17 exciting shows to look forward to after BBC3 moves online
Greg Davies, Helen Baxendale and Taylor Lautner return for the return of the culture clash comedy. Episode one will land on BBC3 on 16th February, the first day the channel is exclusively online. Series three meets back up with Ken, Lorna and co six months after Dale’s dramatic departure. The baby is on the way, while Dylan is preparing to leave for university and Rachel is trying to move on… when a transformed Dale returns to throw more spanners in the family works.
Doctor Who spin-off Class will follow the pupils of Coal Hill School, where former companion Clara Oswald was a teacher. The 8-parter will be set in present day London, but featuring the monsters and sci-fi weirdness fans know from Doctor Who. “Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space,” say the BBC, “and with darkness coming, London is unprotected.”
Jodie Comer and Aneurin Barnard star in disturbing new psychological drama. Comer is Ivy Moxham, a young woman who has just escaped the cellar she’s called home for the last 13 years. Today is the day she’ll return to her home, to her family, to her life. Thirteen is expected to be one of the first new dramas to start on BBC3’s online incarnation.
Skins writer Jess Brittain is the brains behind one of BBC3’s newest commissions. She’s written Clique, a 6-part university drama set in Edinburgh. Georgia and Holly are “childhood soulmates.” They are only a few weeks into life at Edinburgh uni when Georgia is drawn into an elite clique of girls, led by feminism lecturer Jude. Holly’s left out on the cold, but her initial jealousy turns to concern when Georgia starts acting erratically…
BBC3’s attempt to tune into our Serial obsession, The Boy Who Disappeared will see reporters Alys Harte and Bronagh Munro launch an investigation into the real-life disappearance of a teenage boy who vanished following a night out with friends. There were rumours in the community that he had been murdered, but nearly two decades later no body has been found and no one has been charged. The series will follow Harte and Munro as they piece together clues, knock on doors and interrogate rumours to try and find out the truth.
Last year, film-maker Dan Murdoch met members of the Black Panthers and the Ku Klux Klan in South Carolina for KKK: The Fight For White Supremacy. Now he’s returning to America for a follow-up documentary. Murdoch will take a closer look at the Black Liberation Movement, exploring the impact of the movement in the USA today. “I knew I needed to find out more,” says Murdoch.
People Just Do Nothing is back for a third series following MC Grindah and DJ Beats, who run Kurupt FM, a pirate radio station broadcasting garage and drum and bass from Brentford in west London.
Russell Kane’s new BBC3 show sees him dropped anywhere in the world with nothing but a smart phone for help. He’ll be joined by a different online and social media star every week. “In life, I independently Googled my way from council estate to degree in English – and the internet’s about to save my soul again. It’ll keep me warm. It’ll teach me to hunt and survive. Plus, I’m taking along online superstars who can access millions of knowledgeable followers! Okay, maybe SOME of their followers are 12 year-old girls, but still, I intend to WIN and outsmart nature,” says Kane…
From the team behind the Bafta-award winning Murdered By My Boyfriend comes this new story written by screenwriter Vinay Patel. This drama tells the story of the honour killing of a 16-year-old , “a riveting exploration of how family love and duty turned to violence, and murder, in a suburban British home.”
Comedian Josh Widdicombe will be returning to BBC3 for a second run of his eponymous sitcom. The comedy, which started as a one-off iPlayer pilot, focusses on Josh and his flatmates, footie mad Owen (Elis James) and old schoolfriend Kate (Beattie Edmondson). Plus their creepy landlord Geoff (Jack Dee).
Witless is a brand-new sitcom Him & Her’s Kerry Howard. It follows flatmates Rhona and Leanne whose lives are turned upside down after they witness a gangland shooting. Forced into witness protection, the girls quickly discover that assuming a new identity isn’t simple. While Leanne jumps at the chance to create an extravagant alter-ego, Rhona is paralysed by fear telling the simplest lie. And with two teenage gang members determined to track them down, the girls find themselves getting deeper and deeper into trouble…
Tom Rosenthal and Naz Osmanoglu’s new sitcom started life as a Comedy Feed too. Flat TV follows “two naïve flatmates who battle against the mundane reality of living together by imagining their boring lives through the prism of television”. Ordinary events play out through their favourite TV format, “whether they’re fighting over arranging furniture in their own version of Big Brother (Big Flat) or accidentally find themselves locked out in I’m Not A Celebrity Get Me Back In The Flat – Tom and Naz manage to survive the daily grind thanks to their hyper-vivid imaginations.”
Another former Comedy Feed. Dane is 29, ambitious, frustrated and very funny. He still lives with his parents, in a crammed box room which he shares with his mum’s cleaning equipment. He is a twin, which guarantees that any affection, support and enjoyment in his home life has always been split in half. Alongside his twin sister Kadean, Dane’s nemesis is his boss Steve, who represents everything that Dane is determined to escape from…
Murder in Successville series one saw celebrities attempt to solve strange crimes alongside DI Sleet (Tom Davis) – and it’s bagged a whole host of new and familiar faces. Recently crowned Queen of the Jungle Vicky Pattison will be swapping bushtucker trials for crime scenes alongside her I’m A Celeb co-star George Shelley. Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton will make an appearance too, as will TOWIE star-turned-radio DJ Mark Wright and Sky Sports presenter Chris Kamara.
The Bafta-winning series is back, telling the story of capital punishment through the eyes of young people whose lives have been shaped by it. The hard-hitting doc has access within prison walls and also hears from victims and their families. The first episode of this new series lands as BBC3 moves online: Daniel Lopez faces the death penalty in Texas for running over and killing a cop. He has grounds for an appear but doesn’t want to. Find out why not…
Magician Ben Hart is the star of his new series, offering seemingly simple tips and hints to help simplify every-day life. But all is not what it seems…
The BBC3 staple returns with a batch of new documentaries. One uncovers surprising and shocking stories about attitudes towards sex and prostitution, while in another Dooley travels to Cologne to investigate the spate of sexual assaults in the city. She’s also working on short films following child refugees for the channel.