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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.)
Love and Drugs on the Street: Girls Sleeping Rough: Season 3 – 16th June
22 year old Charlotte and her boyfriend Lance are sleeping rough in Brighton again after the winter night shelter closed in the spring. Kelly, now approaching her 19th birthday, has moved back to Hastings after her boyfriend was arrested in Brighton, and Ocean, who is 20, has returned from France after her work placement didn’t work out. In the last 10 years, the number of people sleeping rough in Brighton & Hove has increased by nearly twenty times – more than anywhere else in the UK. We continue to follow Kelly and Ocean as they negotiate life on the streets whilst Charlotte faces her biggest challenge so far.
Available from 10am on BBC iPlayer.
Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope: Season 2, Episode 2 – 18th June
Stefanie Preissner’s Irish comedy series returns to follow two young women, Aisling (Seána Kerslake, A Date for Mad Mary) and Danielle (Nika McGuigan, Philomena), as they navigate the perilous waters of adulthood. Season 2 picks up as the duo struggle with being apart. Aisling bonds with her new housemate Joe, who takes her under his wing to help her get act together, while Danielle is starting to struggle in Vancouver.
Available from 10am on BBC iPlayer.
Classic Chat – 22nd June
In this new series from the comedy brains behind the award-winning radio show The Pin, art comes to life, as the subjects of famous paintings talk to each other.
Available weekly on BBC Three’s YouTube channel.
A Stranger to Change Your Life – 23rd June
A social experiment conducted by BBC Three, between two strangers who ask each other one question after five minutes of staring eye to eye.
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