BBC Three and BBC England Partnership

We are delighted to announce a partnership with BBC Three and BBC England that will provide paid development opportunities to four North East based production companies, with at least one receiving a commission.

The details

What is it?

Independent production companies with established links in the North East will be invited to submit documentary ideas that reflect the life experiences of 16-24 year olds in the region. After a selection process, at least one indie will be commissioned to produce a factual documentary for BBC Three and BBC England.

Expressions of interest will be accepted from Tuesday 1st March until Monday 18th April. After the closing date, BBC Three and BBC England will shortlist up to four indies to share further details of their ideas via BBC Pitch, prior to entering into a period of paid development and project scoping. They will be invited to pitch in front of a team of BBC England and BBC Three commissioners in July 2022. After the pitching session, BBC England and BBC Three teams will select at least one indie to produce a 30 minute documentary film, to be TX’d on both network television (i.e. BBC Three’s linear channel and a BBC England slot on BBC One) and iPlayer.

If you are unsuccessful at this stage, NFM will work with you to provide bespoke development opportunities to ensure you are ready for when the next commission opportunity arises.

Who is it for?

This is for any production company/indie who has established links in North East England. If you feel you fit this criteria and would like to learn more, please get in touch. Email

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