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It’s happened. It’s here. BBC Three transformed from an old-fashioned linear channel into a hip, happening online channel on 16th February 2016, 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.)
Asian Provocateur takes all of the celebrity travelogue cliches and doesn’t so much subvert them as throw them in the bin entirely. That usual fish-out-of-water schtick is given a wonderful personal touch by Romesh Ranganathan, as he returns to his parents’ homeland of Sri Lanka – and, in Season 2, reunites with his mum to travel to Florida. Read our full review
Available on BBC iPlayer from 10am.
Amazing Humans – 11th August
Brian Peterson is an artist who is devoted to befriending the homeless community in downtown Santa Ana, in California. He paints vibrant portraits of some of these rough sleepers, and uses the proceeds from the sale of each painting to help get them off the streets. We meet two of his subjects: ex drug addict and gang member Kim whose turned her life around, and ‘Stevie Boy’ who is about to be painted for the first time ever.
Available on BBC Three’s YouTube channel.
One Hot Summer: Episode 4 – 12th August
BBC Three takes on Love Island with this new reality series, which leads to Spain to follow 13 young holidaymakers from across the UK. Over the period of a month, the group will travel together to Barcelona, Marbella and Seville to discover the best of what the country has on offer.
Through the prism of the trip, One Hot Summer will provide a window into a new group of friends from different walks of life as they break free from their normal lives and leave behind the daily pressures they face for an excursion abroad.
BBC Three will be using social media to provide daily updates, while these weekly episodes round up the best of the previous seven days’ events. Can’t wait until then? Follow the live page on bbc.co.uk/onehotsummer.
Episode 4 sees the group arrive in Ibiza, where Sam and Aimee’s relationship continues to cause tension. Megan escapes on a trip which leads her to question her party animal status.
Available on BBC iPlayer from 10am.
Amazing Humans – 18th August
BBC Three’s inspiring weekly web series continues with more examples of inspiring and heartwarming individuals.
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