BBC Three to return as TV channel in 2022

Isobel Lewis
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 (BBC/Two Brothers/Luke Varley)
(BBC/Two Brothers/Luke Varley)

BBC Three will return as a TV channel in January 2022.

The youth channel, which first began in 2003, was taken off air and moved to BBC iPlayer in February 2016.

Since then, it was produced internationally renowned shows such as Fleabag, Normal People and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

However, it was announced on Tuesday (2 March) that the channel would be returning to terrestrial TV.

The BBC’s chief content officer Charlotte Moore said: “BBC Three is a BBC success story, backing creativity, new talent and brave ideas... The BBC needs to back success and make sure its programmes reach as many young people as possible wherever they live in the UK.

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BBC/Element Pictures/Hulu

“So regardless of the debates about the past, we want to give BBC Three its own broadcast channel again. It has exciting, groundbreaking content that deserves the widest possible audience and using BBC iPlayer alongside a broadcast channel will deliver the most value.”

Read more: Normal People crowned BBC iPlayer’s most-streamed series of 2020

BBC Three will return to TV in January 2022, with the channel running from 7pm to 4am daily, as it did when it was last on air.

CBBC, the BBC’s children’s channel, will finish earlier at 7pm, as it did before 2016.