BBC Three: What’s coming soon to the online TV channel?
VOD News | On 24, Jun 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.
Amazing Humans: Voiceless Choir – 24th June
BBC Three’s long-running web series of shorts about inspirational people continues with a look at a voiceless choir.
“In among those are stories of kindness, forgiveness and determination. What links each film is an overwhelming optimism, the desire to make the world a better place, to use your life wisely and compassionately to make a real difference in the lives of others. In a world which sometimes seems increasingly bleak, this series is a very welcome little haven of light.” Read our review.
Available on BBC Three’s YouTube channel from 10am on Saturday 24th June.
Eating with My Ex – 26th June
BBC Three’s new comedy series features people inviting their exes to talk over dinner.
Available on BBC Three’s YouTube channel on Tuesday 27th June.
Don’t Deport Me, I’m British – 27th June
In this emotionally charged one-off, one-hour film, BBC Three follows the stories of three young men. All came to Britain as kids, grew up here and feel British. But after becoming adults, they discover the shocking news that British government no longer welcomes them in the UK.
Available on BBC iPlayer on Tuesday 27th June.
Things Not to Say… to a Non-Binary Person – 27th June
BBC Three’s series of comedy shorts with a serious message returns with what not to say to someone with epilepsy.
New episodes arrive weekly at 12pm on BBC Three’s YouTube channel.
Live from the BBC: Season 2 – 29th June
BBC Three’s showcase for new comedy talent returns for another season of stand-up recorded at Broadcasting House’s Radio Theatre. Episode 3 sees John Robbins take to the stage.
Available on BBC iPlayer from 10am on Thursday 29th June.
I’m Coming Out – 2nd July
Videos of teenagers coming out to their friends and family have become viral hits across the internet. Despite the common presumption that homosexuality is more widely accepted, many are still rejected by family and friends because of their sexuality. In this 2 x 20 minute series, BBC Three follows two teenagers – 18 year old Ross from Cumbria and 19 year old bisexual Owen as they film their experiences and the emotional roller coaster that surrounds revealing your sexuality to family and friends.
Available on BBC iPlayer on Sunday 2nd July.
Should I Marry My Cousin? – 4th July
16-year-old Bradford-born Hiba Maroof faces a genuine moral dilemma – should she marry one of her cousins or go her own independent way? First-cousin marriage has gone on within Hiba’s family for generations. In this informative, authentic and deeply personal film, BBC Three offers an insight into one person’s complex dilemma, as Hiba finds out if it is possible and even sensible for her to desire such a close relative. We will follow Hiba as far as Pakistan, where there are eligible cousins, as she finally makes her decision.
Available on BBC iPlayer on Tuesday 4th July.
Professor Green: Is It Time To Legalise Weed? – Date TBC
Professor Green, aka. Stephen Manderson, embarks on a uniquely personal film that looks in depth at our relationship with Britain’s most popular illegal drug – and explores the arguments for and against legalisation. Before finding success as a musician, Stephen sold weed, and between the ages of 16 and 24, he smoked the drug every day – but things have changed since then. Stephen will explore today’s booming UK cannabis industry, from the realities of life as a dealer, grower and even weed robber, to the consumers with ever-expanding options about how and what they buy. As he reflects on his own past too, Stephen looks at addiction and the links between cannabis use and mental health.
With cannabis laws around the world now changing – and as US States like California fully legalise the drug – Stephen meets those hoping to make their future millions out of legalisation here in the UK. He also meets politician Nick Clegg to find out what conversations have happened in 10 Downing Street, and the police force that is trying to change the rules.