BBC Three: What’s coming soon to the online TV channel?
VOD News | On 18, Mar 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.
Pls Like – How to Become a Superstar Vlogger: Episode 6 – 18th 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.”
The final episode arrives on BBC Three’s YouTube channel at 10am on Saturday 18th March.
Clique: Episode 3 – 19th March
Holly is ready to start her new life as part of Jude’s clique. But as Georgia continues to push for a competitive position at Solasta, Holly remains suspicious – a feeling that gets stronger when she starts to receive warning messages from a mysterious stranger.
As the pressures mount on Georgia, Jude and her other girls pull tight, clinging to their old loyalties and turning a blind eye to the extraordinary circumstances around them.
But on an evening out things come to a head – and both new and old friendships find themselves tested to breaking point. See the trailer and read more about the series
New episodes arrive at 10am every Sunday.
Photo: BBC / Balloon Entertainment / Phil Fisk
Top Gear: Extra Gear: Season 2, Episode 3 – 19th March
BBC Three’s spin-off from its rebooted motoring series, hosted by Chris Harris and Rory Reid, returns for a second run, with the short episodes released every Sunday following the main programme on BBC Two. In the first episode, Harris puts five celebrities through their paces in the all-new Reasonably Fast Car.
New episodes arrive at 9pm every Sunday.
Taxi to Training: Episode 2 – 20th March
BBC Three is teaming up with Lloyd Griffith for this football-themed comedy/interview series. The candid show, fronted by the comedian, choirboy and aspiring goalkeeper, will see Griffith offer some of the Premier League’s biggest stars a ride to their training ground. While en-route in Lloyd’s battered hatchback, the players take part in a number of challenges and share a couple of their favourite anecdotes about their fellow professionals.
New episodes available on BBC Three’s YouTube channel.
Deadliest Place To Deal – 22nd March
President Rodrigo Duterte swept to power in the Philippines last June, promising to clean up the country by ‘slaughtering’ anyone involved in illegal drugs. In the last eight months, a staggering 7,000 people have been killed. In this hard-hitting documentary for BBC Three Livvy Haydock travels to Manila, the capital of the Philippines, to investigate the world’s bloodiest war on drugs.
Livvy embeds with the police on drug raids, as they break down doors and arrest pushers. The police claim dealers die in these kinds of operations, because they chose to shoot at police officers, rather than surrender. But Livvy meets relatives of the dead, drug dealers living in fear of their lives, and human rights investigators – who paint a very different picture. She uncovers evidence that the police are systematically executing unarmed suspects and then covering up their tracks by planting fake evidence.
Just A Couple: Episode 3 – 23rd 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?
New episodes arrive at 11am on BBC Three’s YouTube channel every Thursday.
The World According to Maxim Bady – 24th 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 – 24th 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.
Clique: Episode 4 – 26th March
Holly is finally getting comfortable. Her relationship with Rory has stepped up and her friendship with the girls feels ever more real. But when an awful truth surfaces, all that is shattered.
Now Holly finds herself not knowing where to turn or who to trust. The warning messages she has been receiving intensify and the identity of their sender is more mysterious than ever. See the trailer and read more about the series
New episodes arrive at 10am every Sunday.
Photo: BBC / Balloon Entertainment / Phil Fisk
Idris Elba Week – From 27th March
The Luther star will lead a week-long season of content created and curated for the online TV channel, covering topics from comedy, drama, music and documentary, working with some of the best new and emerging talent in all fields and tackling issues that are relevant to young audiences today.
Romesh: Comedians In Pubs Talking Comedy – Date TBC
Comedian Romesh Ranganathan presents these six hilarious comedy shorts with some of the UK’s most loved comedians, including Jack Dee, Sharon Horgan, Russell Howard, Jayde Adams, Humza Arshad and Tim Renkow. In these one to one, frank and funny conversations, they discuss their earliest memories in their comedy careers – from show flops to patronising fans and facing their fears through an engaging, empathetic and relatable pub chat.
Five by Five – Date TBC
Idris Elba stars in BBC Three’s Five By Five, a series of short films from new writers featuring new on-screen talent working alongside established on-screen talent. Set in London, the five standalone films feature chance encounters people face which question identity and change perception.
Moses: Strong Man – Date TBC
This documentary follows Nigerian born Moses Adeyemi. Raised by his aunt, at the age of 16 he became embroiled in a world of crime. After being convicted, he turned his life around to become a personal trainer. Now drawing on his own experience he helps people cope with life trauma through mental and physical training.
Amazing Humans – Date TBC
As part of BBC Three’s Amazing Humans series and Idris Elba’s week-long takeover, we explore three new inspiring stories: Wheelchair Boxing, featuring paraplegic boxer and weightlifter Marcus Perrineau-Daley; Lady Line Backer, following Zoe Johnson, who rediscovers her self-confidence after an abusive relationship and eating disorders through American football; and From Child Soldier To Jockey, which sees Abdul Kareem Musa Adama rebuild his life through his love of horses as he learns how to become a professional jockey, after after his family were killed and the farm destroyed in an attack by rebels.
Music Video – Date TBC
Music mogul and entrepreneur Jamal Edwards has worked with new and emerging MC’s and artists from across the UK to create a brand new track and video, produced by up and coming producer Komenz. The finished product will see C-Cane (London), Shogun (Scotland), Truemendous (Birmingham), Berna (London), Eaton (Wales), Alika (London) and Olivia Louise (Chester) as they work together on a collaborative track on the theme – inspire.
Shogun Documentary – Date TBC
In this documentary, BBC Three’s Idris Elba week shines a light on Joe Heron AKA Shogun, a 19 year old MC from Paisley, Scotland, who with no connections but plenty of talent has racked up 1.75 million YouTube hits for his brand new track and has gone on to support acts such as Bugzy Malone and Pharaoh Monch.
Working Class Barrister – Date TBC
How and why does a 25 year old working class woman from an underprivileged background have a burning desire to fight for injustice and enter one of the most traditional, exclusive law professions? We follow Leila Taleb, an aspiring Barrister from Bradford as she struggles to win one of the few scholarships available.
Seventeen – Date TBC
Director Mollie Mills has already gathered a fan base following her films exploring youth subcultures with a truly mesmerising visual style. In this one-off film, she follows five groups of 17 year olds in Scarborough and unpicks what their hopes and dreams are in marginalised Britain today.
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.