The next series of Jimmy McGovern’s BBC1 daytime drama Moving On is to be the first BBC drama to premiere on iPlayer before it is shown on TV.
In a trend which has already seen the same announcement made for other genres, the Corporation is to take the bold step to make the fifth series of the drama available via the online service later this autumn.
The string of premieres on iPlayer is part of the BBC Trust’s approved trial to explore the role of online premiering across a range of genres and channels.
Forty hours of programming will form part of the trial. BBC4 Storyville documentaries have already been shown prior to broadcast, as has Jack Whitehall’s school comedy Bad Education, with Peter Kay’s upcoming comedy Car Share also set to premiere online.
All BBC3 scripted comedies now appear first on iPlayer but this is separate to the trial.
The first series of Moving On aired in May 2009 and focuses on stories of people who reach a tuning point in their lives.
The upcoming five stand-alone dramas will feature a star-studded cast with names including Lee Ingleby, Sharon Horgan, Amy Nuttall and Keith Barron. One film will be directed by comic Johnny Vegas and another by actor Robert Glenister.
Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Daytime, said: “Moving On has firmly established itself as a favourite with the daytime audience and we’re delighted to be able to offer new episodes exclusively on BBC iPlayer and on BBC Daytime this autumn. Viewers will be able to enjoy gripping drama performed by a stellar cast and written by talented storytellers.”
Jimmy McGovern, said: “I always enjoy working on Moving On: five new stories from five brilliant writers, and a cracking cast too.”
Over the last year, there has been 43% growth in BBC iPlayer usage across mobile and tablet platforms – with drama programmes driving almost a third of total viewing.