Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, unveiled a number of new commissions for BBC One today at the Edinburgh TV Festival and announced that the BBC iPlayer will be changing. Content on the BBC iPlayer will be available longer and former series will return when new episodes of a program air.
Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content says: “We are hugely proud of the programmes we’ve had on BBC One this year, but we are aware that we can’t stand still if we are to keep up with what the audience wants. So we are making changes to the BBC iPlayer so there will be more programmes available for longer and a richer offer for everyone, young and old. With this in mind we’re increasingly looking to commission programmes that will work across both the linear channels and BBC iPlayer. The exciting commissions we’ve announced today will be a great offer for audiences however they consume them.”
The new commissions announced today include three dramas from Steven Moffat, Sarah Solemani and Gwyneth Hughes, a new comedy Bumps and two standalone factual pieces on extinction, presented by Sir David Attenborough, and mental health featuring the Duke of Cambridge.
Inside Man is a four-part mini-series produced by Hartswood Films and written by Steven Moffat (Dracula, Sherlock, Doctor Who). In the series, a prisoner on death row in the US and a woman trapped in a cellar under an English vicarage cross paths in the most unexpected way.
Whilst an original thriller inspired by true events, Ridley Road by Sarah Solemani (Barry, Aphrodite Fry) tells the story of one brave young woman’s fight against the rise of fascism on the cusp of the Swinging Sixties.
When It Happens to You is made by the producers of Three Girls, the BBC’s multi-award winning account of the grooming scandal in Rochdale. Its writer Gwyneth Hughes (Doing Money, Vanity Fair) explores the emotive issues around abortion in Northern Ireland and the experience of families and their loved ones whose lives have been profoundly affected by it.
New comedy Bumps, starring Amanda Redman, will follow the challenges of Anita, a sixty-three-year-old divorcee with two grown up kids, who decides to have a third baby. Unbeknownst to her it happens to be at the same time as her forty-year-old daughter Suzanne discovers she is expecting her first child. Bumps is a modern family comedy with a twist.
The subject of mental health remains one that resonates with audiences, particularly young audiences. In A Royal Road to Wembley: Tackling Mental Health viewers will follow The Duke of Cambridge as he works in partnership with the FA to launch an ambitious new plan to raise awareness of male mental fitness. The film will follow the narrative of the football season, from the first qualifying round in September all the way through to The FA Cup Final in May, and will show clubs up and down the country tackling mental health issues in their communities.
Following the impact of Climate Change: The Facts, BBC factual will explore the huge number of species of plants and animals which face extinction and the impact of this loss on the planet and humanity. Presented by Sir David Attenborough, the 60-minute special titled Extinction: The Facts is part of the BBC’s on going “Our Planet Matters” season which focuses on the biggest environmental and sustainability issues.