BBC Three returns - people are pitching their favourite cancelled shows for the channel

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BBC Three returned to TV with a new series of 'Drag Race'. (World of Wonder/Guy Levy)

BBC Three returned to TV on Tuesday night after six years as an online-only channel and viewers have been sharing their suggestions for shows they'd love to see it feature.

The channel first launched in 2003, debuting many of BBC's biggest comedy and entertainment shows, but was moved to online only in 2016 as part of a cost-cutting measure.

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On Tuesday, the channel relaunched on air with new Drag Race series RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs The World and people began sharing their ideas for shows they'd love to see revived.

Many viewers who remembered BBC Three from its early days on air expressed their disappointment that entertainment news show Liquid News, which began on BBC Choice and then moved to BBC Three when it first launched, had not been brought back.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's unique comedy creation aired its second and final series this year, but not before reaching huge levels of popularity as it captured the attentions of US fans. But before it bowed out for good, it made sure it left its mark by leaving thousands with a crush on Andrew Scott's gin in a tin fan: the Hot Priest. The humour, heartbreaking dialogue and exploration of grief ensures <em>Fleabag</em>'s place in television history. (BBC)
The channel has launched hits such as 'Fleabag'. (BBC)

One person tweeted: "I miss Liquid News and Celebdaq . Surely the latter - if not both - are due a comeback?!?!?"

Someone else agreed: "Can’t believe they haven’t relaunched #BBCThree with a Liquid News reboot! What in the name of Paddy O’Connell is going on?"

Another viewer suggested: "Welcome back! Any chance of showing some Liquid News to commemorate the very wonderful Christopher Price? The 20th anniversary of his death is on 21st April and it would be lovely to remember him in some way."

Viewers wanted a return of the 'Doctor Who' spin-off documentary. (BBC)
Viewers wanted a return of the 'Doctor Who' spin-off documentary. (BBC)

Others were hoping to see a revamped Doctor Who Confidential, the documentary spin-off about the making of the sci-fi hit.

A fan tweeted: "Alright @bbcthree, I tuned in and watched your launch party and your drag race now where is my doctor who confidential revival."

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Others reminisced about their favourite shows that they used to tune in to when BBC Three was first on air.

Someone tweeted: "Nice to have bbc three back, ‘don’t tell the bride’ and ‘sun, sex & suspicious parents’ were the shows."

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Another person added: "Is BBC Three even BBC Three without the 10pm repeats of #EastEnders though?"

Viewers also thought the refreshed channel could be the perfect home for old shows from other broadcasters.


Someone else suggested: "All I’m saying is bbc three would be the perfect home for Big Brother."

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'The Fast and The Farmer-ish' is one of BBC Three's new shows. (Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press)

During its first stint on TV, BBC Three debuted shows including Gavin & Stacey, Him & Her and Being Human, and while it was online only it launched Fleabag and Killing Eve.

New shows for the revival on TV include toxic masculinity sitcom Peacock, drama Life and Death in the Warehouse which is based on real-life accounts from employees, and reality shows Love in the Flesh hosted by Zara McDermott, and tractor contest The Fast and the Farmer-ish.

BBC Three airs nightly from 7pm.

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