The BBC have unveiled details of BBC First, which will be available to Australian viewers on Foxtel from August. Launch titles, say the corporation, will include recent British hits The Musketeers and Peaky Blindersalong with The Politician’s Husband, single drama Burton and Taylor and the new Alan Partridge mockumentaries. Talent from Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Radcliffe and David Tennant to Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan and Dawn French are all lined up to appear on the channel. Off-screen talent, including Andrew Davies, Jimmy McGovern and Paula Milne, are also behind some of the forthcoming titles.
Australia is the first territory to launch BBC First, one of three new global brands announced by BBC Worldwide in October 2013. It will also benefit from the extra investment BBC Worldwide has pledged for content, an additional £30million across the company for a range of genres, taking BBC Worldwide’s total content investment commitment to £200million pa from 2014/15.
“The BBC has always been pioneering and the launch of BBC First in Australia continues in this spirit, offering something totally unique to the market,” says Jon Penn, Managing Director of BBC Worldwide ANZ. “British drama and comedy has a world-renowned reputation for being clever, complex and immensely enjoyable, attracting top talent on and off the screen. For the first time in Australia, all the very best new British dramas and comedies will be available in one place, giving viewers the opportunity to indulge and immerse themselves in world class creativity.”