Fiona Campbell, the controller of BBC THREE, has revealed her plans to create a “woke” soap that reflects “modern Britain.”
BBC executives are planning to launch a new soap that could compete with EastEnders, according to reports. The goal of creating a “woke” soap on BBC Three, according to controller Fiona Campbell, is to better reflect “modern Britain.” The new show will also explore how “tough” it is for teenagers and people in their twenties to navigate their way through life, according to the content creator.
Fiona revealed her plans ahead of BBC Three’s transition from online-only to broadcast television.
She speculated that the new soap might be set outside of London, where EastEnders is set, and cast members might be found through social media.
This Country, Normal People, and Fleabag have all been popular shows on BBC Three, but the channel has yet to air a soap opera.
Fiona said: “What would it look like? It could be somewhere very specific in modern Britain — Derry or Belfast, Aberdeen or Newcastle.”
“I want to show off a place in all of its glory.” She told The Sun, “I’d like to provide a platform for the cast of the future.”
“You can see how many stars emerged from the early years of EastEnders.”
The soap will also reflect BBC Three’s focus on “how tough it is to be in your teens and early twenties today,” according to the controller.
Fiona also believes that rather than just watching shows on BBC iPlayer, young people still want to have a “shared experience” with television.
Some BBC viewers took to Twitter to voice their thoughts a new soap, with Dee Lyn saying: “Heard this morning on the Steve Allen show LBC, that the BBC are planning a ‘woke’ soap to replace the slumping Eastenders, this must be the end of them, enough!”
@ItsMeBillysson commented: “So it will be divisive and not include those whose views may differ then? Going against the whole point of inclusivity.”
Other social media users, on the other hand, have reacted positively to the news, with Lucky Roy Singh saying, “I agree @TVFIONA is talking sense to make soaps more interesting for young people [as] we need to see relatable real-life issues.”
“We need to see representation that includes current storylines!” There are so many topics to discuss.”
“I thought Eastenders was the woke soap since its creation,” Andrew Byrne said.
Emmerdale and Coronation Street will now air back-to-back three nights a week, thanks to a new time slot announced by ITV.
This means that EastEnders, which has been struggling in the ratings for several years, will be up against more ITV rival soaps.
Emmerdale and Coronation Street will undergo major changes in March.
The move is said to bring the “biggest expansion of jobs in ITV News” for two decades.
“As viewing habits rapidly change, live audiences to our national and international news programs remain remarkably strong,” Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Managing Director of Media and Entertainment, said of the news.
“In 2021, our evening news program drew an impressive 35.6 million viewers. We’re thrilled to be announcing this investment in ITV’s key public service strength – high-quality, unbiased, and trusted broadcast journalism – at a time when it’s more important than ever.”
“With the new scheduling, viewers will be able to watch them live on TV in one sitting for a continuous soap fix, as well as on ITV Hub, where they are regularly in the most-watched shows every month,” he continued.
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