BBC Three fans rejoice: the BBC is bringing the channel back and it won’t be long before it launches.
BBC Three has been given the green light by regulator Ofcom to return as the standalone, linear channel it had always been before it was axed in 2016.
In just a few weeks, the channel will return for most viewers as Ofcom and the company have agreed a deal for its revival.
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But in order to meet the regulator’s requirements, the BBC has had to ensure that at least three-quarters of the hours it broadcasts each year must be original programming, which the company has agreed for UK viewers.
So, when will the channel return, what number can it be watched on and what kind of programs can we expect? Here’s what we know.
BBC Three: When will the channel return, what number will it be on and what can we expect?
BBC Three returns to TV broadcasters Tuesday, February 1, 2022. It airs every night from 7pm on Virgin Media, Sky, Freesat and Freeview. It will also be available on BBC iPlayer. The channel numbers it will appear on are yet to be announced.
One of the first shows to air on the new BBC Three will be a special edition of RuPaul’s Drag Race named RuPaul’s Drag Race: Britain vs. the World.
Judges Alan Carr, Graham Norton and Michelle Visage will sit on the jury as nine previous contestants – from the UK version and from around the world – compete to be named Drag Race Superstar.
Joining them are a number of special celebrities including Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan, Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall, Bridgerton actor Jonathan Bailey and comedian Daisy May Cooper.
TV soap star Michelle Keegan said: “I am delighted to be a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World! I love the show! It makes everyone smile… I think the world needs a little bit of that right now and that’s honestly the most fun filming. I’m really honored to be a part of it!”
Singer Jade Thirlwall added: “So happy to be back here with the Drag Race UK family. This series has some megastars joining us. It’s a true celebration of global drag – and I feel so much love from the community. I can’t wait for you to see it.”
Former glamor model Katie Price will also make an appearance, where she will join the judging panel for the show’s snatch game segment.
She said: “I love drag racing! The hair, the makeup, the outfits, the characters, the personalities, the glamor of it all! I just love it. I’m so excited to actually play the snatch game this time… Remember, the nipples are the eyes of the face.
As if that wasn’t enough, Strictly Come Dancing finalist Johannes Radebe will also be on the program, helping contestants with the choreography during the Maxi Challenge segment.
He said: “For someone who’s been a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race since its inception in 2009, I’ve been Googled and gagged for being a part of it! It’s definitely a career highlight for me. As if anyone would pass up the opportunity to be a part of the fabulous development of RuPaul’s Drag Race!”
A huge football competition, the Africa Cup of Nations , hosted by The One Show host Jermaine Jenas, will also air during the channel’s first week. 24 football teams from Africa will compete from Cameroon in an attempt to lift the trophy and be crowned the winners of the tournament.
The six-part series can also be seen Santa the serial killer . In this true crime documentary, award-winning reporter Mobeen Azhar travels to Toronto, Canada to uncover more about Bruce McArthur, one of the country’s most prolific serial killers.
Speaking of filming the series, Azhar said, “I made my way to Toronto to understand how and why so many men lost their lives, but what quickly became clear was that this wasn’t just a story about a serial killer but about policing, the immigrant experience, and how our communities care for each other.”
flying club i is another program to be broadcast on the new BBC Three channel. There will be 10 episodes of the series in its first edition, which is about the busy airline Loganair, which operates in Scotland.
It will provide an in-depth look at the staff and crew on board the airline’s aircraft and what it’s like to work high in the skies. The BBC promises the series will explore more than just flying passengers from one place to another.
Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three, said: “Flight Club is a brilliant first deal from our partnership with BBC Scotland and Screen Scotland. With great characters who are authentic and doing something they love, and regional voices and stories, it has all the ingredients we love in a show.”