BBC Three

Line-up announced for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World

Pangina Heals, Jujubee, Jimbo, Cheryl Hole, Blu Hydrangea, Baga Chipz, Mo Heart, Janey Jacke, Lemon (credit: BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy)

With the UK as the host nation, the series will see queens from different Drag Race franchises compete in an international arena, showcasing their country’s finest drag with the hopes of becoming Queen of the World. The queens will need to impress RuPaul and the judges, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr, Graham Norton and a host of celebrity guest judges, including Clara Amfo, Daisy May Cooper and Jade Thirlwall.

BBC Three to launch as a broadcast channel in February

Bimini Bon Boulash on Ru Paul's Drag Race UK (credit: BBC)

The channel will be available to watch on Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat, broadcasting from 7pm every night. The channel can also be watched live on the BBC Three channel page on iPlayer (TV, mobile, and web) with live re-start available.

With a broad content mix of drama, comedy, entertainment, documentaries, news and sport, audiences can expect the returning channel to provide a rich multi-genre offering.

BBC Three: Back at home on linear-TV

In two months’ time, almost six years to the day that BBC Three became a solely internet network in order to save money, the service is returning as a linear channel. Arguably, it’s not a moment too soon. For, along with every other traditional broadcaster, the BBC is grappling with how to attract younger audiences and compete effectively with the streamers.  

Comfort Classic: Gavin & Stacey

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When a new BBC Three comedy made its low-key debut in the spring of 2007, no one imagined that Gavin & Stacey would go on to become the comedic equivalent of a national treasure. 

Despite its two writers’ utter lack of experience as screenwriters – James Corden and Ruth Jones had met as actors on Kay Mellor’s slimming club drama for ITV, Fat Friends – it soon became clear that here was a startlingly original show blessed by a group of fully realised characters, a script crackling with wit and an unusually brilliant cast. 

Good design wins viewers, says Pascual Diaz

Talking to students at Belfast Metropolitan College, Diaz said: “Because we live in a very visual world, design has a key [role] in delivering our content... [and] attracting the attention of our audience.

We can also communicate our content through social media... in a visual way.”

Diaz, a native of Spain, has worked in the UK for the past decade. Good design, he said, should be “integrated in the content.... If nobody notices the design, it’s a good thing.”

Zara McDermott to present new dating series Love In The Flesh

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Presented by Zara McDermott, the eight-part series will follow real life potential couples who have already matched through dating apps or social media but are yet to meet face to face.

The potential couples are taken away from their screens and the pressures of daily life to see if they can find love in the flesh.

Some of the couples have been talking for weeks, some years, but they have only interacted through apps, stories and DMs.

Personal reasons and factors such as location have prevented these wannabe couples from meeting in person.

Comfort Classic: The Young Ones

Few TV shows are held responsible for blowing apart the genre they belong to, but that was the legacy of The Young Ones. The incendiary BBC Two sitcom redefined the parameters of comedy by making an embarrassment out of elements of the genteel English suburban sitcom, exemplified by The Good Life and Ever Decreasing Circles.

From now on, thanks to The Young Ones, sitcom could sit squarely at the heart of youth culture, while those tuxedoed comics who had built their routines on jokes about mothers-in-law found themselves beyond the pale.

BBC Three announces the new MCs taking part in The Rap Game UK

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Rap icons Krept & Konan and DJ Target are once again on the hunt for the next big MC to win a £20k cash prize and boost their music career.

For the first time, the series will be filmed in Manchester as the MCs battle it out in various challenges to prove they can make a splash in the industry. 

BBC Three and BBC Northern Ireland announce new series Stitch, Please! With Blu Hydrangea

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Hosted by Northern Irish drag queen Blu Hydrangea, who competed in the first series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, the series will follow two contributors each week competing to create a different outfit inspired by iconic designs from the worlds of fashion, film, television and cosplay.