Contact: Kalpna Patel-KnightRegion: All UK

Title: Commissioning Editor
Genre: Entertainment
Region: All UK

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Programme Interests

Looking For

Saturday night: Peak

Think big in terms of scale and think carefully about talent (both on and off-screen), delivery and execution. The heart of the show needs to be more than a clever device.

Please think about whether your idea:

BBC One on Saturday night ‘Brings The Nation Together’. Ultimately Saturday nights should make the audience feel like joining in. That doesn’t necessarily mean shows need to be interactive – for example  in terms of apps and live voting - but the Saturday night show needs to make people have a reaction.

Shows need warmth in their storytelling and put stories and people that the audiences can relate and react to centre stage. They can be loveable or infuriating but ultimately the viewers want to spend their Saturday with them. Our audiences love the personal growth and the journey people go on in these shows, and those making the journey should have earned the right to be there.

Humour is key to Saturday night entertainment. We want our audiences to laugh out loud and laugh together. And we want them to laugh along with the people on screen enjoying themselves.

Scale doesn’t necessarily mean physical scale or the monetary scale of a prize - it’s about why our audience would care or come back to this not just week on week but year after year. Who wins the glitter ball trophy in Strictly is a source of national debate.

Performance has traditionally worked well but please think about how the format can take it into a new space. Is there an aspect of the judging that feels new but that has the familiarity we know audiences want? We’re happy to look beyond performance but still need the values and elements that are enjoyed in our current performance hits on Saturday night.

Talent is a central premise for Saturday nights. Please think about the people a show can be built around. Are there clever combinations of talent that help deliver the broadest audience? Audiences love to see icons they know they can trust, who speak about a subject with authority and have a cross generational appeal. They need to have a very clear role in the show, whether as host or judge. Think outside of the box in terms of presenters and think about new talent. Are there people who are well known for one thing, for example as a performer, star of a drama or a musician but could also play a central role on Saturday nights?


Saturday night: Early peak

We don’t want to over-prescribe but are looking for a format full of innovative moments commanding a reaction that draws people in and makes them stay.

Early peak is a busy time in the house so rapid-fire content works well here, but it needs to be wrapped up in a clear narrative and live in a clear and distinctive world. As we’re catering to a family audience ideas need breadth and must offer something for everyone. Visually it should feel like the easy start to the big night in –with guaranteed laughs, distinctive visuals and clear intention with multiple entry points.

Pitching to BBC


BBC Pitch is the tool by which UK based television production companies and BBC in-house production teams can submit content proposals for BBC network television.

Eligible companies must register for a BBC Pitch account before submitting a proposal and must read and accept the BBC Pitch terms and conditions. Please see the Eligibility criteria section for further information.  


Please note, individuals not affiliated with an independent production company cannot register to use BBC Pitch, please see the Ideas from the public page instead.

Those wishing to submit ideas for BBC Radio should visit the separate Radio section of the site and please see the Online section to find out how to submit digital and technology ideas. 


BBC Pitch is part of BBC Television’s commitment to improve the commissioning process, enabling BBC commissioners to consider programme ideas more efficiently. It is designed to simplify the process of managing and tracking proposals and allows the BBC to monitor whether it is correctly operating within the Code of practice.


The system does not replace any of the creative conversations with BBC commissioning teams, it is simply a way to manage ideas better. BBC Television receives up to 10,000 proposals a year and time with commissioners is limited so meetings will always be based upon the merit of the proposal submitted through BBC Pitch.

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