Damian Kavanagh


Idris Elba to take over BBC Three

Idris Elba is to oversee a “unique and ground-breaking” season of content for the BBC’s online channel, BBC Three. The Idris Takeover will see the multihyphenate’s production company, Green Door Pictures, produce content for BBC Three’s iPlayer channel, YouTube and the BBC Three website. The event will be a week long, and cover topics including […]

Professor Green making weed, child poverty docs

UK rapper Professor Green is making a pair of docs about social issues for the BBC’s online youth-skewing service BBC Three. Professor Green: The Truth About Weed and Professor Green: Living in Poverty (working titles) will be made by ITV prodco The Garden for the BBC. In the first film, Green (aka Stephen Manderson) will […]

BBC parodies Making a Murderer with spoof

The BBC has commissioned Sexy Murder, a six-part comedy that spoofs true crime hits such as Making a Murderer, The Jinx and Serial. The series will play on the UK pubcaster’s online youth-skewed net BBC Three, and star Rich Fulcher (The Mighty Boosh) as a US ‘televisionary’ and ‘truth crusader’ who travels to Britain with […]

Laughing matters at the Edinburgh Int’l TV Festival

Shane Smith and his plan to take over the media world dominated delegate chatter at the Edinburgh International Television Festival last week. Jesse Whittock wonders what the Vice boss would make of the BBC’s latest comedy efforts. During his MacTaggart Memorial lecture on Wednesday, which met with a mixed reaction (at best), Vice Media CEO […]

BBC Three behind most-watched show on iPlayer

The BBC’s youth skewing, online-only network, BBC Three, has produced the most requested show of the year so far on the BBC iPlayer, according to the corporation. With three million requests, British drama Thirteen (pictured) is the most requested show on BBC iPlayer so far in 2016, while seven of the top 20 most-request shows […]

BBC Three reports online success

Strong viewing figures for new BBC Three drama Thirteen shows that the youth network’s content “cuts through with a young audience wherever it is,” according to Damian Kavanagh (pictured). In a blog post that marks six weeks since BBC Three moved online-only, the network’s digital controller said that Thirteen has had over 2.4m requests so far […]

Two true-crime dramas for BBC

The BBC has ordered Murdered by My Father, and a new season of Murder for BBC Two, bolstering the UK pubcaster’s line-up of dramas based on real-life crimes. In the walk of Making a Murderer, The Jinx and The People v. O.J Simpson in-depth examinations of true crimes are a popular genre for broadcasters and […]

BBC Three goes off air and online today

Youth-skewing channel BBC Three has gone off-air and was an online-only service from noon today in a move the pubcaster said makes it “the first TV channel in the world to make the switch from linear broadcast channel to online-first destination.” The contentious move online came amid deep BBC cost-cutting and following an unsuccessful campaign […]

BBC Three reveals switchover content plans

The BBC announced two new platforms and a raft of new content for its youth network BBC Three, ahead of its move to online-only on February 16. At an event in London yesterday to preview the reinvented BBC Three, the broadcaster announced a new online home for the channel, The Best Of, and a new […]

BBC Three orders disability doc

UK digital network BBC Three has commissioned a one-off documentary about so-called freak shows. Actor and presenter Adam Pearson, who has a genetic condition that causes non-cancerous tumours to grow along his nerve endings, will explore the world of people who use their medical conditions to educate, entertain and make money in Adam Pearson: Freak […]

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