BBC Three
BBC Three
Launched 9 February 2003
Owned by BBC
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share 1.3% (May 2009, BARB)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Broadcast area United Kingdom
Replaced BBC Choice
Sister channel(s) BBC One
BBC Four
BBC News
BBC Parliament
Timeshift service CBBC Channel
Freeview Channel 7
Freesat Channel 106
Sky Digital Channel 115
Astra 2D 10773H 22000 5/6
Virgin Media Channel 106
UPC Ireland Channel 116
WightCable Channel 10 (19:00-07:00)
Smallworld Media Channel 106
UPC Netherlands Channel 805
Ziggo Channel 52
Telenet Channel 565
Naxoo Channel 215
Channel 157 Cablecom
Tiscali TV Channel 19
Internet television
BBC Online Watch live (UK Only)
BBC iPlayer watch (UK Only)

BBC Three is a channel from the BBC broadcasting via digital cable, terrestrial, IPTV and satellite platforms. The channel is described by the BBC as an outlet for 'New drama, talent, comedy, films, and accessible news'. The channel is on-air from 19:00 to about 04:00 each night, in order to share terrestrial television bandwidth with the CBBC Channel. Unlike its commercial rivals, 90% of BBC Three's output is from the United Kingdom and other European Union countries. 80% is original, covering all genres, from current affairs, to drama, to comedy to animation. BBC Three has a unique '60 second news' format. This was adopted so that operation of the channel could be completely automated, without the complication of dealing with variable length live news broadcasts. The current controller of the station is Danny Cohen, and the Head of Scheduling is Dan McGolpin.


The channel is the successor to the similar BBC Choice and was launched on 9 February 2003, eleven months after the originally planned launch date (and the launch of BBC Four). The delay was due to debate over its proposed format. The channel was launched by Stuart Murphy, who previously ran BBC Choice, and before that UK Play, the now-discontinued UKTV music and comedy channel on which ran Rock Profile, by Matt Lucas and David Walliams (who went on to star in Little Britain). At 33, Murphy was the youngest channel controller in the country, a title he held since launching UK Play at the age of 26, although on 20 October 2005 it was announced that Murphy was soon to leave the channel to work in commercial television.


BBC Three airs many things including comedy's and dramas and pan-psychology programs.They also air films and other programs

  • 60 Seconds
  • American Dad!
  • Being Human
  • Coming of Age
  • Doctor Who
  • Doctor Who Confidential
  • Eastenders
  • Eastenders Revealed
  • Family Guy
  • Freaky Eaters
  • Funland
  • Gavin & Stacey
  • Horne and Corden
  • House of Tiny Tearways
  • Last Man Standing
  • Lily Allen and Friends
  • Little Angels
  • Little Britain
  • Man Stroke Women
  • Match of the Day
  • Mind, Body & Kick Ass Moves
  • Monkey Dust
  • Phoo Action
  • Sex..With Mum & Dad
  • Snog Marry Avoid?
  • Spendaholics
  • Teen Angels
  • The 7 O'Clock News
  • The Apprentice You're Fired
  • The Mighty Boosh
  • Tittybangbang
  • Torchwood
  • Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps
  • Upstaged