British digital-only pubcaster BBC3 has expanded its programming slate with a US$14 million (£10 million) investment to launch a formats-focused editorial pillar, two years after moving online.
The initiative will look to celebrate youth and their passions by commissioning original and contemporary takes on fact-ent, formats and entertainment.
BBC3 will extend its focus by injecting a different tone throughout its network, providing more creative opportunities for program makers to connect with young audiences in addition to its existing pillars of “Make Me Laugh” and “Make Me Think”, which launched such successful series as Murdered By My Father and People Just Do Nothing.
“This is an exciting creative moment for the channel and the production community as we are broadening the scope of our commissioning,” said BBC controller Damian Kavanagh in a statement. “We have received extra investment in recognition of the great work we have been doing since moving online and we have ambitious plans for the next stage of our journey.”
Anchoring the new editorial pillar are a host of programs, including films from English television presenter and journalist Stacey Dooley (pictured). In BBC Northern Ireland’s 30-minute one-off Stacey Dooley Investigates: Punishment Attacks – Shot By My Neighbours (w/t), Dooley explores Northern Ireland communities taking crime and justice into their own hands, while Rumpus Media’s Stacey Dooley Investigates: Preparing for the End of the World (1 x 60 minutes) chronicles the people preparing for the end of the world.
The Shotglass Media and Thames-made Eating with My Ex (1 x 30 pilot) is slated to become a long-form proposition following its success as a short-form series on BBC3. The social experiment series invites former couples to meet up for dinner, dissect old passions and answer brutally honest questions about where their relationship went wrong.
Also slated to premiere in the coming months is documentary Annie Price: The Truth about Having a Baby (1 x 60 minutes), which presents Price’s personal story of becoming a mom for the first time and the first blood relative she’s ever known; the hour-long and tentatively titled obs-doc Voices In My Head,which was commissioned at Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Northern Filmmakers pitching session and follows the lives of three people who hear voices as a result of mental illness; and three-part series Different Like Me, which documents strangers struggling with similar conditions – from vitiligo to scarring from burns – who live together and explore how to overcome their fears and anxieties.
“We are reinventing the BBC for a new generation and BBC Three’s role in that is more important than ever,” added Charlotte Moore, BBC director of content. I’m really proud of what Damian and the team have achieved over the last two years and this extra investment is a clear signal of our commitment to entertaining young audiences into the future.”