New programmes coming to BBC Three
Following on from the announcement that BBC Three programmes will feature in a regular slot on BBC One, BBC Three have announced new commissions that showcase the breadth and range of programmes that the channel has on offer for young people
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The new programmes, from factual, comedy, entertainment and current affairs, will introduce new talent in front of and behind the camera whilst Stacey Dooley returns with two new documentaries. The commissions also include a new series developed by BBC Three’s in-house team and a short-form series that will have an accompanying podcast available on BBC Sounds.
Heartbreak Holiday (w/t) is a new digitally-led reality show centred on the theme of heartbreak which will follow ten young Brits across Greece and has been developed by the BBC Three in-house production team. It will look at broken friendships, tensions within families, romance, issues of acceptance and identity with a cast of young people from all across the UK and will be the ultimate intervention for the group as it will leave no stone unturned in its mission to explore modern relationships, 21st century dating and the multitude of reasons that cause break-ups and heartbreak.
Galdem Sugar is a shortform series commissioned by BBC Three that follows the personal lives of a cast of strong women, living, working and performing in London’s burgeoning grime scene. It is a constructed reality series that will shine a light on what it’s like to be a female artist in male-skewing industry and in a first for BBC Three, will have an accompanying podcast available on BBC Sounds where the women will come together to further discuss and debate the subjects and issues which mean a lot to them and their community.
Other commissions include new comedies Muzlamic, a brand new sketch show exploring life through the eyes of young British Asians written by Ali Shahalom and Aatif Nawaz, and Ladhood, a new coming-of-age sitcom from Bafta nominated writer/performer Liam Williams.
From factual, The Man Who Used HIV As A Weapon tells the story of Daryll Rowe, the first person to be convicted in the UK for deliberately infecting others with the HIV virus whilst Coal Town Cops (w/t) is the follow up to the hugely successful Valley Cops and follows the work of Durham Constabulary, where the cops and criminals go back years and everybody knows everyone else's business.
The Final Chapter: Life After My Brother’s Murder is Chanell Wallace’s first film after winning the BBC and Sheffield DocFest Northern Filmmakers Pitch 2018 with the idea for it. When she was 11 years old, her brother Daniel was stabbed and died. Now, more than a decade after his death, the murderer faces parole and Chanell will write a Victim Impact Statement that will feed in to the parole process. To do it, she needs to find out what happened to her big brother, why he died so violently, and get to grips with how she feels about the man responsible.
From Current Affairs, Stacey Dooley returns with two documentaries for BBC Three. In Stacey Dooley And The Bounty Hunters: The Good, The Bad And The Deadly, Stacey goes stateside to shadow America’s modern-day bounty hunters on the job and to meet the people who take the law into their own hands, go after fugitives who have skipped bail, and bring them to justice - for a healthy sum, whilst in Stacey Dooley: Face To Face With The Arms Dealers, she goes behind closed doors to follow one unique company as they are kit out armies, law enforcement agencies, private security companies and individuals with million dollar arms contracts. Big In The Valleys is a documentary series that travels to the Welsh valleys, an area with a distinctive voice and close communities, and some of the highest levels of obesity in the country, to follow the everyday stories of under 30s living with obesity.
BBC Three has also announced that Blindboy Undestroys the World will be coming to the channel as a series after a successful pilot about property, social housing and the rental crisis. This season Blindboy Boatclub, polemicist, author and man who wears a plastic bag on and his head will take on issues including work and money, the chaos brought about by the internet, anxiety and modern slavery.
United by heartbreak, ten young Brits are about to have the summer of a lifetime as they hit Greece in search of a way to heal their broken hearts in a new digitally-led reality show for BBC Three, where resolution is the ultimate goal.
Cast from all across the country with heartbreak as the one theme they all have in common, this series is the ultimate intervention for this group who will be brought together to explore modern relationships, 21st century dating and the multitude of reasons that cause break-ups.
Not all their heartbreak is romantic. We'll be looking at broken friendships, tensions within families, and issues of acceptance and identity. In a bid to resolve these issues to finally move on, this series will leave no stone unturned in its mission to get to the heart of the matter with access to everything our cast post whilst they are in Greece. From calls home, texts to exes and indiscrete messaging to each other, every social interaction will be captured to reveal the hidden stories and sub-plots.
Heartbreak Holiday is an eight part series made by BBC Three in-house production. It was commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three, the Executive Producer is Jo Smith.
Galdem Sugar is a constructed reality series which will follow the personal lives, loves and laughs of a cast of strong women, living, working and performing in London’s burgeoning grime scene. It will give underrepresented voices an opportunity to tell their stories, and shine a light on what it’s like to be a female artist in male-skewing industry.
In addition to the six episode series, each week the women will come together to create a unique no holds barred podcast where they further discuss and debate the subjects and issues which mean a lot to them and their community as well as to the audience.
The series and podcast will be produced by Thunderclap Media. The series will premiere each week on BBC Three, with episodes of the podcast being released alongside it on BBC Sounds.
Galdem Sugar is a six part series for BBC Three made by Thunderclap Media. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, former Controller BBC Three and the Executive Producers are Susy Price and Claire Zolkwer for Thunderclap Media. The Commissioning Editor for BBC Three is Nasfim Haque.
Muzlamic is a brand new sketch show exploring life from the perspective of two Muslim comedians, or rather, two comedians who happen to be Muslim.
Written and performed by Ali Shahalom and Aatif Nawaz, the duo's comic creations range from politically-charged comment, to observational sketches, to characters based on their own lives. Muzlamic aims to reflect the diversity of the British-Muslim experience, where being Muslim is sometimes crucial, sometimes incidental.
Ali Shahalom (better known as Ali Official), is a digital creator who’s stacked more than a 100m views on his Instagram page. Aatif Nawaz is a stand-up comedian best known for his acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe comedy shows Muslims Do It 5 Times A Day and Instant GrAATIFication.
Ali Shahalom and Aatif Nawaz say: “Getting a head nod from the BBC is an amazing feeling, we’re thrilled to have this opportunity. The process from page to screen has been wonderful. We’ve created Muzlamic in a way that gives people from different walks of life something to laugh at and connect to.”
Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, says: “Ali and Aatif are funny bones personalities who come up with really sharp ideas and observations that they characterise wonderfully. This format plays to their strengths as prolific creators who knock out really grabby ideas, we’re proud to back them to wider exposure and appeal.”
Chris Sussman, Head of Comedy at BBC Studios says: "BBC Three has been the launchpad for some of the country's best-loved comedians - and with Ali and Aatif, I think there's a real chance we might be adding a couple of names to an already long and impressive list. They're great writers and even better performers, and we're delighted to have the chance to show them to the world in Muzlamic."
Muzlamic is a BBC Studios production for BBC Three. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh , former Controller, BBC Three and Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning. It was produced by Adnan Ahmed, the Executive Producers are Ben Caudell and Chris Sussman. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Gregor Sharp.
Ladhood is a new coming-of-age sitcom from Liam Williams.
Set across two timelines, present day London and mid-2000s Leeds, Williams skewers modern-day masculinity by delving into the memories of his own misspent adolescence, loitering in the streets, parks and graveyards of suburban Garforth with his best mates Ralph, Addy and Craggy.
Reflecting on lad culture and the formative experiences of his youth, Williams searches for the secret to a less idiotic future. But can he learn from his past mistakes?
Liam Williams is a writer, actor and stand-up. In 2018 his BBC Three series Pls Like gained a Bafta nomination for Best Short Form Programme.
Liam Williams says: "I am excited to take on the challenge of playing a discontented man in his early 30s, struggling to break patterns of selfish and destructive behaviour. It will be a real test of my range. I'm grateful also to the BBC for this opportunity to consider the experiences of my youth and how they've shaped my adult personality, the process having being cheaper, and hopefully funnier, than therapy."
Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, says: “Ladhood has an exquisite concept at the heart of it which presents a reflective perspective on who we were as teens and the formative experiences that shaped us. Liam’s writing is pin sharp and this show has one of the most defining and original story-telling devices at the heart of it that we’ve seen since Peep Show.”
Chris Sussman, Head of Comedy at BBC Studios, says: “We’re thrilled to take Liam’s brilliant series on a journey from radio to TV. He’s a masterful storyteller, full of wit, warmth and compassion - which is surprising when you see what he was like as a teenage boy.”
Ladhood is a 5x25' series for BBC Three from BBC Studios. The Director is Jonathan Schey, the Executive Producers are Gareth Edwards and Chris Sussman and the producer is Joe Nunnery. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, former Controller, BBC Three, and Shane Allen, Controller BBC Comedy commissioning. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Gregor Sharp.
This powerful documentary tells the intimate and shocking accounts of five men who were targeted by Daryll Rowe, the first person in the UK to be convicted after deliberately infecting others with the HIV virus. He was found guilty of multiple counts of GBH.
The men in this film have all waived their right to anonymity to speak publicly for the first time. Some, before filming, hadn’t even told their families. And all have the same question: why did he do it?
Through their multiple perspectives, this film builds a gripping account of how Rowe set out on a dangerous, nationwide campaign to trick men into having unprotected sex with him over a period of 18 months. The men share first-hand experiences of how Rowe would lie about his HIV status, sabotage condoms and later send abusive text messages to his victims, taunting them with the virus.
More than 20 men reported him to the police, but nobody knows how many others Daryll Rowe targeted.
Through candid and revealing testimonies, the film explores not only the devastating effect of psychological abuse, but also the resilience of ordinary people. Alongside the men, we hear from Rowe’s foster mother as she tries to come to terms with - and to understand - her son’s crimes. But, there is only one person who really has the answer: Rowe himself. A final interview given from prison attempts to understand his motive and provide answers for those affected.
The Man Who Used HIV As A Weapon is a 1x45’ for BBC Three, is made by Century Films. The Director is Charlotte Charlton, in her long-form directorial debut, and the Executive Producer is Katie Bailiff. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, former Controller, BBC Three, and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries. The Commissioning Editor is Emily Smith.
The follow-up to BBC Three's hugely successful Valley Cops, Coal Town Cops (w/t) follows the work of Durham Constabulary on the north-east coast of England, where the cops and criminals go back years and everybody knows everyone else's business.
But just because it's a long-standing relationship, doesn't mean it's a happy one. The hangover of the miners strikes in the 80s means that despite over 30 years of trying to make amends, many of the locals are highly suspicious of the police and prefer to sort things out themselves, leaving the police to piece things together on their own.
And the police have their work cut out for them as crime is rife, scoring drugs is often easier than getting a job and many of the local law breakers see prison as a 'criminal college' rather than a deterrent.
Filmed over seven months, this darkly comic, raw and revelatory documentary series follows the cops fighting crime in the neglected and notorious villages of the Durham coast - and the chaotic lives of the criminals they regularly lock up, taking you both sides of the custody cell door and into the heart of a community that doesn’t mince its words.
Coal Town Cops (w/t), is a 3x40' commission for BBC Three made by Minnow Films. The Series Producer/Directors are Jack Rampling and Krystina Meens and the Executive Producer is Sophie Leonard. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, former Controller, BBC Three, and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries. The Commissioning Editor is Emily Smith.
When Chanell Wallace was 11 years old her brother Daniel, 20, was stabbed and died on the streets of Nottingham. His murderer was given a life sentence, but 13 years on his parole process will soon begin.
Daniel’s family have been invited to write a Victim Impact Statement that will feed in to the parole process, and Chanell, now 24, has volunteered to write it. A child when the murder took place, Chanell was shielded from much of the detail, so first she needs to find out what happened to her big brother, why he died so violently, and get to grips with how she feels about the man responsible.
The Final Chapter: Life After My Brother’s Murder is a brutally honest film laying bare the grieving process of one family who lost a son to violent crime, more than a decade after his death.
Chanell Wallace won the BBC and Sheffield DocFest Northern Filmmakers Pitch 2018 with the idea for this film. She is making the documentary for BBC Three with director Paul Wells at Blakeway North in Manchester, and the Executive Producer Fran Baker. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Emily Smith.
Stacey Dooley And The Bounty Hunters: The Good, The Bad And The Deadly
Stacey Dooley heads Stateside to meet some of America’s most prolific bounty hunters, the people who take the law into their own hands, go after fugitives who have skipped bail, and bring them to justice - for a healthy sum.
In 16 States of America, this multi-billion dollar industry operates with no specific laws in place to prevent anyone picking up a gun, going after a fugitive and calling themselves a bounty hunter.
Stacey gets an insight into the American bail system.
Shadowing America’s modern-day bounty hunters on the job, and getting to grips with the role bail bondsmen play in this ‘Wild, Wild West’ industry, Stacey asks: is this hugely profitable business taking advantage of poor people’s desperation for their own freedom?
This 1x60' documentary is made by TI Media Productions for BBC Three. The Executive Producer is Miki Mistrati. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, former Controller, BBC Three, and the Commissioning Editor is Gian Quaglieni.
Stacey Dooley: Face To Face With The Arms Dealers
At $100bn, the global arms trade is at its highest value since the Cold War. Stacey Dooley follows one unique company as they forge deals all over the world, catching a rare glimpse into what goes on behind closed doors. These orders are kitting out armies, law enforcement agencies, private security companies and individuals with million dollar arms contracts.
This one hour documentary is made by Zig Zag Productions for BBC Three. The Executive Producers are Danny Fenton and Wendy Robbins. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, former Controller, BBC Three, and the Commissioning Editor is Gian Quaglieni.
At a time when over 60% of people are classed as fat or obese, Sundog Pictures has been commissioned by BBC Three to make a documentary series telling everyday stories of millennials living with obesity.
Set in an area with a strong and distinctive voice - the Welsh Valleys - which has some of the highest obesity figures in the country, this series follows the everyday challenges of finding the right person to love and making your own hopes and dreams come true when you’re overweight. Some of the people featured are determined to take on life large and proud, while others are already dealing with health issues as a result of their size. Living in a part of the country that takes pride in its close communities, but where it can sometimes feel that only the takeaways are thriving, you can count on these young people to bring energy, dark humour and wisdom to the situation they find themselves in.
Big In The Valleys is a 3x30' commission for BBC Three made by Sundog Pictures and the Executive Producer is Katie Buchanan. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Former Controller, BBC Three, and the Commissioning Editor is Gian Quaglieni.
Blindboy Undestroys The World
It's 2019 and society is wearing an adult nappy. In Blindboy Undestroys The World, Blindboy Boatclub, polemicist, author and man who wears a plastic bag on his head tries to find out why.
Taking in wrongdoers from small-time crooks to society wrecking multinationals, scam-endorsing celebrities to human traffickers and gangmasters, and mixing undercover reporting with comedy, commentary, pranks and analysis, Blindboy Undestroys the World looks at not just the criminals, or those gaming the system, but also what happened to get us here.
After a successful pilot about property, social housing and the rental crisis, this season Blindboy and his team take on issues including work and money, the chaos brought about by the internet, anxiety and modern slavery.
Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment, says: “In this unique programme, Blindboy pushes the boundaries on ways entertainment shows can tackle serious topical issues which really matter to young people. Following his pilot on the housing crisis he’ll be tackling subjects such as human trafficking through to scam celebrity endorsements. It’s a funny, important show and not to be missed.”
Blindboy Undestroys The World is a four part series for BBC Three made by Rumpus Media. The Executive Producers are Iain Wimbush and James Cotter. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Former Controller of BBC Three and Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment Commissioning. The BBC commissioning editor is Ruby Kuraishe.
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March 1, 2019 5:27pm ET by BBC Three