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BBC 3 reveals raft of factual, comedy & ent commissions

BBC 3 reveals raft of factual, comedy & ent commissions
Staff Reporter
07 August 2012

BBC Three has announced a raft of new factual, current affairs, comedy and entertainment commissions on the channel.

With BBC Three transmitting coverage of the Olympics, the channel is being given a high profile and a new audience. It hopes to engage some of this new audience with its non Olympics programming.

The new commissions include six productions in the new Body Beautiful season.

In addition, The Batman Shootings is a quick turn-around film from Mentorn Media on the US shootings at the screening of the new Batman film in Colorado.

Stacy Dooley in the US (w/t) is a three part show, where the presenter talks with young people in dire straits across the Atlantic, including girls locked up in a boot camp for young offenders, Mexicans desperate to live in the US and a gay conversion camp for gays unhappy with their sexuality. It will be executive produced by Clare Sillery for BBC Productions.

Unsafe Sex In The City is a four parter from Firecracker Films. It looks at the fall-out from unprotected sex affects their lives and their relationships. Patients’ stories will be mixed with lighter anecdotes from staff working in sexual health. The series is executive produced by Jes Wilkins and Tom Barry for Firecracker Films and series produced by Jon Connerty. Sam Bickley executive produces for BBC Three.

Unzipped (previously Britain Unzipped) returns for a new eight-part series to unearth more of what Brits really think and get up to with Radio 1 DJ Greg James and comedian Russell Kane. A Talkback production, Unzipped is executive produced by Leon Wilson and Dan Baldwin and for the BBC, Ruby Kuraishe. Series producer is Jamie Rea.

Impractical Jokers, one of BBC Three’s seven online, comedy web pilots has been commissioned as a six-part series. Impractical Jokers is a comedy/entertainment show in which four comedian friends compete in awkward real life scenarios that they set for each other – all recorded by hidden cameras. It is produced by Yalli Productions, part of Shed Media. Karl Warner is BBC executive producer.

In an Edinburgh Fringe first, BBC Three is producing a live overnight Comedy Marathon on the BBC’s Red button service, running from 9pm on Friday 17th August until 5am the following morning.

Hosted by Chris Ramsey, Andrew Maxwell, Susan Calman and Radio 1’s Jameela Jamil, the marathon will feature over 40 different acts from this year’s Festival. Comedy Marathon is a BBC in-house comedy production, with executive producer Will Saunders.

Zai Bennett, controller BBC Three, said: “We’re experiencing an historic moment on BBC Three right now - transmitting all hours to co-host the biggest sporting event on earth. With this raft of new commissions, alongside all the fantastic new shows which are launching straight off the back of the Olympics, viewers will see what a rich, diverse, surprising and engaging channel BBC Three is.”

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