David Dimbleby will examine the BBC scandals in a ‘unfazed’ company story, which will air on its centenary in 2022.
special editions of Come dance strictly, Doctor Who and Top speed will also appear with Frozen Planet II, the World Cup and the return of BBC Three as a television channel in an “exceptional year of sports, events and milestone commissions” to mark the anniversary.
The BBC is hoping that centennial programming including the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Women’s Euros and the Commonwealth Games will encourage skeptical ministers to award it a new higher-than-inflation license fee settlement.
The centerpiece of “BBC 100” is set on David Dimbleby’s BBC: a very British story.
The three-part series “will explore the role of business in major moments of political and cultural change, its conflicts with governments over the years, its own public controversies and how it continues to engage with the British people and attempts to represent a diverse and changing world. nation.”
Insiders have said the series will give an “unfazed” account of scandals that have rocked the BBC, including the Jimmy Savile affair and Martin Bashir’s deceptions.
It will cover times of crisis, including the 2003 Hutton report on his demands in Iraq, which led to the dismissal of chief executive Greg Dyke.
On-screen contributors will include prominent personalities inside and outside the BBC.
Another documentary, The first 50 years of the BBC, will look at the launch of BBC Radio by John Reith in 1922 and consider whether the national broadcaster should lead or follow new social attitudes.
Special editions of the BBC’s biggest entertainment hits including Chef, The apprentice and Antiques roadshow will air with a satirical take on the BBC presented by Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse.
Old blue stone presenter Konnie Huq will explore the best of children’s programming from the past 100 years in Here is one I made earlier.
The program will retrace the genre from the very first radio broadcast of Children’s time in 1922, via the classic of the 70s Magic roundabout, to Saturday morning hits such as Go live.
A new Horrible stories Special, on CBBC, updates the story with fascinating facts and jokes about the Company.
Epic series Frozen Planet II tells “the complete story of all the frozen quarter of our planet that is locked in ice and covered in snow”, a decade after Sir David Attenborough’s original.
Charlotte Moore, BBC content manager, said: “Our centenary will be a huge treat for audiences of all ages, from massive sporting events, comedy, entertainment, theater, the arts and music to documentaries assessing all aspects of BBC history. “
“BBC 100 will celebrate and reflect on the unique role the BBC plays in the lives of audiences across the UK as a highly regarded national broadcaster from its inception to the present day. “