BBC Storyville, in an effort to bring its documentaries to a broader TV audience, has plans to take new titles to BBC Three and BBC Four.
In addition to continuing to be the home for Storyville on linear TV, BBC Four will be scheduling more mini-seasons of films that are centered around common themes as well as landmark single-subject films. The first of the mini-seasons will be a trio of films focused on corruption. Storyville on BBC Three, which will be about appealing to young audiences and providing international stories, will launch with three films, including the Oscar-nominated Minding the Gap.
Further, Storyville has unveiled a new logo that will work for BBC Storyville documentaries on BBC Three and BBC Four.
Mandy Chang, commissioning editor for BBC Storyville, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to unveil our new look for BBC Storyville. After ten years, we felt it was time to modernize the look and feel of BBC Storyville so we are more in line with the contemporary, authoritative films we bring to our audience.
Chang added: “BBC Four continues to be a brilliant channel partner, broadcasting fearless films with the power to provoke, shock, surprise and engage us emotionally. They allow us to be a trusted partner for world-class filmmakers in bringing the globe’s best feature documentaries to life, not only for TV audiences but also to cinemas and world-class festivals. BBC Three is an opportunity to broaden the range of subjects and documentaries we are able to bring to the screen with authentic, relatable stories from beyond the U.K. to a younger and more diverse audience. The great thing is that we’re able to grow the BBC Storyville portfolio so lovers of feature docs have even more films to watch online, wherever they are.”
Fiona Campbell, controller for BBC Three, said: “Documentaries have been a key staple of the BBC Three schedule and we know our audience loves them. This collaboration with Storyville provides a fantastic opportunity to broaden our documentary offering and bring some of the best films from around the globe to BBC Three. It’s another string to our bow and these first three films offer a glimpse of what is to come: world-class filmmaking and incredibly powerful, moving stories.”
Cassian Harrison, channel editor for BBC Four, added: “Storyville continues to go from strength to strength, nurturing and supporting the best international filmmakers with unmatched commitment to our talent, which shows in our upcoming slate of incisive, passionate and utterly singular films.”