It seems once again like all things in this day and age and in Britain, most specifically when it comes to cutting, trimming, raising and adding the young are hit the hardest. It's ok to raise university fees and propose cuts to JSA & housing benefits for under 25's and now it seems ok to cut a channel aimed at the young. Once again the young are targeted with the latest news that BBC 3 is to be axed and moved online has caused uproar. It wasn't the greatest but it produced in my opinion some of the brightest gems BBC has had in a while. The BBC is just reflecting the governments and large corporation's views that the young and youthful just don't matter.
In truth the BBC seems like a former shell of a company once loved and trusted with scandal after scandal pandering to the government and trying so hard to please all. Its flagship drama programs are watchable but largely forgettable Dr. Who, Robin Hood, Atlantis, Merlin, Musketeers etc. They all have the same kind of feel to them, trying so hard to appease and appeal to the widest audiences possible with their 'family' dramas. The majority of the shows end up disneyfied, trapped with watered down content. Risks are rare for The BBC, Where is the ground-breaking challenging genre pushing shows like Queer as Folk, Shameless, Sugar Rush, Skins?
At least that's where BBC Three came into the equation producing pilots that remained pilots but still where brilliant such as Noel Clarke's West 10 LDN a pre Top Boy show looking at inner city London's urban dwellings and what about Some Girls?, where for once an ethnic minority played the lead. Fresh in my mind is also In the flesh, a multi layered and artistically brilliant show that touched upon a multitude of issues such as the north and south divide, race, sexuality and difference on a whole. I know comedy found a home in BBC Three and once again quirky and colorful productions like Him & Her, Gavin & Stacey, Little Britain and The Mighty Boosh.
Of course not all shows were to my taste nor where they brilliant but they were entertaining and watchable. Sun, Sea, Sand and Suspicious Parents, Young Dumb and Living off Mum and Snog Marry Avoid. Yeah they're not mind blowing and stimulating but at least they have positive messages helping some parents connect with their kids, individuals appreciate their looks and looking at what it may be like to live independently. When you put it into context of the likes of other channels shows such as Made in Chelsea and Only Way is Essex they aren't that bad.
I'm all for the license fee but fundamental changes need to be made The BBC should lead and other networks should follow. Buying the rights to The Voice when in truth the broadcaster could and should have created their own talent show that could then be sold off and rewards and royalties reaped. How can the channel be a beacon of Britishness if it can't even muster enough creativity and talent to produce original TV across formats?
Three should be a thriving place for new talent (writers, directors, actors), where shows should be tested online and then moved to the air and aired on the specific place they're wanting to cut. I do hope that BBC Three can be saved and changed, looked at and re-valuated as with the BBC on a whole. At this period in time it should be letting the kids in and not shutting them out.