BBC Three announces The Idris Takeover

BBC Three announces The Idris Takeover

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Wednesday, 15th March 2017
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Idris Elba will create and curate a unique season of content for BBC Three.

The week of content will be a mixture of comedy, drama, music and documentary, featuring some of the best new and emerging talent in the industry.

The season will tackle issues and topics that affect young audiences, telling modern and diverse stories of young British people. 

“There's a part of me in every aspect of this season; comedy, drama, documentary, sport all made by a truly diverse team both on and off screen," said Idris Elba.

The collaboration will be shown across BBC Three’s iPlayer channel, YouTube channel and BBC Three’s website and will be produced by Green Door Pictures.

BBC Three's controller, Damian Kavanagh, commented, “Idris is passionate about giving opportunities to new and exciting talent, as is BBC Three.

"As well as being able to provide a platform to those on and off screen, we’re passionate about telling stories for young people, made by young people. The Idris Takeover is a unique collaboration which I know our audience will enjoy.”

Ana Garanito, Head of Scripted added that the "BBC Three curation is such a unique and exciting opportunity for Green Door Pictures to showcase new and emerging talent as well as tell engaging and sometimes untold stories.

"This is at the heart of the Green Door DNA which are a shared set of values with BBC Three, so we are beyond excited to be building this curation with them.”

The week long season showcasing young and diverse talent will be available from Monday 27th March. 


Romesh: Comedians In Pubs Talking Comedy

RTS award nominee Romesh Ranganathan is joined by a host of British comedians in amusing and relatable 'pub talk', including Jack Dee, Sharon Horgan, Russell Howard, Jayde Adams, Humza Arshad and Tim Renkow.

The six comedy shorts will see the comedians divulge their earliest and funniest memories working in comedy in a series of frank and engaging one to one conversations, from tough crowds to facing their fears.


Five By Five

Five By Five is a series of standalone short films from new emerging writers, showcasing new talent with established stars such as Idris Elba on screen.

The series will explore chance encounters that question identity and change perception of people in a London setting.


Moses: Strong Man

Moses: Strong Man follows Nigerian born Moses Adeyemi, who was raised by his aunt and became embroiled in a world of crime at the age of 16.

After a stint in jail, he turned his life around to become a personal trainer, drawing on his own experience to help people cope with life trauma through mental and physical training.

The film follows him as he trains Emmanuel, a young man working through his issues and striving for a better life.

Amazing Humans

The Amazing Humans series explores three inspirational stories.

Wheelchair Boxing

Marcus Perrineau-Daley, who became a paraplegic after a split second, life-altering decision, is a boxer and weightlifter who trains others with disabilities and is campaigning to get para-boxing in the Olympics by 2020.

Lady Line Backer

Zoe Johnson’s self-confidence had been tarnished after years of eating disorders and an abusive relationship, yet as the only woman on an all-male American Football team she has regained her confidence.

From Child Soldier To Jockey

After Abdul Kareem Musa Adama's family were killed and the family farm destroyed in an attack, rebels tried to force him to become a child soldier. Years later, his childhood love of riding horses on his family farm is helping him take back control of his life as he learns how to become a professional jockey.


Music Video

Jamal Edwards has worked as a music mogul and entrepreneur on a new track and video with new and emerging MC’s and artists from across the UK.

The music video, produced by up-and-coming producer Komenz, will see C-Cane, Shogun, Truemendous, Berna, Eaton, Alika and Olivia Louise work together on a collaborative track with the theme 'inspire'.

Shogun Documentary

The documentary follows Joe Heron AKA Shogun, a 19 year old MC from Paisley, Scotland, who has racked up 1.75 million YouTube hits for his brand new track and led him to support acts such as Bugzy Malone and Pharaoh Monch.


Working Class Barrister

Leila Taleb, an aspiring Barrister from Bradford, is a 25 year old working class woman from an underprivileged background who is fighting to enter one of the most traditional and exclusive law professions. 

The documentary follows her attempt to win one of the few scholarships available.


Mollie Mills, who has gained a fan base following her films exploring youth subcultures with a truly mesmerising visual style, directs this open and honest documentary that follows five groups of 17 year olds in Scarborough.

The documentary depicts the realities facing British teenagers aspiring to achieve their dreams, from a young male dancer desperate to swap his council estate for a cruise ship as a performer, to young teens discussing the lack of opportunities available to them and the prejudices they face in Britain.

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Idris Elba will create and curate a unique season of content for BBC Three.