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BBC Three channel to return in January 2022

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AcerBen
An EastEnders repeat is likely. Did the 10pm screening end before the channel was moved?


I think it moved to 10:30pm?

Also have a vague memory of a repeat then moving to W in the months following Three’s closure?


Yep, it went to W.

Would be interesting to trial it anyway, maybe later though, 11pm or something. EE needs all the help it can get.
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Markymark
I wonder what EPG slot on Freeview it will get ? LCN 7 was given to local TV, and 8 is used for C4 in Wales, and Alba in Scotland ?
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Jonwo
Jonwo posted:
I hope they have the courage to try some sort of daily live show.

Reckon they should do more tie-ins with Radio 1. Move The Live Lounge Show from BBC Four. A Newsbeat show? Music video hours VJ'd by Radio 1 DJs.


I suspect it'd be too expensive to do a live show and anything music related that's not TOTP repeats doesn't rate.

I reckon the launch show will be Conversations with Friends which is the follow up series to Normal People.


The music shows would be cheap to make and better as late night filler than ancient repeats of Summer Heights High and Two Pints Of Lager or whatever else they'd have to shove there. And having links between BBC Three and Radio 1 would be mutually beneficial.

They do have comedies that are more recent which can be repeated like This Country, Man like Mobeen, People Just Do Nothing etc
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Brekkie
I wonder what EPG slot on Freeview it will get ? LCN 7 was given to local TV, and 8 is used for C4 in Wales, and Alba in Scotland ?

Good point. We'll probably see everything else bumped down a number again for them to claim 23 - after all that UKTV went through to get hold of it themselves.

Jonwo posted:
Jonwo posted:

I suspect it'd be too expensive to do a live show and anything music related that's not TOTP repeats doesn't rate.

I reckon the launch show will be Conversations with Friends which is the follow up series to Normal People.


The music shows would be cheap to make and better as late night filler than ancient repeats of Summer Heights High and Two Pints Of Lager or whatever else they'd have to shove there. And having links between BBC Three and Radio 1 would be mutually beneficial.

They do have comedies that are more recent which can be repeated like This Country, Man like Mobeen, People Just Do Nothing etc

Yes, suspect the archive built up over the last 5 years will form a good chunk of it's schedule.


Also leaves the question about what happens to BBC1 post-10.45pm again as it's BBC3 content which dominated at least a couple of nights a week, and whether BBC2's comedy output will be negatively impacted by it
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AcerBen
Jonwo posted:
Jonwo posted:

I suspect it'd be too expensive to do a live show and anything music related that's not TOTP repeats doesn't rate.

I reckon the launch show will be Conversations with Friends which is the follow up series to Normal People.


The music shows would be cheap to make and better as late night filler than ancient repeats of Summer Heights High and Two Pints Of Lager or whatever else they'd have to shove there. And having links between BBC Three and Radio 1 would be mutually beneficial.

They do have comedies that are more recent which can be repeated like This Country, Man like Mobeen, People Just Do Nothing etc


Even so, they'll get tired quickly.
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Alfie Mulcahy
I wonder what EPG slot on Freeview it will get ? LCN 7 was given to local TV, and 8 is used for C4 in Wales, and Alba in Scotland ?


I'd guess 9 (24 in Scotland) so the numbers stay in order - BBC4 then shifting to 24.

Or if they wanted to have it on the same number throughout the country; BBC Scotland could move to 24 or even replace 'ThatsTV Scotland' on Channel 7.
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itvblocks
The right decision, just a shame they took it off in the first place and then had to take a few years to realise they made a huge mistake.


It was a massive flop and the saddest part is that (imo) this has hurt the channel.

I don't think BBC Three will be as popular when it returns as a television channel as it once was when it was a television channel.
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trivialmatters
Terrible decision in my view. The limited money they have to capture the young audience will now be spread thinly over a daily 11 hour time slot. People in this thread are already asking what they're going to fill / bulk out the schedule with.

Their rationale for bringing it back is that they have had huge hits online including Fleabag and Killing Eve. Don't they see the irony there?
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itvblocks
I actually would have understood it more if they had unintentionally shut BBC Three down at the same point in 2020. (February, before the first UK lockdown)

I'm not saying everybody expected a pandemic, but theoretically, if the Beeb had made that decision four years later, Three would have been a lot more better off than what it is now.
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noggin Founding member
Terrible decision in my view. The limited money they have to capture the young audience will now be spread thinly over a daily 11 hour time slot. People in this thread are already asking what they're going to fill / bulk out the schedule with.

Their rationale for bringing it back is that they have had huge hits online including Fleabag and Killing Eve. Don't they see the irony there?


ISTR that this announcement is also linked to a significant budget increase for programmes for this part of the audience, who have been significantly underserved by the BBC compared to ITV (ITV2 is a major draw)
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Gluben
I'm probably in the minority here, but I disagree with the decision, and in fact I think BBC4 should've gone too. I think the BBC should've focused on providing fewer, higher quality programming on the two channels (BBC1 and BBC2) it has had for half a century or so. Less is more.

I do see the potential in viewing new talent on BBC3, but I agree with an earlier post about getting the youth demographic to watch linear TV again seeming to be a backwards step.
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Steve Williams
Unlikely, I think the new BBC Three should be forward-looking rather than rehashing formats from a decade ago or more.


Well, indeed. When they announced they'd be showing schools programmes there were people everywhere suggesting they show Words and Pictures and Look and Read, and now this has been announced everyone's talking about Family Guy and Snog Marry Avoid. As you say, the new BBC3 will be about new programmes, especially as the old linear BBC3 is probably ancient history to much of its target audience.
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