Suppliers based in Scotland have been extended an invitation to propose ideas for the next large-scale, ambitious, and premium factual entertainment and history series. This initiative is in line with the BBC’s commitment to enhance representation across its services and deliver high-impact quality programming to audiences throughout the UK.

During a briefing held in Glasgow, BBC Scotland, network commissioners, and Screen Scotland outlined their plans to jointly finance the development and production of either recurring or one-time series rooted in Scotland. These series will feature a narrative and creative approach that resonates with network audiences. They are specifically seeking titles that can capture attention with originality and timeliness, and can be featured on peak time slots on BBC One or Two, while also finding a large audience on iPlayer.

Speaking at the event Louise Thornton, Head of Commissioning for BBC Scotland says: “Our co-commission strategy with network colleagues and our partnership with Screen Scotland allows us to bring this exciting opportunity to Scotland-based suppliers. We have a strong track record reflecting Scotland through powerful and innovative storytelling across all genres so we know the talent is here to bring the next evolution in factual entertainment and history programming to life. We are committed to continuing our drive to invest in ambitious, quality content for audiences not just in Scotland but across the UK and the world and we are excited to see what ideas come in to us.”

Catherine Catton; Head of Commissioning Factual Entertainment says: “I am delighted we are working with BBC Scotland and Screen Scotland on this initiative to find the next funny factual entertainment format. It’s a great opportunity to tap into all the talent and creativity in Scotland and I can’t wait to see the ideas put forward.”

Jack Bootle; Head of Commissioning Specialist Factual adds: “I’m looking forward to collaborating with BBC Scotland and Screen Scotland on this initiative. It’s a really exciting way to create content that I know will captivate audiences across the UK.”

Speaking about the initiative; Dani Carlaw, Head of Unscripted, Screen Scotland says: “The opportunity for Scotland to deliver dynamic, creative content in Factual Entertainment and History is one that Screen Scotland is dedicated to championing through these initiatives. I look forward to seeing our strong Scotland-based suppliers rise to this timely challenge to captivate audiences far and wide, and enhance business and market growth for our screen sector.”

Suppliers who apply will be chosen and provided with funding to develop their ideas, with final decisions on commissions being made for each genre.

This announcement is part of the BBC’s “Across the UK” strategy, aiming to get closer to audiences in order to better reflect, represent, and serve all regions of the UK.