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Meet the UK Factual Commissioner: Charlotte Moore, Commissioning Editor, Docs and Features, BBC

Charlotte Moore, Commissioning Editor, Docs and Features at the BBC recently outlined her commissioning needs to attendees of the Broadcast Factual Forum (March 2010). Charlotte oversees the commissioning of docs on BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4.

Charlottes's overview of documentaries and features on BBC1:
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  • BBC1 is aimed at a broad mainstream audience
Programmes that work on BBC1:
  • Films that really matter, such as Wounded – a 90′ documentary at 9pm (it was split in to two parts to accommodate the news at 10pm);
  • Provocative, edgy, informative docs on issues that matter to the nation eg. The Day the Immigrants Left, which got 5.4m viewers.
 Looking For:
  • Documentaries for 10.35pm – she has 30 slots a year to fill;
  • Docs that have impact and will get ‘pick of the day’.
Charlottes's overview of documentaries and features on BBC2:
  • Charlotte quoted BBC2’s controller, Janice Hadlow, who described BBC2 as being “about making the good popular and about making popular good”.
Programmes that work on BBC2: 
  • Lambing Live – exciting and feels fresh and original, which is bringing in a growing audience. The narrative, which tells the story of British sheep farming, is stripped across five days and is really engaging the audience online.
  • An upcoming series on Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital shows medical staff tackling tough moral dilemmas of the modern world – it’s challenging material.
  • Also coming up a series on Lagos, Nigeria – the story of the fastest growing city in the world from its citizens’ point of view.
Looking For:
  • Two or three big event ideas.
Charlotte's view on BBC3

Charlotte works alongside Harry Lansdown and Sam Anstiss, who commission docs for BBC3.

  • Documentaries are very important to BBC3 – they want people in their teens and twenties to engage with documentaries.
  • The channel likes to tackle difficult subjects in an accessible way, such as Underage and Pregnant and Blood, Sweat and Takeaways.
  • Fresh is a new strand that commissions six documentaries a year and is a place where assistant producers can make their first hour-long doc. Sam Anstiss is the first point of contact.
  • They are looking at doing a ‘mixed race’ season.
Charlottes's overview of documentaries and features on BBC4:
  • BBC4 is the main place for international stories.

Source: Broadcast Factual Forum 10th March, 2010

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