Contact: Craig HunterRegion: All UK

Title: Commissioning Editor, Science & Factual, Scotland
Genre: Science, Natural History, Factual
Region: All UK

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The BBC is the world's leading public service broadcaster with a channel portfolio that  provides entertainment, news, drama, factual, current affairs, comedy, children’s and arts coverage across BBC One, BBC, Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC and CBeebies. 

Programme Interests

Craig Hunter takes the lead on science commissioning at the BBC, which sits within the wider specialist factual commissioning team. Tom McDonald is the Head of Specialist Factual and Natural History Commissioning. All proposals for science should be submitted via BBC Pitch to the relevant commissioners as listed below.

Visit the Pitching for TV page for further information about pitching including top tips from BBC commissioners and training from the BBC Academy.

Looking For

BBC 1:

Current commissioning needs


Background information

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On BBC One we need to offer a rich combination of popular science along with programmes dealing with the most pressing issues of our time. We’re especially proud of The Truth About Dementia, which took a really difficult subject and found a way of drawing a big, broad audience. The approach can be personal or expert driven but always has to have new journalism and cutting edge science at its heart.

We now have a strong roster of returning brands and strands in the popular science space, especially health and consumer science. Successful examples include The Truth About… strand, Supermarket Secrets and How to Stay Young. Our big challenge now is therefore re-inventing landmark science for BBC One. Forces of Nature with Brian Cox and Earth’s Natural Wonders: Living On the Edge both, in different ways, landed deep science content through the wonders of the natural world. How else do we lever the awe and wonder of what is typically natural history’s territory and inject it with surprising, revelatory science content?  What are the other approaches to landmark science which could ring the changes? We are always asking for experiments with the scale of The Young Ones (now six years old!) or What's the Right Diet For You? and just don’t get pitched these kinds of ideas enough. 

We crave popular factual meets science ideas which have emotion and transformation at their heart - we have enough health content but where are the other territories where there’s the opportunity for real emotional change? Sixteen years ago Child Of Our Time was an ambitious, bold idea which today continues to play an important part of the science story - where are the ideas as bold as Child of Our Time now? Which science territories could benefit from a longitudinal approach?

Is there a science approach to medical or crime which could offer a fresh specialist factual take on a documentary precinct? 

How do we continue to find clever ways of combining science and history in the way we did with Pompeii a few years back, and Tutankhamun more recently.

Is there incredible access to an ongoing science investigation (a la Attenborough an the Giant Dinosaur) which has enough scale and broad, popular interest for BBC One?

What does an interactive science show look like? How can we lever new technology to make science more approachable? What does live science look like on BBC One - what’s the science equivalent of Big Blue Live? I would have loved Guy Martin’s Wall of Death - spectacle and engineering in one gripping package. Don’t be afraid to pitch ideas which feel risky or not typically BBC One.

BBC 2: 

Current commissioning needs


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