BBC Three

Following on from the success of First Time Voters’ Question Time in the build-up to the General Election, BBC Three will become a regular home for political coverage for young people with four new editions of the programme over the coming year.

Now called Young Voters’ Question Time BBC Three will continue to cover political issues for the 16-34 year old audience – programmes that are simply not provided for young people elsewhere.

The first show will run in October to tie in with the Government’s spending review announcement. The panel will confirmed nearer the time.

Danny Cohen, Controller BBC Three, said: “There was great vibrancy and energy to First Time Voters’ Question Time in the run-up to the General Election, and we want to build on this and make political coverage – and young people’s views on politics – a regular feature on BBC Three.”

Young Voters’ Question Time will be produced by Mentorn Media, makers of BBC One’s Question Time.

Steve Anderson, Executive Producer for Mentorn Media, said: “This is an innovative programme which has really engaged audiences. It was a bold move by Danny and the BBC Three team to provide election coverage that addressed the concerns of young people, but the politicians responded and audiences came to the programmes.

“At a time of great political turbulence, with policy decisions affecting the lives of millions of young people, it’s important that they can have their say on the BBC and hold decision-makers to account.”

Adult Season

Following the success of last year’s season, the Adult Season returns to explore the pressures on young people to grow up quickly, and what it means to be an adult. The season brought the channel two of its strongest weeks ever.

Danny Cohen, Controller BBC Three, says: “Every programme in this Season takes a different perspective on what it means to become an adult. It’s a mix of documentaries, current affairs and entertainment that young audiences simply would not find elsewhere across the British television landscape – and asserts once again the unique public service role BBC Three is playing for younger viewers.”


Tulisa – My Mum And Me

If your parent is physically unwell, school friends’ sympathy and a shoulder to cry on are often at hand. But for a young person with a parent suffering from mental health problems, the stigma can be overwhelming and domestic upheaval can be an unspoken secret.

In this intimate and deeply personal authored documentary, Tulisa from chart-smashing N-Dubz recounts growing up with a mother who suffered from a schizo-affective disorder, and the pressure it placed upon her. Tulisa also travels the country to meet other young Britons caring for a mentally ill mum or dad.


Glamour Models, Mum And Me

Georgia is a hard-working, studious and academic 14-year-old whose unusual life is reaching a crossroads. Her mother is tabloid favourite Alicia Douvall, who instinctively sees a career path similar to her own in the modelling industry as best for her daughter. But Georgia has other plans and would like to consider becoming an actress or an architect.

This is a film about the extraordinary relationship between a daughter and her mother who has come to symbolise the values of our looks- and fame-obsessed times. The pair share a warm and unique bond and Georgia explains what life is like growing up with a mum under the intense scrutiny of celebrity culture, and how this influences the decisions she makes as she continues her journey to adulthood.


Small Teen, Big World

Jasmine, or Jazz to her friends, like any typical teenager loves shopping, clothes, and gossiping with her mates. She lives in North Wales with her mum Bev and Chihuahua Pebbles. But, unlike most teenagers, Jazz and her mother are living with a rare and undiagnosed form of dwarfism. Jazz has also been registered carer for her mum since the age of 11.

The programme follows Jazz in the run-up to her 16th birthday. It’s a pivotal time in any teen’s life, but Jazz is preparing not only to attend the Little People of America convention in New York, but also to leave North Wales with her mum for a new life of independence in England. She also takes steps to meet her real father for the first time.


Baby Beauty Queens

From sashes and tiaras to diamante eyelashes and spray tans, BBC Three dives extensions first into the burgeoning world of the UK beauty pageant industry in a new, six-part series, Baby Beauty Queens.

Last year, BBC Three broadcast a single film, Baby Beauty Queens, described as “poignant, hilarious and unsettling” by The Sunday Times. This new series explores the pressures on young people to grow up too quickly by shining a spotlight on life for aspiring pageant queens and child models in an image-obsessed Britain.

Five years ago there were no children’s beauty pageants in the UK. There are now over 20, with thousands of girls – and some boys – taking part. Baby Beauty Queens follows several children eager to shine, looking at the preparation, self-confidence, bravery and talent needed to succeed on the pageant scene and in the modelling industry, and at the costs and benefits to children and their parents – both emotionally and financially.


Young, Dumb And Living Off Mum

Young, Dumb And Living Off Mum returns with eight inept and spoilt young adults used to being waited on hand and foot by their parents. It’s time for Adam, Danielle, Marc, Chloe, Coran, Harri, Iman and Levi, all aged 17-23, to sever those apron strings and stand on their own two feet.

In a bid to show they can fend for themselves they move into a house together, where they will quickly need to learn the basics such as making their own beds, cooking, cleaning and budgeting. This will be the first time in their lives that they have had to shoulder any responsibility.

Each week they’ll be sent out to work in the real world by their parents, who will set them a challenge. To avoid being sent packing at the end of each challenge they will have to put in some hard work – from shifts at one of Britain’s largest zoos to a stint at a retirement village.

To secure a chance of winning a round-the-world trip they will have to show beyond doubt that they have changed for the better, that they are ready to become adults and – most importantly – gain the respect of their parents.


The Blind Me

Growing up is hard enough for most young people, but how different would it be if you couldn’t view the world for yourself because you were blind?

This thought-provoking film follows four young blind people on the rollercoaster ride to adulthood as they try to work out what they want from their lives. Eighteen-year-old Dwight is looking for love and independence; Karen dreams of a career designing jewellery; and blind couple Katy and Scott are facing dilemmas about their future together.


Underage And Pregnant

Following the success of its first series, Underage And Pregnant returns for a second eight-part run. Once again the candid half-hour programmes follow a mix of schoolgirl mums – and some dads – with varied backgrounds as they come to terms with pregnancy, birth and their new lives as parents.

Contributors include 14-year-old Courtnay, from Inverness, who had only just discovered she was in the early stages of her pregnancy when her boyfriend was killed in a car crash. After recovering from the horror of losing him, Courtnay, fully supported by both her family and his, comes to realise that her pregnancy has helped to ease her grief.

Throughout the series teenage mums and dads share their hopes and fears for their children and their new lives, giving a unique insight into the experiences of teenage parents; from the decisions they must make and the challenges that face them to how every aspect of their lives is affected.


Alice and Her Six Dads

This warm-hearted and emotional film follows 22-year-old Alice as she searches for her biological dad.

During Alice’s life there have been six different men who at some point have played the role of dad to her. Some have meant more to her than others, but there’s one of these men Alice has no memory of – the man she believes is her real dad. In this film Alice sets off on a journey to meet these different men from her childhood, in the hope of discovering what it really means to be a dad.

In one final challenge Alice, who has recently become engaged, has to make the difficult decision of which dad will walk her down the aisle.

My Brother And Me

In this inspiring documentary TV presenter Jeff Brazier explores his relationship with his brother Spencer, who has cerebral palsy.

Spencer is 24. He has never had a job or a girlfriend and spends his days watching TV and playing computer games. Jeff believes that despite his disability Spencer is capable of living a much more active and fulfilling life. Now Jeff is planning to put his theories to the test.

Jeff and Spencer spend some serious time together while their mum (Spencer’s full-time carer) gets away for a much-needed break, as Spencer moves in to Jeff’s house in Essex. What Spencer doesn’t know is the intense programme that Jeff’s got in store for him. Jeff wants to push his brother to make some real changes in his life – but will Jeff’s tough love prove too much for their already fragile relationship?

Jeff says: “Through embarking on this journey with Spencer I hope to provide the catalyst that will enable him to find himself, his courage and his confidence, break down the psychological restrictions he places on himself and for us to grow close once more after our 15 years of living with some distance between us.”

My Brother And Me is the surprising and uplifting journey of two people finally learning how to understand and accept each other for who they are.

Cheryl Taylor, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning today announced an exciting new pilot for BBC Three.

The Jason Lewis Experience is a 30-minute show which sees a mix of pre-recorded sketches featuring Jason’s take on a variety of famous people, and some of his own characters along with a musical finale.

Throughout the show Jason will parody the nuances of race and culture in everyday modern life, as well as looking in on the world of celebrity, whether it’s Jay-Z trying to deal with one of his with his 99 Problems or Tinchy Strider lamenting on the challenges of getting with the ladies when you’re a tiny pop star.

Fans of will be familiar with Jason’s sketches, as the site has been showcasing his work over the last few months, after discovering him on YouTube. Through the pilot they will be able to enjoy the return of characters such as Nanny Discipline, the kick ass granny, and Jay-Z, as well as a host of new additions including David Cameron, Prince Harry and Dizzee Rascal.

Cheryl Taylor, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, said: “Jason is an incredibly talented young comedian, who has so far starred alongside some comedy veterans as well as building up a loyal online fan base for his own work. We are delighted to have commissioned a pilot featuring some of his best characters and look forward to a host of new ones.”

The show will be filmed in September and air later this year. The show was commissioned by Cheryl Taylor and Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC Three. It will be produced by Nana Hughes (Comedy Live Presents: Russell Brand, Friday Night Project) and the team behind hit comedy Miranda, executive produced by Jo Sargent (Miranda and Coming Of Age).

Jason has starred in various BBC comedy shows, such as Miranda and Bellamy’s People for BBC Two, Coming of Age for BBC Three, and will feature in the forthcoming series of Armstrong And Miller.


BBC Three presents a ground-breaking series of programmes about young people with autism.

Most young adults take their freedom for granted – they can choose their friends, stay out late, learn to drive and decide what they want to do as a career. For people growing up on the autistic spectrum, life can be very different.

But what is it like to grow up living with autism? In a series of warm and insightful films, BBC Three explores the complex lives of these young people as well as the challenges they face.

Danny Cohen, Controller BBC Three, says: “Thought-provoking factual programming sits at the heart of BBC Three and I hope the diverse range of documentaries and events in the season will be insightful, challenging and inspiring.”

The Autistic Me – 1 Year On (working title)

Following on from last year’s acclaimed documentary, The Autistic Me, this new film catches up with Oliver, Alex and Thomas a year after director Matt Rudge first met them. For the lives of these young men on the autistic spectrum, the past 12 months has seen some dramatic changes and upheavals in all of their lives, as they continue their journey into adulthood.

The Autistic Driving School (working title)

Most teenagers want to learn how to drive. It represents a coming of age, a new beginning and a sense of freedom, but it is a daunting and stressful experience even for the calmest of individuals – much more so for those with autism.

Autism, Disco And Me

Andy and Sheila Hobley have three children, 16-year-old Alex and 10-year-old twins George and James. But they are not a typical family – all three boys have autism. Alex is an Emo, George likes playing computer games and James likes dancing – he is, in fact, a champion disco dancer.

The Autistic Proms (working title)

A two-part documentary series with a unique event at its heart has been commissioned as part of BBC Three’s Living With Autismseason. The Autistic Proms (working title) follows a group of young autistic people with a passion for music, as they prepare for what could be the biggest night of their lives.



The gripping finale of the second series of Being Human attracted an audience of one million (4.1%) last night (Sunday 28 February) on BBC Three.

BBC Three’s popular and critically-acclaimed drama about supernatural housemates has once again proved a great success for the channel, with an audience of 1.6 million tuning into the launch episode of this series – an increase of half-a-million on the launch of series one (1.1 million).

Series two has averaged 1.2 million/4.2% and 8.2% amongst 16-34s, and across the week reaches 3.3 million, 8.4% amongst 16-34s.

It has also received 1.7 million requests on BBC iPlayer across the series, with all eight episodes still available to watch for the next seven days.

Being Human’s website – – is BBC Three’s best performing site ever and has built a dedicated fan-base through regularly updated posts from cast and crew throughout the show’s two series.

BBC Three is now the most-watched digital channel for the hours it broadcasts and, since its relaunch, it has grown young audiences by 30%.

Being Human is produced by Touchpaper Television, written by Toby Whithouse and stars Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, Lenora Crichlow and Sinead Keenan.

It has been commissioned for a third series for 2011 by Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC Three, and Ben Stephenson, Controller, Drama Commissioning, where the housemates will relocate to Wales.

Series two of Being Human
“Fantastic.” ***** Heat

“Warm, witty, sexy, and… very human” Guardian

“British genre telly has seldom looked in such fine fettle”
Time Out

“One of the best new British series of last year returns” Independent

“Funny, moving, unmissable and the highlight of my weekend” Sun (Lorraine Kelly)

“A series that’s as much about human nature as it is about spookiness and bloodsucking – and that’s why it works” Daily Telegraph

“The best vampire series on TV (yes, we think little old BBC Three’s Being Human is better than mega US hit True Blood)”
TV Times

“Smart and cultish comedy horror… excellent”
Total TV Guide

Following the huge success of his first series, Russell Howard will be returning to BBC Three with two more helpings of his topical news show.

Series one was the best performing studio-based entertainment show BBC Three has ever launched.

Series two will hit our screens next month, with a third series planned for later this year.

Once again, Russell will scour the media looking for the big stories dominating the news agenda and offer his own unique perspective on them.

He will also be picking out the sometimes overlooked little news nuggets that make him smile.

Russell Howard said of the re-commission: “I just want to say thanks to everyone who watched the show and I can’t wait to start working on the next series.”

BBC Executive Editor for Entertainment, Karl Warner, said: “BBC Three is all about supporting new talent and trying new things. Russell is proof of this and a proper star.

“His first series was a huge hit with BBC Three’s young audience and we’re delighted he’s returning to the channel with not one, but two, more runs.”

Filmed weekly in front of a live studio audience, Russell Howard’s Good News also encourages fans at home to get involved and shape the news agenda by submiting stories online at – where they will also be able to view exclusive extra features – or via Twitter at

The series, made by Avalon Television, will be produced by Mark Iddon, series produced by Robyn O’Brien and directed by Peter Orton. The executive producers are Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner and James Taylor, and Karl Warner for the BBC.

BBC Three gives election advice to 16-34 year olds in two short trails fronted by the BBC Business Editor Robert Peston.

Made by the BBC’s Current Affairs team, the first 30-second film reminds BBC Three viewers that they must register if they want to vote in the upcoming General Election and Peston explains how to go about it.

The trail will be shown on the channel for the first time on Wednesday 27 January 2010.

In the second 60-second film Peston explains how to vote and this will be shown closer to the election this year.

Robert Peston says: “With the economy in such a delicate state, the forthcoming General Election may be the most important in decades. So registering to vote is more important than ever.”

Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC Three, adds: “We want to do everything we can to make sure young people know their voting options.

“Robert Peston is passionate about education and young people and he felt like the perfect person to front these short films.”

Research for the BBC suggests that young people are keen to have more information about elections and voting and BBC Three reaches this audience.

Robert Peston is also fronting six short films shot exclusively for BBC Three online called Peston On Money in which he aims to explain how we got into the biggest financial disaster in half a century and what you need to know to protect yourself.

A season full of brand new shows; major returning hits; new comic talent; gripping drama and hard-hitting documentaries on the back of a record-breaking 2009.

BBC Three enters 2010 at the top of its game with more young people than ever before watching the channel, and a Winter/Spring season brimming with the next generation of creative talent.

Russell Tovey, Nicola Roberts, Dan Clark, Robert Peston, Johnny Vegas, Russell Howard, Simon Bird, Harriet Braun, Catherine Johnson – just some of the artists gracing BBC Three both in front of and behind the screen in 2010.

The channel is now the most watched amongst 16-34s for the hours it broadcasts with 4.8 million watching every week.

Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC Three, said: “BBC Three has evolved a great deal in the last couple of years, with the channel growing by 29% since its re-launch. I believe my mission is clear – to provide thought-provoking and entertaining programmes for young viewers, featuring young British talent.

“Our new programme line-up delivers on this promise. It is a rich and innovative combination of thought-provoking Documentaries, fresh Comedy and Drama, and hit Entertainment – and I feel confident that we will continue to attract young viewers in 2010.”

Season Highlights
Bold, original drama now sits at the heart of BBC Three and a new year sees the return of the hit Being Human. Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner are back as George, Annie and Mitchell – a werewolf, a ghost and a vampire trying to live normal lives. The critically-acclaimed drama will also be back for a third series which sees the housemates relocate from their current home in Bristol to Wales – a move triggered by events in the dramatic climax of the second series.

Created by Harriet Braun (Mistresses, Attachments), Lip Service is a modern relationship drama following the lives of a group of twenty-something lesbians living in Glasgow. Produced by Kudos Film and Television (Ashes To Ashes, Spooks, Life On Mars) the drama stars Laura Fraser as Cat, a self-assured architect; Ruta Gedmintas as Frankie, a spirited photographer; and Fiona Button who plays Tess, a struggling actress.

The channel’s commitment to new original UK drama remains as strong as ever with the commission of three new pilots which will result in one going to full series – a repeat of BBC Three’s experiment two years ago resulted in the commission of the hugely successful Being Human.

Written by Catherine Johnson, best known for the film Mamma Mia, Dappers is a Bristol-based comedy about Faye and Ashley who are young mothers and best mates living in housing association flats in well-to-do Clifton.

Pulse is a medical horror drama based in St Timothy’s – one of the UK’s top teaching hospitals, home to some of the country’s most promising trainee doctors. But beneath its veneer of medical normality lies a secret network of dangerous experiments pushing back the boundaries of science itself, with potentially horrifying consequences. Pulse is written by Paul Cornell.

Written by Leo Richardson and inspired by his stage play, Stanley Park is a sharply observed, character-based ensemble comedy drama. Set in a south London suburb, it tells the story of a group of young friends experiencing the hilarious but often painful upheavals that take place during a tumultuous period in their lives.


BBC Three remains the only digital channel to tackle serious issues for young viewers and the channel goes one step further this year with a range of fresh, new projects.

In a pioneering new dance show Dancing On Wheels, six celebrities are paired with six wheelchair users as they compete to represent the UK in the European Wheelchair dance championships.

Coached and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Brian Fortuna the celebrity dancers are Heather Small; Caroline Flack; Kevin Sacre; Martin Offiah; Michelle Gayle and Mark Foster. Their dances, which include the waltz, cha cha cha, tango and rumba, are judged by Strictly’s James and Ola Jordan and Paralympian Ade Adepitan who must choose which couple to eliminate from the competition each week.

BBC Three presents a ground-breaking season of documentaries about young people with autism called Living With Autism.

Two years ago, James Hobley couldn’t read or write, and then he discovered disco dancing and his world changed. Now, 10-years-old, James could soon be eligible for mainstream school and hopes to win the World Disco Dancing Championships. Disco Kid follows his incredible story.

Autism School follows the experiences of teenagers studying and living together at a specialist boarding school, while The Autistic Driving School follows young autistic people facing the challenging rite of passage that is learning to drive.

The season also includes a follow up to last year’s acclaimed documentary The Autistic Me. It follows the fortunes of three young people with autism, and their families, as they continue their difficult journey to adulthood.

In the build up to the World Cup, five Wags of top English footballers leave behind their privileged lives to undertake a life-changing journey to understand the reality of daily life in South Africa. In Wags In South Africa (working title), Chantelle Tagoe (Emille Heskey’s partner), Ellie Darby (Matthew Upson’s partner), Elen Rivas (Frank Lampard’s ex-partner) and Amii Grove and Imogen Thomas, the former girlfriends of Jermaine Pennant and Jermaine Defoe, are faced with the stark reality of the orphan crisis, HIV pandemic and social breakdown that engulfs the country.

Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts explores the extremes to which some people go to achieve the perfect tan in What Would You Do For A Tan?

Other documentaries featuring in the Dangerous Pleasures Season include Stag Weekends – The Dirty Secrets in which BBC reporter Simon Boazman investigates the impact that the stag industry is having on the sex trade in Europe.

Current Affairs

In 2010 BBC Three’s commitment to hard-hitting current affairs continues with a series of documentaries that follow young people as they explore fresh challenges and troubles in foreign lands.

In Judith: Going Back to Congo, Thandie Newton narrates a film which follows 23-year-old Judith as she returns to the Democratic Republic of Congo where rape has become a weapon of war.

In Nel: From Camden To Kabul, 21-year-old Nel returns to Afghanistan to find out what life for women was like under the Taliban, and how much life has really changed for women since.

Girls On The Frontline follows four extraordinary young women pushed to their limits as they serve in the British Army on the frontline of the conflict in Afghanistan. With unprecedented access, BBC Three explores how these young women, all in their twenties, face frontline battle and the challenges of some of the most violent months for British forces so far.

For the first time, award-winning business journalist Robert Peston comes to BBC Three in Peston On Money (working title). In six short films, shot exclusively for online and aimed at young people, Robert examines how the UK was hit by the largest financial disaster in half a century and what viewers can do to protect themselves. He also chairs a BBC Three audience debate tackling a wide range of issues including why debt is dangerous.

Lindsay Lohan travels across India to meet the people involved in child trafficking in Lindsay Lohan In India (working title). From poverty-stricken parents sending their children away to work, to traffickers trying to make a quick buck, Lindsay questions if there is any solution to this abominable trade.

There’s plenty of fresh, new comedy on BBC Three this year. In a brand new show, critically-acclaimed character comedian Simon Brodkin unleashes his London Geeza in… Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show.

Russell Tovey plays Steve, a laddish man with no desire to seek employment, in a hilarious and often shocking comedy about what really goes on behind the bedroom doors of today’s twenty-somethings in Young, Lazy And Unemployed.

Puppets join the cast on BBC Three this year in the shape of We Are Mongrels. This ambitious new comedy tells the tale of four urban animals who hang out together in the bin yard of an inner-city pub.

In The Gemma Factor, Gemma Collinge has only one ambition – to be famous by the time she’s 21. Living in a tiny backwater, Gemma dreams of escaping to the Big Smoke for the bright lights and all its trappings.

In the coming months, the entertainment slate should give young audiences plenty to make them smile.

One of the runaway hits of 2009, Russell Howard’s Good News is back as, each week, Russell scours the media looking for the big stories dominating the news and offering his own unique perspective.

In the exciting new comedy panel show, The King Is Dead, a well-known public figure is hypothetically bumped off each week and a comic interview panel led by Simon Bird must scour the Great British celebrity pool for a top-notch replacement.

Following the hit series, The Undercover Princes, BBC Three once again throws open the regal runway to welcome three princesses in The Undercover Princesses who head for the UK in search of their very own Prince Charming.

– A specially commissioned new film of Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring with the Balletboyz on BBC Three combining documentary and performance
– Contemporary choreographers celebrate Diaghilev in performance televised from Sadler’s Wells on BBC Four
– A new film looks at the artistic and cultural legacy of the Ballets Russes on BBC Four
– In a unique collaboration with the Balletboyz, BBC Three broadcasts a powerful new version of Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring specially commissioned as part of December programming on the BBC marking the 100th anniversary of the Ballets Russes.

Televised in the lead up to Christmas this joins exclusive performance from Sadler’s Wells and a new film documenting the artistic and cultural legacy of this legendary company on BBC Four.

The Balletboyz, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, handpick the most exciting talent they can find; a dynamic mix of professional and amateur dancers, all of them drawn from radically different modern dance styles including Tango, Street, Contemporary and Pole Dancing.

Following a brief selection process, the boys put together a unique company for this radical new interpretation of Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring to be shown on BBC Three.

The film traces the history for Stravinsky’s seminal work which famously provoked riots in Paris at its premiere in 1913. Presented by the Balletboyz, the film culminates in a version of the work and offers an insight into the entire creative process.

It features interviews with the choreographers Paul Roberts and Freddie Opoku-Addaie and the dancers themselves in addition to behind-the-scenes footage following the development of the project from the selection process, intensive rehearsal period and performance.

Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC Three, says: “BBC Three wants to keep building its reputation for innovative Arts events. The Balletboyz’ contemporary energy feels like a fantastic way for us to do this over the holidays.”

Richard Klein, Controller of BBC Four, says: “The combination of one of the most inventive and musically exciting ballet scores being performed by one of Britain’s foremost dance groups will doubtless ensure a great watch.

“And I am delighted that we are exploring the heritage of Ballet Russes through what promises to be a compelling documentary as well as through live performance.”

Peter Maniura, Head of Classical Music Television and Dance, says: “It was new, it was shocking, it was beautiful, it was the Ballet Russes and it was the birth of modern dance. A century on, BBC Three and BBC Four audiences will have the chance to sample this rich cocktail of emotion in a series of specially commissioned programmes which tell the story of their immense cultural legacy through both documentary and performance.”

BBC Four televises a celebration of Diaghilev from London’s Sadler’s Wells showcasing some of today’s most acclaimed choreographers.

For the latest Sadlers Wells production, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Javier de Frutos, Russell Maliphant and Wayne McGregor and have each created new works reflecting upon the collaborative influence of the Ballets Russes and evoking the essence of the ground-breaking impresario Diaghilev himself.

Each choreographer will work with all or part of their own companies for this tribute production marking the Ballets Russes centenary.

In The Spirit of Diaghilev is broadcast on BBC Four in December.

A new film commissioned for BBC Four traces the legacy of the Ballets Russes and its enduring influence on dance, art and culture. For Art’s Sake – The Story Of Ballets Russes explores Diaghilev’s role as ringmaster and brings to life the story of this extraordinary impresario whose remarkable ability to bring artists together resulted in the creation of a company whose cultural impact can be traced across 20th century design, choreography, music and art.

Contributors include Wayne Eagling, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, designer Jasper Conran and Frederic Franklin who performed with the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo for 20 years and saw the Ballets Russes perform in 1929.

The Ballets Russes season includes another opportunity to see Riot At The Rite, a dramatisation of events around the notorious premiere of Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring.

Adam Garcia stars as Vaslav Nijinsky, arguably the greatest male ballet dancer of all time and Alex Jennings is the great Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev, founder of the Ballet Russes, for whom Nijinsky worked as a pioneering choreographer as well as dancer.

The cast also includes Aidan McArdle, Rachel Stirling, Emma Pierson and Griff Rhys Jones as the owner of the Theatre Champs Elysees where the premiere was staged and who was bankrupted by the event.

The Finnish National Ballet and Zenaida Yanowsky perform the ballet and Osmo Vanska directs the BBC Symphony Orchestra, in what was a new recording of Stravinsky’s work made for the drama.

Riot at the Rite was first broadcast on BBC Two in 2006.

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