Comedy main attraction for BBC Three’s online launch day


It seems comedy shows are to be the main feature of BBC Three’s launch online on Tuesday 16th February.

Among the programmes launched on the night of the switchover will include the third series of Greg Davies’s sitcom Cuckoo. The series originally focused on father Ken (Davies), whose daughter married an America hippie named Cuckoo while on her gap year. The character of Cuckoo, played by Andy Samberg, was killed off after the end of the first series and was replaced with his long-lost son Dale (Taylor Lautner).

Also featuring on the launch night is a new stand-up series, Live From the BBC, showcasing stand-up performances from comics including James Acaster, Dane Baptiste, and Danish comedian Sofie Hagen, the most recent winner of the Edinburgh Newcomer Comedy Award.

So far the only other programme confirmed for the launch day is a new film in BBC Three’s documentary series Life and Death Row. One of the station’s new online shows is a selection of short stand-alone films from Life and Death Row entitled Love Triangle.

BBC Three is using comedy to promote the switchover, with a trailer featuring People Just Do Nothing’s Chabuddy G (Asim Chaudhry) currently online. People Just Do Nothing, a sitcom about a pirate radio station, began as an online pilot before moving to TV on BBC Three, and now moving back online with a new series shifting with the channel as part of the switchover.