- What to Watch
In February 2019, it will be the third anniversary of the BBC turning off BBC Three, its channel aimed at a younger audience compared to its normal target demographic.
Losing its TV presence hasn't slowed BBC Three down though, as it's still producing high quality programming, and showing it off on its own website and on BBC iPlayer. We've got some of the online only channel's best content below, to see if you too can be tempted to turn off the small screen and pick up a laptop or tablet.
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Thrillers don’t get much more thrilly than this. When a diplomat is assassinated, MI5 agent Eve has to track down the killer. Imagine the twistiest, turniest thing imaginable and then give it a few more twists. Killing Eve is even twistier than that. It’s glorious.
Mim Shaikh: Finding Dad
This deeply personal film follows 1Xtra presenter, DJ and performer Sheikh as he tries to discover what happened to his father, who he hasn’t seen since he was just six months old. He delves into his family history to discover who his dad was, why his mum chose to leave him and where he might be today. Honest, complicated and eschewing Disneyfied emotions, it’s a powerful film and a great example of the kind of thing BBC 3 does so well.
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If you want Stacey Dooley, BBC Three is the channel for you. She investigates people shot by their neighbours! She investigates second chance sex offenders! She investigates sex in strange places, such as Turkey (Turkey the place, not turkey the fowl)! If there’s something out there that needs investigated, you can count on Dooley to investigate the ever loving stuff out of it. Don’t let the breezy girl next door persona fool you, though: it enables her to disarm her interviewees, gaining confidences other interviewers might not. She’s one of the Beeb’s most-watched presenters and is well on her way to national treasure status.
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Luisa Omielan’s Politics For Bitches
Proof that current affairs for Da Yoof needn’t be patronising, overly simplified or use phrases such as “Da Yoof”, Luisa Omielan’s mix of documentary and standup is a very compelling way of analysing the state of the nation. Episodes include public spending, gender equality and why so many young people can’t – or don’t want to – get on the housing ladder.
Credit: Two Brothers PicturesThere are some real gems among BBC Three’s selection of box sets including Cuckoo, in which Greg James plays an increasingly exasperated parent; Uncle, in which an ageing man-child and failed rock star finds himself in charge of a nerdy nephew; and the wonderful Fleabag, which, if you haven’t seen it, you should probably just stay off work and binge it until you’ve seen every last awkwardly brilliant frame of it.
Credit: Rollem ProductionsBBC Three has a freedom its terrestrial siblings don’t, and that enables it to go deep on specific subjects. Its current thread on mental health is particularly good, encompassing not just hard-hitting documentaries such as George Shelley: Learning to Grieve, or MisFITS Like Us, a series helping people tackle their anxieties about their bodies and behaviours; but also dramas, such as the compelling Overshadowed.