BBC Studios Launches Digital-First Comedy Channel


BBC Studios has launched Funny Parts, a new digital comedy channel, with three brand-new shows.

Funny Parts is focused on new short-form comedy and entertainment content, which it presents alongside moments from BBC Studios’ comedy catalog, including This Country, Famalam and The Young Offenders. The new shows that launched with the channel are Hack Attack, Little Rants and Sound Off. Episodes will drop daily.

Hack Attack is a ten-part game show in which celebrity guests have the answers questions set by a mysterious Hacker or risk having their secrets released from their personal devices. The celebrities taking part are Donna Preston, Pete Wicks, Tia Kofi, Lawrence Chaney, Scheiffer Bates, Mary O’Connell, Poppy Jay, Snoochie Shy, Helen Bauer and Ali Woods.

In Little Rants, ten celebrities get something off their chest that’s really been bugging them, whether that’s reaching the age where it’s no longer acceptable to wear Disney princess dresses or the madness of delivery services. Participants are Snoochie Shy, Scheiffer Bates, Poppy Jay, Helen Bauer, Pete Wicks, Ali Woods, Lawrence Chaney, Mary O’Connell, Tia Kofi and Donna Preston.

Sound Off, meanwhile, celebrates the stars of silent comedy. Bash the Entertainer and Elf Lyons try to outdo each other and make the other laugh without making a sound. Comedian Tadiwa Mahlunga oversees the competition and provides commentary.

Athena Witter, VP of programming at BBC Studios Digital Consumer Engagement, said: “Funny Parts offers both a home for our new digital-first comedy and entertainment content and also allows us to tap into a fantastic wealth of recent comedy content made for Gen-Z audiences. These three new commissions are a great example of our approach to developing, testing and delivering new shows direct to audiences.”

Chris Allen, head of development at BBC Studios Digital Consumer Engagement, added: “This is an opportunity for us to showcase new talent and rising stars, to encourage innovation and is really what our digital-first strategy is all about. We can’t wait to share these funny and fresh new shows and to keep dropping new content that brings people back to the channel.”