The Factual Development Scheme invited independent production companies from the local area to submit ideas that reflect the life experiences of 16-24 year-olds in the region with the promise of a commission at the end of the development process. Due to the quality of the ideas presented, three were commissioned including Bricking It (w/t) from York-based indie Button Down, No More: Bad Girl (w/t) from Leeds indie ClockWork and Nail Bar Boys (w/t) from Liverpool indie LA Factual
Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three, says: “These three original commissions are exactly why it is so important for us to collaborate with BBC England and the nation’s teams. We were blown away by the ideas presented to us and we’re proud that BBC Three can be the platform to tell these stories and showcase new voices.”
Aisling O’Connor, Head of TV Commissioning for England, comments: “BBC England has worked closely with BBC Three in the search for Northern voices and we are proud to partner up with them to create diverse content that will appeal to larger audiences across the North and the rest of UK. These three commissions are the next step in an exciting journey with BBC Three to explore untold stories and get to the heart of local communities.”
The commissions are the result of BBC Three’s previously announced commitment to running at least one creative partnership in each nation or region as part of the BBC Content’s package of activity to support the sector outside London during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
BBC England’s ongoing ambition is to uncover original, untold stories, find exciting new voices and talent, and to work with independent production companies outside of London.