BBC launches latest wave of comedy pilots exclusively on iPlayer

BBC Three has launched eight comedy pilots exclusively on BBC iPlayer as part of a year-long trial.

The broadcaster, which revealed its plans to commission shows exclusively on its TV catch-up player ahead of their potential TV transmission in February, has released another wave of comedy pilots following the success of its initial trial which began last year.

This included the Feed My Funny comedy strand, which generated more than 1m requests on BBC iPlayer within the first ten days of being made available, according to the broadcaster. Two of the pilots from this strand have now been commissioned as full TV series for BBC Three.

Meanwhile it has also re-commissioned hidden-camera show Impractical Jokers, which first launched on BBC Three last year. Also a mockumentary set in a pirate radio station, called And People Just Do Nothing, became the “most shared” content across the whole of BBC iPlayer for the month of July last year, and will extend to broadcast TV later this year.

The broadcaster has also revealed plans to launch another series of Comedy Feeds exclusively for the iPlayer from this September. .

The eight new comedy pilots are:

Bamboo: two posh idiots try and set up their own nightclub, starring Totally Tom, written by Harry and Jack Williams, produced by Roughcut.

Kerry: multi-character sketch show written by and starring Kerry Howard. Produced by Objective.

Fuzzbox: a puppet show featuring the voices of real young people. Produced by My Pockets.

C Bomb: C Bomb is the godfather of the South Yorkshire dubstep scene. Since 'Rektal Dysfunction' he’s been living on former glories. All that is set to change. Starring YouTube’s Rob Madin and written by Rob, Jason Cook and Daniel Peake. From BBC In-House comedy.

The Cariad Show: multi-character sketch show from comedian, writer and improviser Cariad Lloyd. From BBC In-House comedy.

Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment: raucous, studio-based comedy show from the star of BBC Three’s Live At The Electric, Nick Helm. From BBC In-House comedy.

The Committee Meeting: starring Welsh comics Elis James and Chris Corcoran. We enter the committee meeting of a Welsh social club. Produced by Tiger Aspect.

Going Native: mock documentary staring Mona Yousefi who plays three different foreign women. Produced by Hat Trick. BBC Commissioning Executive is Sean Hancock.

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