CBBC wants to air more of their programmes on the main-stream BBC Channels, such as BBC One, in a bid to attract a wider audience. The channel is also launching a new drama aimed at the older range of its audience to fill the gap left behind by Grange Hill and Byker Grove.
CBBC wants to air more of their programmes on the main-stream BBC Channels, such as BBC One, in a bid to attract a wider audience. CBBC wants to air more of its programmes on the main BBC channels but outside of the CBBC strand of programming that currently airs in the afternoons on BBC One. One such programme the CBBC channel would like to air on BBC One in a new slot is Horrible Histories, based on the popular series of history books of the same name. CBBC Controller Damian Kavanagh has held talks with his BBC One counter-part Jay Hunt over such plans. If the proposal does go ahead its possible other shows will follow suit such as The Sarah Jane Adventures, the CBBC Doctor Who spin-off, which attracts strong ratings for CBBC. The spin-off is currently filming its fourth season, with a fifth year already ordered, but critics have long argued the series should be available to a wider audience – if more CBBC programmes did air outside the traditional slots on main-steam BBC channels then its possible Adventures might find a new home.
As well as airing programmes outside of the existing CBBC strand the BBC are also looking for a new drama series which would be aimed at the high end of its target audience. The drama would follow in the footsteps of Grange Hill and Byker Grove both of which were cancelled by the BBC because the corporation decided to aim its programmes at younger audiences and neither drama fitted in with that target. Two years on since the demise of Grange Hill, which was met with outcry from critics, the BBC is hoping to find a new long-running drama to fill the gap left behind.