how to watch BBC Three, click here – or head this way for our guide to the older TV box sets available on BBC Three.
Uncle: Season 3, Episode 3 – 15th January
BBC Three’s award-winning Uncle is back in January for the final part of this comedy trilogy. It’s been four years since man-child Andy (Nick Helm) forged an unlikely alliance with nerdy nephew Errol (Elliot Speller-Gillott). Suicidal and irresponsible, Andy cared only about having lost his girlfriend, and only looked after Errol after being blackmailed into it by chaotic sister Sam (Daisy Haggard). But a lot’s changed since then. Through two seasons of this buddy comedy with a difference, the pair have fought being kept apart, seen each other through heartbreak and triumphed in a life-or-death song contest.
When we re-join them for Season 3, it’s 18 months since Andy found out that he was going to be a father, and the baby he’s never met is haunting his nightmares. But is he ready to be a dad? And why do people count baby ages in months anyway? As he tries to work up the nerve to confront Teresa (Raquel Cassidy) about their child, he’s distracted by an offer from a record company executive that puts his artistic integrity to the test and makes him think about what really matters. Meanwhile, Errol (Elliot Speller-Gillot) butts heads with Bruce (Daniel Lawrence Taylor), as he figures out how to live under the same roof as his mum’s new partner and Sam (Daisy Haggard) contemplates motherhood.
Available from 10am on Sunday 15th January 2017.
Reggie Yates: Hidden Australia: Episode 1 – 16th January
In this new two-part series, Reggie explores the issues facing young Australians in the 21st century. In Black In The Outback, he first heads into the outback to spend time in an Aboriginal community, ravaged by alcohol addiction, and trying to find its place in modern Australia. In Addicted to Ice, Reggie then travels to Melbourne, to investigate why Australia’s second city is in the grip of a dangerous epidemic, caused by the drug known as Ice.
Available from 10am on Monday 16th January 2017.
Things Not to Say… to Someone Who’s Mixed Race – 17th January
BBC Three’s series of comedy shorts with a serious message continues with things to not to say to someone who’s mixed race.
Available on BBC Three’s YouTube channel from 10am on Tuesday 17th January 2017.
Annie Mac: Who Killed the Night? – 18th January
Almost half of the UK’s nightclubs have closed down over the past decade. Is it property developers, the police or local councils who are contributing to the decline? Or is it simply the fact young people are changing the way they go about partying, with the advent of all-day parties, illegal raves and the internet? Broadcaster and international DJ Annie Mac investigates.
Available from 10am on Wednesday 18th January 2017.
The World According to Maxim Bady – Friday 20th January
Vlogger Maxim Bady presents a weekly guide to the weird side of the world wide web. Read our review.
New episodes arrive every Friday.
Other shows coming soon
Clique – Date TBC
Clique is a brand new six-part drama created by Jess Brittain and written by Jess Brittain, Kirstie Swain and Milly Thomas. Childhood soulmates Georgia and Holly are only a few weeks into the so-called best years of their lives at Edinburgh Uni, when Georgia gets drawn into an elite clique of alpha girls, led by lecturer Jude Monroe. Jude’s brand of feminism is alluring, just like the circle of bright students she surrounds herself with. Georgia’s effortless entry into the clique leaves Holly out in the cold. But Holly’s jealousy soon escalates to panic as Georgia begins acting erratically. Alarmed by this transformation in her best friend, Holly is compelled to follow her into Jude’s closely guarded circle.
What she discovers is a seductive world of lavish parties, populated by Edinburgh’s highest-powered business men and women. But it’s a world underpinned by sordid compromise, and as Holly exposes its deeply corrupt core, the danger mounts from all angles, for her and Georgia.
The show will span six 45-minute episodes and is produced by BBC Drama and Balloon Entertainment.
“BBC Three has always been a home for newer voices and fostering emerging writers, actors and directors. I am so excited to be a part of their new chapter,” says Brittain, “and the chance to reach a diverse audience online.”