BBC Three: What’s coming soon to the online TV channel?
VOD News | On 26, Feb 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.
Sex, Drugs & Murder: Episode 6 – Out in the Cold – 26th February
BBC Three’s series of short documentaries continues to explore the Holbeck area of Leeds, where, in October 2014, a pioneering pilot scheme was set up, allowing sex workers to work in a managed red light zone. In Episode 6, we follow sex workers struggling to survive the winter cold, while Sammie Jo wrestles with trying to get clean.
Available from 10am on Sunday 26th February.
Stacey Dooley Investigates: Young Sex For Sale In Japan – 28th February
Japan is seen to have a serious problem with the sexualisation of children. From bars where men pay to meet schoolgirls to suggestive pictures of very young children and comic books featuring child rape, the country has faced global criticism for its attitudes. It was only three years ago that possessing genuine child pornography was finally made illegal.
Stacey Dooley travels to Tokyo, Japan to look into what effect the law banning child porn has had and to see if the attitude towards the sexualisation of children has changed.
Available from 10am on Tuesday 28th February.
This Country: Episode 4 – 1st March
This Country is a sitcom series for BBC Three which takes the mockumentary format to explore the lives of young people in modern rural Britain, focusing on cousins Kerry and Lee ‘Kurtan’ Mucklowe and their life experiences in a typical Cotswold village. Read our review.
New episodes arrive at 10am on Wednesdays.
The World According to Maxim Bady – 3rd March
Vlogger Maxim Bady presents a weekly guide to the weird side of the world wide web. Read our review.
New episodes arrive every Friday.
The Real History of Sex – 3rd March
Considering the writer of the first lonely hearts request was ‘rewarded’ for her love-seeking action by being thrown in an asylum, we’ve come a long way in the world of dating. BBC Three’s new series of animated comedy shorts sees six historian Donald Greenacres give us a candid, offbeat tour through the annals of sexual activities gone by. Including, yes, the tradition of sticking an apple in the armpit.
New episodes added weekly on BBC Three’s YouTube channel.
I’m Different: Let Me Drive – 3rd March
This four-part series follows learner drivers who face more than the usual difficulties in passing their test, those with a challenging condition such as autism, ADHD, Asperger syndrome and a range of disabilities/difficulties and neurological disorders. We meet some of the UK’s most inspiring learner drivers as they get behind the wheel at a Very Special Driving School and strive to achieve their driving dreams against all the odds on the road to independence.
Available from 10am on Friday 3rd March
Pls Like – How to Become a Superstar Vlogger – 4th March
BBC Three’s new comedy takes a satirical look at YouTubers. Produced by Left Bank Pictures, the weekly series follows struggling comedian Liam (Williams) as the unlikely victor of a search for the next megastar vlogger. With the help of established YouTubers Charlie South (Jonathan Pointing) and Millipede (Emma Sidi), as well as Talent Manager, James Wirm (Tim Key), Liam, a.k.a. Vloggy McVlogface, must undertake a series of challenges to see if he has what it takes and win a £10,000 prize.
Williams says: “It’s been fun and rewarding getting to work with some of my favourite comedians and a very talented creative team to lampoon a world which I find baffling and envy-inducing in equal measure.”
Key adds: “I loved working on Pls Like, Liam’s a smart writer and he has made serious amounts of hay in a weird and wonderful world I know nothing about. It was a joy working with him and his glowingly talented acolytes on this sparkling new series.”
New episodes arrive at 10am every Saturday on BBC Three’s YouTube channel.
Clique: Episode 1 – 5th March
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.”
Available from 10am on Sunday 5th March.
Photo: BBC / Balloon Entertainment / Phil Fisk
Stacey Dooley Investigates: Canada’s Lost Girls – 7th March
Canada has a dark secret. Thousands of woman and girls from the indigenous community have been tragically murdered or disappeared. Many have still not received justice. Stacey Dooley travels to British Columbia and Alberta to explore why this is happening, and investigate what is being done about it. She starts her journey on a remote road dubbed the Highway of Tears where dozens of woman have vanished or been murdered since 1980 whilst trying to hitchhike. Determined to find out why this is happening and who is taking the girls Stacey travels to the city of Edmonton, to meet women working in the sex trade that are at high-risk, some reveal disturbing stories of violence and fear.
Available from 10am on Tuesday 7th March.
Just A Couple: Episode 1 – 9th March
BBC Three sitcom about a millennial couple, Mark and Shavon. In Episode 1, the pair play a relationship quiz. It’s all fun and games until they both start to feel things might be getting a little too close for comfort. Should you ever really ask your boyfriend what he would most like to change about you physically?
Available from 11am on BBC Three’s YouTube channel on Thursday 9th March.
Other shows coming soon
How to be Male and Happy – Spring 2017
How to be Male and Happy is a three part short-form documentary series, presented by 23-year-old comedian Jack Rooke, who found success through his cathartic, award winning stand up show Good Grief, which draws upon his experiences of losing his dad to cancer at the age of 15. Some years after, life dealt another devastating blow and his best friend Olly took his own life after battling depression.
The series is Jack’s one man mission to explore male identity, mental health and body image as he hangs out with men of different ages who have found their own ways of managing what life has thrown at them.
Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope – Date TBC
Created and written by playwright Stefanie Preissner in her first commission for television, this six-part Irish comedy-drama follows two young women, Aisling and Danielle, as they navigate life in Dublin and the perilous waters of adulthood.
Aisling (Seána Kerslake, A Date for Mad Mary) would rather be shot from a cannon than change her routine. She’s lived with best friend, Danielle (Nika McGuigan, Philomena), ever since college. Together, they live their lives to the full, with nights out and drink-fuelled adventures aplenty, protecting each other from the sharper edges of the world. But something is stirring. Danielle would never admit it, but she is becoming less and less enamoured with the life they’ve created…
Murder in Successville: Season 3 – Date TBC
BBC Three’s unique comedy show sees Tom Davis return as DI Sleet, who investigates a crime with a different celebrity guest each episode. The catch? There’s no script to follow, so the guests have no idea what awaits them. The third season will span six episodes and DI Sleet and his sidekicks will be joined by a resident cast of top comedy names including Kerry Howard, Luke Kempner, Colin Hoult, Cariad Lloyd and more. Stars taking part include Professor Green, Richard Osman, and Reggie Yates, with additional names yet to be announced.