BBC3 reveals factual and current affairs commissions

BBC3 controller Zai Bennett's first commissions include a factual series from Love Productions, and a doc and series in the current affairs category.
May 26, 2011

BBC3 controller Zai Bennett has revealed his first commissions, which include a factual series from Love Productions, and a current affairs doc and series.

Bennett, who came to his post in late 2010, has unveiled content that the BBC says is aimed at 16 to 34-year-olds.

Factual series Up For Hire Live is a response to statistics that show that in 2011, 20% of young people are unemployed in Britain. The program follows four talented but unemployed young people as they get their careers back on track via the “fast track”, spending four weeks working at a range of companies, in positions that will take from the bottom all the way to the top.

Every night, BBC3 will hold a live studio debate where themes and issues emerging from the Love Productions doc and the people’s progress will be discussed.

“Jobs and work are a vital issue for our audience right now,” said Bennett in a statement. “Up For Hire will condense the experiences of a 40-year career into one TV week in an innovative and engaging program, which we hope will not only have a real effect on the participants, but our entire audience.”

Current affairs doc Mixed Up In The Middle East features Reya, who is half Arab and half Jewish, as she goes to Israel and Palestine for the first time. The doc will follow Reya as she meets people from both sides of the divide, including her own family.

Lastly, the current affairs production Britain You’re Welcome to It (working title) looks at a group of Eastern Europeans as they arrive in the UK, revealing their first impressions of Britain and the people.

“BBC Three is an innovative, young and distinctly British channel. I hope this raft of new original shows will add to its rich history of brand new programming in all genres,” Bennett said.

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