BBC launches new range of iPlayer-exclusive programming

DetailsEditor | 24 January 2015

With BBC Three’s expected demise soon to come, online is more important than ever for the UK state broadcaster and the BBC has revealed a new range of iPlayer-first programming for 2015.

These are heady times for the service with the BBC announcing only days ago that its video-on-demand (VOD) and catch-up service saw 3.5 billion TV and radio programme requests in 2014 – up from 3.1 billion in 2013, with over 2.6 billion requests for TV services.

And after beginning an experiment with Player-first content in September 2013, the BBC is extending the development which said Victoria Jaye, head of TV content for BBC iPlayer, presents a huge creative opportunity to push the boundaries of storytelling and engage audiences in new ways. “Our exclusive content for 2015 demonstrates how established and emerging British artists, along with cultural organisations, are seizing this opportunity to create bold, original new work. This is a glimpse of iPlayer’s next wave of innovation.”

January 2015 will see the launch of one of iPlayer’s most significant commissions to date - Bitter Lake - written and directed by acclaimed journalist Adam Curtis exploring what really happened in Afghanistan and its legacy, by drawing on the unedited rushes of almost everything the BBC has ever shot in Afghanistan.

On Friday 13 February, nine original comedy shorts will go live on BBC iPlayer to mark Valentine’s Day while artist and style icon Tinie Tempah will host his iPlayer exclusive Private View of Alexander McQueen’s forthcoming exhibition ‘Savage Beauty’ – a collaboration with the V&A. Abbey Clancy will return to the iPlayer, taking an in-depth look at London Fashion week 2015 – a collaboration with the British Fashion Council.