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BBC Three: which programmes are heading for pastures new?

As BBC Three's move to an online-only service moves closer, full details of what happens to BBC Three's current shows is now becoming clearer:

Just this week, the BBC finally confirmed BBC Three's Eurovision coverage will move to BBC Four. But what of the other shows that had their home on BBC Three?

American Dad
New episodes to appear on ITV2.  (Free-to-air SD only - HD Pay TV)
Also to be available on ITV's online service ITV Hub.

Since proposing the closure of BBC Three TV, the number of events covered by the BBC during the past year has been cut compared to 2013/14. Remaining coverage on BBC One/BBC Two. Eurosport Pay TV has comprehensive coverage.

Backchat with Jack Whitehall and His Dad
Now a BBC Two programme. Free-to-air.

Doctor Who repeats
BBC iPlayer.
Originally repeated on Sundays, 24 hours after being shown on BBC One, the repeats moved to Fridays on BBC Three. Pending any announcements to the contrary, the linear TV repeat is cancelled (not including any repeats as part of the overnight Sign Zone, with in-vision signing.)

Don't Tell The Bride Pay TV
New episodes to be shown on Sky 1.
Older episodes currently showing on YourTV. (Free-to-air)

EastEnders same day repeats Pay TV
To be shown on new channel "W" (replaces Watch)

Eurovision Semi-Finals
To be shown on BBC Four.

Now a BBC Two programme.

Family Guy
New episodes to appear on ITV2. (Free-to-air SD only - HD Pay TV)
Also via ITV's new online service ITV Hub.

BBC Two and BBC Red Button/Red Button+.
Despite being the home of the main coverage for over a decade, last year's BBC Press Release announcing Glastonbury coverage downplayed BBC Three's involvement in the coverage, with a greater emphasis on BBC Two, an indicator of things to come.

Radio 1's Big Weekend
No official announcement yet. Based on what's happened to the likes of Reading and Leeds, you may find coverage on BBC Red Button/Red Button+

Reading and Leeds Festival
Coverage was last year shunted to BBC Red Button and BBC iPlayer ahead of the formal go-ahead of the closure of BBC Three TV, giving an indication of how coverage of the event may continue on the BBC.

Reggie Yates docs
Currently being shown on BBC One.

Russell Howard's Good News
Now a BBC Two programme.

Stacey Dooley docs
Currently being shown on BBC One.

T in the Park
No official announcement yet. Based on what's happened to the likes of Reading and Leeds, you may find coverage on BBC Red Button/Red Button+

The Call Centre
A spin-off of the show featuring Nev and an Indian call centre - appropriately titled Nev's Indian Call Centre will be shown on channel "W" (replaces Watch). Pay TV

The Voice repeats
From next year, The Voice switches to ITV.

Women's Football
BBC Two/BBC Red Button. Some coverage on BBC One.
In 2013, BBC Three was hailed as the home of Women's Football. In 2015, the BBC's Women's Football Show resurfaced on BBC Two and the BBC Red Button service.

Shows including Live at the Apollo and Top Gear, shown so often on BBC Three of late are actually BBC Two shows (Live at the Apollo was once a BBC One commissioned show.)

Remaining BBC Three shows
Remaining current BBC Three shows, including the second series of comedy Josh, will be given timeslots on BBC One and BBC Two, as ordered by the BBC Trust. In total, there's likely to be up to 2 hours a week of BBC Three shows broadcast in this manner. On top of these regular type of shows (called long-form programmes by the BBC), there'll be more short You-Tube style programmes (called short-form programmes) and experimental formats, that look set to be online only.


  1. Next Tony Hall will be announcing cut backs in BBC3 Online commitments, farcical as ever with BBC Management.

  2. Why didn’t BBC just close the "RED BUTTON" feed as it seems to be running all day now - then all this fuss could have been averted and we would still have an HD channel!!!