As BBC Three returns to the airwaves, the BBC has unveiled new competition, comedy and drama shows for the channel.
People Just Do Nothing’s Allan ‘Seapa’ Mustafa will reunite with BBC Three for Peacock, a new gym-based comedy series following Andy (pictured), a personal trainer at Sportif Leisure in the midst of an identity crisis. His world is one of selfies, bravado and gym memberships. When Andy loses out on a promotion to a younger, better looking PT, he realises he’s a man out of time.
New drama Life and Death in the Warehouse from the makers of Killed By My Debt explores life in a fictional distribution centre.
Inspired by the real-world accounts of warehouse workers in Britain and around the world, Life and Death in the Warehouse tells the fictional story of warehouse worker Alys, whose childhood friend Megan joins the same distribution centre as a trainee manager. In a desperate attempt to keep her new job Megan presses pregnant Alys to get her ‘pick rate’ up. But that puts Alys and her baby at risk.
Levi Jouavel, Kirsty Grant and Callum Tulley (pictured) join the channel as presenters of The Catch Up, BBC Three’s daily news programme. The show promises to “make sense of the world” and highlight optimistic stories in under five minutes.
New competition shows
The channel will also launch two new competition shows – Hungry For It with Big Zuu, Stacey Dooley and Kayla Greer, is a food format with a truly life-changing prize.
The Drop is a streetwear competition filmed in Manchester with Clara Amfo and music megastar Miguel, where contestants compete to get their clothes sold by a UK retailer.
With 11 million people living in rural areas of the UK and about a quarter of these under 30, The Fast And The Farmer-ish is a new competitive series which showcases tractor-driving talent.
Presented by Tom Pemberton, each episode pits two teams of petrol heads and their ‘souped up’ tractors against each other.
Speaking ahead of the relaunch of BBC Three, Channel Controller Fiona Campbell said:
In 2021, BBC Three titles have been streamed over 294 million times on iPlayer. Public service broadcasting is about providing universal accessibility and there is huge value in a broadcast channel alongside an on-demand service. Make no mistake, when it comes to content discovery, a BBC broadcast channel still has a massive role to play…
We know the landscape has changed but live broadcast TV delivers the most overall viewing for UK audiences. It still matters. Last week, over 80% of the UK watched broadcast TV. And, crucially, two thirds of 16-34s watched broadcast TV.
Of course, they do this as well as stream. Having a broadcast channel alongside iPlayer is an opportunity to maximise our reach.
This isn’t linear or On Demand, it is both.