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.)
Students On The Edge: Season 1, Episode 6 – 13th October
Some young people are taking huge risks in order to survive and prosper at uni in the UK. This new series takes us on to campus to give us a look at students on the edge.
New episodes released weekly on BBC Three’s YouTube channel.
Comedy Shorts – 13th October
BBC Three kicks off a new run of comedy shorts on its YouTube channel with a sketch observing the awkwardness of goodbyes that go on too long.
New shorts released weekly on BBC Three’s YouTube channel.
This Country: The Aftermath: Bonus Scenes – 13th October
This Country is a mockumentary exploring the lives of Cotswold cousins, Kerry and Kurtan Mucklowe. This new one-off special investigates the fallout from Kerry’s criminality. During the second season, Kerry’s trusting nature was taken advantage of and she became embroiled in a criminal enterprise with her devious father, Martin. As the police’s net tightened around the Mucklowes, Kerry was left with a direct choice: save her father or save herself. Eight months on, the crew returns to the Cotswolds to investigate what has happened to both the Mucklowe family and the village community as a whole.
With the special now on BBC iPlayer, BBC Three adds a collection of bonus scenes to YouTube.
Available from 10am on BBC Three’s YouTube channel.
Luisa Omielan’s Politics For Bitches – 21st October
Comedian Luisa Omielan is on a mission to educate young people about politics and the reason it’s so important, and she’s got four-part series to do it. The trouble is she finds it intimidating, inaccessible and has no idea what she’s talking about. So she wants to make a series that everyone can identify with, by learning on the job and travelling around the UK with her dog Bernie, exploring issues that matter to people like her.
Part stand-up gig, part documentary, this series explores some of the most important things relevant to young people today. The show kicks off with a look at the housing crisis, with all four parts released at once on BBC iPlayer.
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