1. What is BBC Three?
• BBC Three is a television channel and online platform operated by the
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). It was launched as a TV channel
in 2003, and in 2016, it became an online-only platform as part of the
BBC's cost-cutting measures. However, in 2021, it was announced that
BBC Three would return as a TV channel in early 2022, in addition to its
• BBC Three also airs content from other broadcasters, as well as acquired
shows from other countries.
• BBC Three's online platform is available on the BBC iPlayer, where
viewers can stream both original and acquired content. The channel also
has a strong social media presence, with a significant following on
platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
2. A Brief History of BBC Three
• BBC Three was launched on February 9, 2003, as a digital TV channel aimed
at young adults aged 16-34. Early on, it had smash hits such as ‘Little
Britain’ and ‘Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps’.
• In 2008, the vision changed for BBC Three, it began taking advantage of the
new ‘digital takeover’ and made it’s own website with a range of exclusive
content such as a web series, and shorter style videos.
• 5 years later, in 2013, BBC Three moved to being a digital only platform,
this was mainly to reduce costs and to continue targeting the younger
audiences who were now consuming more and more digital content.
• On February 1st 2022, BBC Three was relaunched, it was an £80M relaunch
as it had re-evolved from being a web only program to also being televised
in the UK.
3. What is BBC England Northern
• BBC England Northern Voices is an initiative to help diversify and help
their news coverage be more representative.
• The aim of the campaign is to help people from underrepresented
countries and to train them to become reporters and journalists.
• The goal is to ensure that the voices and stories of people from
diverse backgrounds in the north of England are heard and
represented in the media.
• The program is designed to be inclusive, welcoming individuals from a
range of backgrounds and experiences.
• It is mainly targeted towards younger and impressionable audiences.
4. What the BBC has done before
• BBC Three has made documentaries that are
designed to capture the audience’s attention.
This is shown in the title of the documentaries
which either have an attention grabbing
statement or a rhetorical question which makes
the audience think before even clicking on the
• Most of the topics they go over are very
controversial and will always stir up a
conversation with contrasting opinions.
5. What the BBC has done before
• This documentary contains interview segments with the talking
head shot used, the documentary start right at the beginning of
the documentary to lay down initial information and
• I will attempt to follow this structure that the BBC has set out,
so that my documentary fits in with the existing work that the
BBC has completed.
6. Documentary Styles
• Observational Documentary: This type of documentary observes the
subject matter in a natural way without any narration from the creator. It
usually focuses on people, places, or events and seeks to capture real-life
• Expository Documentary: This type of documentary uses a narrator or
presenter to provide context, information, and analysis. It typically includes
interviews, voiceovers, and on-screen text to help explain the subject
• Participatory Documentary: In this type of documentary, the filmmaker
becomes an active participant in the subject matter. They may appear on-
screen, engage in conversation with the subjects, or even become part of
the story themselves.
• Reflexive Documentary: This type of documentary is self-aware and often
makes fun of the process of making the film. It may include footage of the
crew, behind-the-scenes material, or interviews with the filmmaker.
7. Documentary Styles
• Poetic Documentary: This type of documentary uses elements to create a
mood or impression rather than simply presenting information. It often
includes thoughtful cinematography, music, to evoke an emotional
response from the audience.
• Investigative Documentary: This type of documentary investigates a
particular issue, often uncovering hidden truths. It typically includes
interviews with experts, witnesses, and people directly affected by the
• Biographical Documentary: This type of documentary focuses on the life
and achievements of a particular person, often a celebrity, It usually
includes interviews with family, friends, and colleagues of the subject.