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      03.05.2014 12:17
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      Hand me the axe!

      Yes it was right to get rid of BBC3, BBC4 sure to follow. There has never been the need for four BBC TV channels and enough original content only ever produced to support two channels, repeats galore on all of the four stations. BBC4 is what BBC2 used to be and BBC1 dumbed down to what I thought BBC3 was going to be. The ONE show is embarrassing and aimed at people with an IQ of a chimp, ?Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps', not much better. BBC3 is the enclosure for those chimps. Him & Her, Nighty Night are the only shows I have ever really noticed on BBC3 .It has to go online to die.

      The surreptitious call is for the BBC to go to a subscription service. If it does then that would be the end of the BBC as we know it. Sky get 15% of the national viewing audience any one night and mainly because it has the best sport, but that 15% top end for ANY subscription service around the world. If we have the option to pay for telly we generally don't. If the BBC went subscription it would struggle to get half that 15% and Sky and ITV would be the new kings. Once the government takes away the threat of jail for non payment of the license fee the model will simply collapse. That's what the Tories want. All the signs are pointing to a much smaller BBC in the future. Freeview has plenty to offer and the independent TV program makers that make most of the BBC content could simply sell their stuff elsewhere, paid for by TV Commercials. It would be absorbed. Internet/Cable TV is the future because it's where most advertising revenue is heading. The BBC know the games up.

      TVs dirty secret is most people who watch the terrestrial goggle-box are old and over 50 and so I totally get why we have a designated BBC youth channel, BBC3. But a 700,000 audience share suggests it's just another background distraction for those young people playing Call of Duty 4 or chatting up pretty girls on webcams, E4 their new home now. Its only American shows and Eastenders repeats that have kept the BBC3 numbers that high. BBC3 is simply indulgent and needs to be absorbed into the other 3 channels. The BBC repeats the mantra that young people are online most of the time so the best place for BBC3, but, again, they are playing online games and looking at porn and so can live without Russell Howard and Richard Bacon. The BBC has been asked to make massive savings and dumping BBC3 online is the quickest option. Sticking it online is the easiest way to kill it off as they know the viewing figures will collapse and so the justification they need not to have it. It will be the same for BBC4, which although more erudite still earns barely 600,000 viewers. I still say the best BBC TV content can still be squeezed onto BBC1 & 2. Mum and dad get Mary Berry, the kids get ?Snog, Marry, Avoid!

      The real problem with BBC3 is it's used as testing ground for new programs. A lot of them are not very good and aimed more at Channel 4&5 viewers. I get why young girls want to watch cruel cat -call makeover shows like ?Hotter than my Daughter ?but surely that's catered for on Channel 4? ?Being Human' appealed to the same female demographic and current hit ?Bad Education' making posh boy Jack Whitehall a very big star but those hits are few and far between. Again, the BBC has become too self-indulgent and pompous on what they think we should watch and the Treasury simply doesn't have the budget for that extravagance any more. Put simply, we are closing A&E departments to keep funding BBC grandiose and paying Paxman a million quid a year to sneer the news to you.
      The BBC, of course, has a remit to show alternative programming but people don't want to watch an Asian Mela celebration from Leicester or the history of croquet and so it's dumped on the lesser BBC channels to undermine them. I was really enjoying the Welsh Open snooker on 301 and then at 4 frames all they flipped over to a repeat of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards?? They did this simply to hit quota targets.

      Gavin & Stacey and Little Britain are some of BBC3 biggest success and divide opinion but they would have made it big on BBC1 & 2 anyway as that's where we were expecting them to be, right? There are, however, no plans for another series of Anthea Turner: The Perfect Housewife and Danny Dyer: I believe in UFOs, neither of which are fact. F*** Off! I'm A Hairy Woman! was the worse of the lot where Shazia Mira grew her body hair for six months to ?convince the rest of the world ?to love it to', but ending up looking like Monty Panesar!.

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      29.03.2014 19:56
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      BBC 3 to be axed. Do you agree?

      BBC 3 to be axed. Do you agree?

      87% of us are against the axe.
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      To dissolve a national institution of media powers will only lead to greater tyrannies and totalitarianism. The world?s last media giant is the BBC, with along all its faults and recent mires it unequivocally continues to be a world service, doing far more than just titillating individualisms viewing fancies, but the establishment is worldly renown for the ?eye in the storm? reports / minute by minute commentaries. Furthermore, the BBC reputation overrides other national stations by which have caved in due to dire funding practices. Yes, the BBC rules the broadcasting waves in all developed states. Now, isn?t that worth the license fee alone?

      Sympathy has to be given when a media man of the youthful charm of Danny Cohen (Controller of Channels) sullenly claims the demise of a much loved TV channel ?BBC Three? had to be brought sooner into the fore for cost saving measures; sources state 50 million pounds, exclamation mark. Our democratically elected governance has felt it right to starve a leading light in world broadcasting of revenue, meanwhile we continue to send humanitarian aid to China, notably no logical nuance plays apart when it comes to political foreign policy. Although it can be successively argued the best product that has ever come out of Britain has been the BBC, its balanced mantra sits at the helm of every developed state?s consciousness.

      The ailing viewing figures of BBC Three are the result of the success of non-live-streaming data from online - whereby non TV license-holders view content for free. Paid for by those who?re loyal to the BBC impartial ethos ? sadly, these are a dying breed ? hence, why receipts are down and along with the nefarious governance media cuts, creativity is now very thinly spread across the show production platform. Broadcasting material on the BBC Three platform is filtering out over the next year (2015) alas, it isn?t the end of the ?actual? channel as it will be integrated into the new iPlayer programming ? a pity for our conventional viewers who watch TV as a family unit ?Gogglebox' style - albeit, on a tablet the BBC Three will have been rejuvenated into a pristine jewel of an app icon, you?re expected to click on to ?3i? or ?Three iPlayer? whereby you?ll be able to seek out the best of Russell Howard?s ?Good News? or watch James Cordon in an uncouth tracksuit. The market is endless especially if Cohen affiliates with ?YouTube? in a bid to seek out emerging talent. Inadvertently, BBC Three isn?t necessarily a lost cause or will be left on a forgotten pile in a dark corner of a warehouse where obsolete channels reside having croaked their last broadcast. BBC Three is too iconic for it to be bronzed into BBC folklore, well not yet anyhow.

      I don?t accept that a loss of a channel would resolve fiscal irks ? on the contrary it actually costs more to infiltrate or re-brand an already recognizable icon into a different format, whether it has to be interactive or i-media orientated. All forms of re-branding is a lucrative expense, however you observe the bigger picture, at present Cohen ambiguity says a lot about BBC Three?s future, it fills me with trepidation when I think beyond 2018, especially if the next administration systematically follows this austere formula we?re currently endorsing. Generic subscriptions of the style of 'Sky' would alienate a generation although, I agree those who?re unrelentingly creaming off the ?not live? iPlayer format predominantly for more than six hours a week have to be tied into a subscription agreement, just to cover technical data buffering fees and bandwidth costs. I?ve lobbied for something similar, to protect the loyal BBC license-holder from paying extra costs to cover the shortfall of lost BBC revenues from the BBC Three demographics that?ve never forked out for a home license. Systematically sticking up a Jack Whitehall ?Bad Education? finger up at establishmentarianism; smugly claiming they?ve duped the license enforcers, this is a myopic approach that spells out ?Bad Education.' ?If all of us did as those license shy app users do, they?ll be clicking on to their BBC apps and wondering why no news would appear, within five minutes BBC Three demographics will be hand stretched waving in large circular motions while walking in their cul de sacs seeking BBC connectivity; marking the end of freebie transmission."

      The more the funding is starved, the lesser an impetus the BBC will have on protecting human rights / reporting tyrannies, coups, and injustices such as ethnic cleansing to corporate corruption - only the BBC can hold the rich and powerful accountable to their misdemeanors, and determine share price rise and falls. Regardless how frivolous you believe it is in losing a BBC TV channel ? it is that bit closer to a non transparent world when a BBC channel bites the dust due to lack of funding; make no qualms about the reality, the current Crimea debacle would?ve sparked off a cold war, without the steady stream of updates from the BBC, mellowing the fever of aggression. So, I ponder whether BBC Three would be spared and become firmly lodged in all our cerebellums as a national treasure under the term ?guilty pleasures' and happy to call the channel so. May I consider viewer pulling programmes such as: ?Katie Hopkins Does Benefit Street? - ?watch this so-called hardworking Tory toff, wake the residence of Benefit Street up at 4 am to tell them about the joys of doing a hard days graft for our glorious chancellor? ? or perhaps a TV show called: ?Big Brrrovver? ? ?whereby 24/7 coverage is set up in board rooms of Energy Companies so we know who to blame for energy price hikes.?

      It will be a dire day when you click through the BBC channels without seeing ?Three? ? for a start numeric skills will suffer greatly - the young ?may? think ?Three? means ?Free? because it?s online. Thank goodness for the loyal BBC TV license-holder.

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        08.11.2012 17:34
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        Great channel centred around 18-25s

        BBC 3 is a fairly new (in the last few years anyway) channel added to the BBC family. As you may or may not know the programmes in this channel are mostly directed towards the younger generation, probably 18-25s. As a mental health nurse, I'm deeply passionate and interested in societal issues and will watch programmes dedicated to discussion regarding the problems we, as a society face and I feel that BBC 3 offers me just that. Along with hard hitting, honest documentaries there are humorous, often tongue-in-cheek shows included such as Family Guy, American Dad and Britain Unzipped which feature well known comedians and actors/actresses.

        The part that I like most about this channel is the availability of documentaries offered which allow insight to watchers into the lives of others. At present I'm hooked on Unsafe Sex in the City, which is a documentary about a sexual health clinic and its patients to show the nation that sexual health issues are on the rise and there are services provided to help you and advise you on safer intercourse in a sensitive yet honest programme. I feel that many of the documentaries are not sugar coated to bend the minds of others to think a certain way. I find that they are honest, frank and quite nail bitingly truthful, giving people the opportunity to view the full picture and really open their eyes to societal problems.

        BBC 3 offers a variety of entertainment from hard hitting documentaries, humorous programmes and soap operas, showing popular well known shows such as Don't Tell The Bride or Snog, Marry, Avoid. BBC 3 also offers a 60 second news update giving the viewer a quick but informational update on what's happening in the world.

        Conclusion: I love BBC 3 for its wide and varied choice of documentaries and informational programmes. I think the only downfall of the channel is showing things like snog marry avoid as this encourages the judgement of others and almost carrying the message that people should look a certain way just because other people don't like their dress sense. BBC 3 is definitely geared towards the younger generation and there is some material that others may find offensive, for example Britain Unzipped has a lot of sexual references throughout.

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        11.10.2012 16:53
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        A decent channel for young adults

        BBC Three as you very intelligent people are probably able to guess is the third channel of BBC. Where BBC 1 offers various drama shows and discussions, BBC 2 offers culture and sport, BBC 4 documentaries, three is much more focused on comedy and interactive discussion shows.

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        I must admit the main reason I frequent BBC Three is because I enjoy the cartoon 'American Dad' and it just so happens to offer a double bill of this pretty much every single night at around 11pm-12am. Other than this I am left much more disappointed/wanting. The shows themselves are not necessarily 'bad' per se but they are definitely not what I would call rich entertainment. For example, one particular show that is shown on the channel is called "Snog, Marry, Avoid" which is a kind of school ground fancy-test where people change their appearance for the sake of what would make them more ideal/attractive. The show usually ends to be a waste of time as when they reappear for the "let's see if they kept up their make-under" section of the show, more often than not they haven't. While, like I said, I don't particularly dislike this show it isn't really something I would regularly watch and a reason for me to revisit the channel over and over.

        Recently, one good thing about BBC Three is that it has begun to show brand new shows as soon as they're released. A few examples of this include "The Revolution Will Be Televised", "Cuckoo" and "Unzipped" which are all very distinct quite creative shows. While they must not be to everyone's tastes, it must be applauded that the channel offers shows that are all quite unique from another. For example, the former is a satirical hidden camera show and the latter is an alternative census show that attempts to offer a unique new vision of modern Britain.

        The show is on air from 7pm to about 2am which means that much of what it shows is after the watershed and so a little more adult than other shows on different channels. This means it is much easier to focus on adult humour and so the channel is very obviously adult orientated. Themes are often centralised around sex, politics and day-to-day living and so would be more difficult for a child to really grasp. Further due to the language on some of the shows its probably not appropriate to watch these shows with your children anyway.

        There is lots of variety and the shows are always very current and modern. While not always to my taste I can appreciate while other people my age might enjoy them and as such I do think it is a pretty decent channel.

        Conclusion:
        BBC Three is a show that although it has one particular focus and one particular target audience, that is comedy and young adults respectively, it still manages to be quite engaging and creative. The shows are usually brand new and its the only place to see many of them as they aren't featured outside of the BBC name. This means you get cutting edge comedy talent all inclusive in one channel and provided you happen to enjoy the subject matter/presenter etc it is usually quite entertaining.

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          09.05.2010 04:18
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          An experimental channel so some programmes are good and some are weak

          BBC Three is one of a few digital channels available from the famous broadcaster and although people of any age can be entertained by the programmes on offer I always get the feeling its main target audience is that of younger viewers. On the schedule you will see repeats from the terrestrial channels, documentaries and a variety of entertainment and comedy shows.

          Recently I have noticed repeats of the BBC's Formula 1 coverage, Eastenders and Doctor Who on this channel but they broadcast a lot of original material as well. On the subject of Doctor Who you can watch the Confidential programmes that look at the production of the series that includes interviews with the actors also.

          There have been a lot of awful comedy shows on BBC Three in my opinion which I just can't imagine anyone finding funny but some very successful ones were first broadcast on here. After Little Britain first became a television series it was shown on this channel and The Mighty Boosh is on this station. Russell Howard's Good News is a funny programme and of course you can see many episodes of Family Guy and American Dad. I find Family Guy very funny although it is particularly controversial and could be offensive to some and this is why it is on so late at night.

          A genre of programme that the channel is well known for is its documentary type shows. There are all sorts that have been shown including an entertaining one involving Danny Dyer investigating the existence of UFO's I saw a while ago and there have been many that have taken teenagers or other young people out of there comfortable surroundings to teach them how tough life can be for other people either in the UK or in other parts of the world.

          There are memorable one off shows like a version of question time for young and first time voters presented by Dermot O'Leary who also conducted interviews with the leaders of the three main political parties on this channel.

          Snog, Marry, Avoid is a BBC Three classic and can be quite entertaining if you take it for what it is and as a massive Lily Allen fan I loved her talk show that was on here a couple of years ago.

          As I said previously I think mainly younger people would appreciate this channel the most but some programmes would appeal to all ages. I enjoy some of the documentaries but a lot of the comedy shows are hit and miss and I wonder how some of them even get commissioned by who is in charge of such things at the BBC.

          There is quite possibly something on this channel that everyone could get some enjoyment from, the broadcast starts at seven pm and runs through to about five in the morning and of course if you miss anything it is potentially available on the iPlayer

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            12.01.2010 15:56
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            BBC 1's sister station.

            BBC 3 is a fairly new addition to the BBC's group of programmes. It is available to freeview and satellite customersand on my freeview TV, aswell as several others I know it is on channel 7.

            BBC 3 is a young, funkier and more risky version of BBC 1. It has a fairly wide variety of shows, however it does not broad cast during the day, only at night.

            I like the fact that BBC 3 repeats that days Eastenders programme at 10.00 (most nights, time does change according to schedule). It is a great time to catch up with your favorite soap as sometime I am just not home in time for its earlier showing.

            BBC 3 also shows a few good reality TV shows. One of these is don't tell the bride, where a couple who are about to get married go on the TV show and seperate for a couple of weeks while the groom plans a wedding without any input from the bride, he even goes as far as to chose the dress himself, needless to say it is a very dramatic TV show.

            BBC 3 also shows the bank of Mum and Dad. A programme where debt riddled youngsters move back home while their parent sort out their finances.

            BBC 3 shows a whole host of other programmes such as snog marry avoid and the worlds strictest parents, and the ever popular Gavin and Stacey repeats.

            BBC 3 is BBC 1s younger sister! It is to BBC 1 what E4 is to channel 4!

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            My favourite Beeb channel

            If you've read my review of BBC1, then you'll know that what I hate about the mainstream BBC channels is how virulently middle-class and middle-minded they are, too nervous of upsetting the license payer that they stick with rote and aggressively family-friendly programming that more informed people are fed up with. However, BBC3 is the jewel in their crown in many ways, delivering a far more daring brand of programming that adheres to more fringe, "cult" tastes. Generally the more successful of these shows wind up on one of the two mainstream channels for at least one run. Perhaps the most prominent recent example is how popular comedy Gavin and Stacy began on BBC3 and then "graduated" to the other Beebs.

            Perhaps the best example of how diverse BBC3 is belongs to their twisted animation show Monkey Dust, which was an incredibly daring an insanely controversial programme that miraculously managed to run for an entire three series and even manage a run on BBC2 despite joking about paedophilia, rape, suicide bombers, and countless more. This is the sort of programming that the mainstream Beebs are typically missing, and so I was pleasantly surprised to see this lesser-known sister channel pushing the boat out a bit. In fact, I tend to watch BBC3 more than I do the other channels for precisely this reason.

            On the downside, it doesn't start until 7pm every night, but then this at least means that we're not treated to a wealth of filler as with virtually every other channel, and the concentrated nature of the programming makes it on the whole very good, from sick animated shows to unique documentaries.

            If you're some stuffy conservative, this is not the channel for you, but for programming that is intelligent while also having a classy edge, this is the way to go.

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            05.11.2009 10:58
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            BBC Three: one of the most flexible BBC channels

            BBC Three is one of the many differing channels that the BBC has to offer, with the new age of a million squillion zillion channels popping up all over the place. Whereas other channels may feature older BBC programmes, or pick popular programmes from a main channel and show them back to back, BBC Three tends to be a sort of testing ground in many ways to see if a show is successful and could make it onto the main stage of BBC 1 or 2.

            Shows such as Gavin and Stacy started out on BBC Three, as did many 'cool' docu-style programmes. Starting at 7pm, it shows a nice blend of comedy and real life, with often strange documentaries mixing it with serious drama, soaps and favourite progs. For instance, viewers tonight could be treated to Doctor Who, followed by Bizarre ER, The World's Strictes Parents, before being given a quick blast of Eastenders.

            It is perhaps this strange variety that gives the channel its appeal, for me. The fact that you never know exactly what you're going to get when channel hopping of an evening, knowing that you could turn to BBC Three and find something amazing that you haven't seen in ages, or you could get some twisted documentary that would make you cringe. I really like the variety it offers, and I think it's one of the channels strongest points.

            However, a big bug bear of mine with it is that, although it has the capacity to show the widest and most select variety of programmes, it doesn't start until 7pm each night. I'm aware of funding costs and the fact that there are many other BBC channels running throughout the day, but I would personally prefer this one to continue running and perhaps one of the others not start until later in the day. I believe this can offer something for everyone, throughout the day and the evening, and leaving it until 7pm often means it is missed off people's early evening radar as they plan their evening's viewing.

            Overall, it's a very good channel, and one definitely worth trying every now and then to see if there's something on for you. Don't be put off by it starting at 7pm, for once the progs do get going, then it's well worth checking out. I just wish they'd start it a lot sooner, and they might be surprised with a large amount of daytime interest. BBC Three is on Sky Channel 115, and I believe channel 7 on Freeview.

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              02.11.2009 22:44
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              One of the BBC's growing band of channels

              There was a time when the great institution of the British Broadcasting Corporation was designed purely to inform and entertain with high-browed programming and plenty of news. And then came along the 21st century and the desire for multi-channel satellite set-ups...so along came BBC Three and out went good old Aunty and in came the young new cousin...

              Available on Sky channel 115 and Freeview channel 7, BBC Three broadcasts from 7pm each night of the week until into the early hours of the morning with a variety of programmes designed for their 'younger' target audience. By this I mean the 18 to 30 range, with perhaps a little bit of leeway either side of these numbers, but rather a lot younger than a lot of traditional BBC programming is naturally aimed at.

              The programming does differ considerably though. From showing shows broadcast on BBC One and Two such as Eastenders, it does broadcast shows produced solely intended for BBC Three. Often produced by independent production companies rather than the BBC in-house production set-up, the schedule is made up of comedies and often personality-led documentaries. These include ones with 'shocking' titles such as 'the boy who ate his face' or 'the girl who smelt of suet' (these titles may be fictional for the purposes of this review!), but in all seriousness they do contain a factual and informative point. Other documentaries are these personality-led ones which include some type of young gonzo journalist, which can hopefully relate to the audience, going on a fact-finding mission on the programmes subject or helping solve something. Some can be entertaining, some can just be self-indulgent rubbish.

              Then there's the copious numbers of comedies that BBC Three shows. Famous ones such as Gavin and Stacey have spawned from the channel and found prime-time slots in the BBC's main schedules. And others have failed miserably, never to be heard of again. And then there's Two Pints of Lager...which just keeps on going and going and going for no apparent reason as I know of no one who will happily sit and watch a few episodes of it in one sitting.

              Also included in the schedule are animated American shows such as Family Guy and American Dad, which are perfect for the intended age range. They also occasionally show sports, such as European games involved British clubs, and with the African Cup of Nations on the horizon at the start of 2010; expect to see BBC Three broadcast some of the matches. This might also mean the broadcasting hours stretch to earlier than 7pm, as this is my main qualm over the channel. Being the BBC and being publically funded, the Beeb may not think it's necessary to broadcast any earlier than that as it's intended audience should all be at work or watching it's regular daytime schedule...but even a few repeats or re-runs will help pull a few punters away from Dave...

              Their website is obviously full of content - yet again to suit their audience - often including additional videos of their shows and various 'blogs' which us 18 to 30 year olds supposedly love. Of course we do...

              So there you have it. BBC Three. Elderly people aren't allowed to go there...you can resort to BBC Four instead......

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                06.10.2009 21:55
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                Loads of very entertaining shows

                BBC Three is a TV channel which first launched in 2003. It is available on Sky, Cable, Freeview & Freeset. As it is a BBC channel, it is funded by the license fee & therefore doesn't contain any commercials.

                The channel is meant for viewers in their late teens & twenties & this is represented in the programmes they show. There is a good mixture of entertainment based shows from comedy & drama to documentaries.

                Although there are a small number of american imports, it's good to see that most of the channel's output is homegrown productions with a large amount of these made especially for the channel. Gavin & Stacey was first broadcast on BBC Three before it then moved to BBC One after it's imense popularity.

                One of my favourite shows on the channel is The Real Hustle which plays everyday cons on the general public with the aim of showing you how to not fall victim to such scams. I also like the fact that the channel repeats Eastenders at 10pm in case I've been out earlier and missed it.

                Every hour you get a fast paced news update called "60 Seconds" which is quite handy & sums up the days big stories very briefly.

                I do watch this channel quite a bit and love some of the original programming they show on it. It's just a shame it doesn't start broadcasting till 7pm each night.

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                23.07.2009 12:37
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                A fantastic show that pulls in some pretty good viewing figures and has some funny shows.

                BBC Three is one of several television channels from BBC Broadcasting and currently runs from 19:00 - 04:00 and it's main competition is seen as being channels such as ITV2 and E4 all of which are available to Freeview, Sky & Virgin Media customers via a satellite box.

                The target audience for BBC Three is 15-34 year olds and it's current share of the audience in this age range is around 2.5% on average and just under 2% of individuals as a whole but because this rating is averaged over 24 hours the actual viewing figures are probably much higher during the hours that the channel is operational.

                The channel was launched in 2003 and originally pulled in viewers by showing episodes of Eastenders before they were shown on BBC One but now they actually show the late evening repeats which is one of their most watched programmes (22:00).

                I personally feel that the channel has been fantastic at bringing fantastic new shows such as Little Britain, Doctor Who Confidential, Two Pints Of Lager & A Packet Of Crisps & an earlier showing of Torchwood (back in 2006 it commissioned a new series which is now on BBC main terrestial due to high viewing figures).

                Many of the shows really do appeal to my age range and I've happily wiled away many an evening watching entire series of Two Pints or many episodes of Family Guy. In more recent times they have been at the forefront of new British TV with the likes of Gavin & Stacey & Horne & Corden helping them to draw in mass viewing figures and further increase the popularity of the channel.

                I would recommend this channel for anybody who likes sitcoms, comedy standup, Family Guy and shows like this as the channel brings in a steady flow of new talent and fantastic shows. I don't believe you need to be 15-34 to appreciate the shows on this channel and if you have the right sense of humour then most of the shows on here would appeal to you (as they do to me).

                I am going to rate the channel 4/5 and have knocked it down one star because I only wish that it was on 24 hours a day so I could laugh my arse off all day! It has a pretty wide audience appeal and I like the 60 second news segments that come on in between shows as I can keep up with some of the more current news affairs whilst enjoying some fantastic shows.

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                30.06.2009 18:26
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                Decent free-to-air digital TV channel

                BBC Three is a TV channel that's available on digital TV such as Sky, Freeview and Freesat. It broadcasts daily between 7pm and 5am. The channel is primarily aimed at younger viewers - from late teens to early 20s and focusses more on comedy than any other genre.

                As with all BBC Channels, you won't find any paid adverts. Instead, the transition time between programmes is often taken up by a programme called 60 Seconds which shows snippets of the news in just one minute (hence the name).

                My favourite programmes on BBC Three are the animated US imports - Family Guy and American Day... they're the reason I watch it - the new season of Family Guy in particular is excellent (shown Sundays at 10pm).

                A lot of other programmes are repeats that have already been on other BBC channels - trash such as Eastenders and Wipeout are often on. There are occasionally feature films shown too on BBC Three.

                BBC Three is also used as a spill-over channel during big sporting events, such as the football World Cup where lesser matches may be shown rather than on BBC1. BBC Three was also used to broadcast the recent Confederations Cup.

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                  11.06.2009 21:48

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                  What 'a' Channel. BBC Three is in my opinion the best BBC channel. It's the home of Two Pints, The Real Hustle, Family Guy and millions more. With there new website it all looks good as well.I mainly use the BBC iPlayer to watch BBC Three. I think there shows are great and it seams to own all of the types of shows that relate to how people really are and really live.

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                  04.06.2009 13:22
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                  A not bad channel that has ever-so-slightly improved in recent months and is home to cult viewing

                  With the launch of the Digital age, The British Broadcasting Corporation has had to move with the times in order to keep up; especially with increasing concerns over how licence payers money is continually being spent. There are many, in fact, who believe the T.V licence as it stands should be altogether scrapped. With this in mind, The BBC have done their best to cater to their increasingly younger audience needs with the introduction of BBC3 and to their older more niche audience bracket with the slightly less mainstream channel, BBC4.

                  Recently, amidst steadily decreasing rating figures, the BBC have relaunched and rebranded BBC3 and this seems to have proved an moderate initial success. For too long, BBC3 had recently become something of a joke channel with little programming of any real substance; programmes seemed aimed at the lowest possible class of viewer with much emphasis on dumbing down and with only a few stand-out shows amongst constant repeats of Eastenders and crass comedy show, Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps which semed on a continual loop. With it's relaunch, The BBC have attempted, and at first glance succeeded to some extent, to make the channel more respectable and to closer resemble BBC2 as was- which is to say the home of experimental cult comedy which may not quite warrant a place on their main BBC1 channel due to it's very niche audience appeal. BBC2 still hosts cult comedy shows, last years Lab Rats being a very fine and excellent example, but BBC3 now shows a vaster majority and only those who do exceptionally well there, such as Ideal starring Johnny Vegas, then make the move to terrestial television for wider audiences who may not yet have embraced the modern Digital age. And believe it or not there are still some of them out there!

                  Of course, that is not to say that BBC3 doesn't still have more than it's fair share of lowest common denominator shows, posed as "proper" documentaries- shows such as Snog, Marry, Avoid, Bizarre E.R or Freaky Eaters spring to mind, the kind of shows you only watch after returning from the pub and which become compulsive viewing simply because they are sooo bad- but there also seems to be an attempt now to produce decent hard-hitting shows also. A recent documentary looking at Paul Gasgoine's daughter was a very fine example of BBC3 getting the balance just right. Given a mock autopsy to determine her body age after years of partying, getting drunk and general misbehaviour, Bianca Gasgoine was then given advice on how to alter her life-style in order to lessen the damage her wild nights were inflicting on her organs before following her around with a camera to watch her progress. What could have been a tacky show ended up being a very moving and interesting piece which also gave the viewing public a real insight into the girl behind the tabloid head-lines! Another recent show followed Radio One D.J Fearn Cotton as she looked at how easy it was to access anoxeria-support groups on-line which give sufferers worrying advice on how best to avoid eating meals. Once again, this was another documentary that actually managed to prove a quite high-level show highlighting a very serious message. And by being shown on Digital BBC3, it also managed to reach a target audience that may well have tuned it out on the Corporation's main broadcasting channel!

                  Of course, BBC3 is still best known however for it's comedy; recent Sketch show, The Wrong Door was a bit hit and miss at times but still entertained and Ideal has recently returned for what I believe is it's fifth season. Sunday nights see brand new episodes of Family Guy, always a winner in my household, with repeated episodes from all seasons every night during the week. Don't fancy that? Well there's always American Dad and, though it's not to my taste due mainly to it's increasingly more and more crude humour that has long lost any interest from me, Two Pints is still running with a new season currently being filmed as we speak. Actually Two Pints for me sums up everything that was and still is bad about this channel- it's jokes are just pure, constant smut with very little substance and the characters so paper-thin that I satruggle to see the appeal- but I know it has it's fans and it really does take all sorts to make up a demographic audience.

                  Overall, BBC3 isn't a bad channel that has certainly improved of late with it's sligtly higher level of programming. It's still best watched only if you miss Eastenders and don't have BBC I-Player or if you have just returened from a night out with mates and the constant repeats of programmes until the early hours of the morning can annoy though it does make the shows very difficult to miss so that is also an advantage! But a relaunch and rebranding was certainly long-needed and now watching the channel feels more like entering a room that smells fresh from a recent spring-cleaning rather than a musty old attic that is only visited when you remember you last left Grandma up there six months before!

                  If you've not watched it recently, give it another go.....

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                    10.05.2009 13:07
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                    BBC Three is on channel 115 on Sky Television. Next to it is BBC Four, and these 2 channels have adverts in them, which is certainly different to BBC1 and BBC2.

                    The only bad thing about this channel is that it isn't on 24 hours a day. The scheduling is pretty limited since the channel starts at 7pm, and goes off at 5.30am. Also in this short time being on the air, you will find a few repeats as well.

                    So what kind of shows are on this? There is sometimes some fact programmes on, but other shows are

                    2 pints of lager and a packet of crisps
                    american dad
                    doctor who
                    robin hood
                    gavin and stacey
                    eastenders
                    family guy
                    heroes
                    snog, marry avoid

                    All the things on here are repeats from the main BBC channels, so isn't it better to watch them, since they don't have adverts? Perhaps, but this channel has all the main ones on 1 after the other. There is a few music concerts on here, but it is mostly indie music that is played.

                    A good channel, but I think the channel should perhaps be on 12pm-8pm, as I think being on through the night isn't that practical.

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