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BBC Three – Gone from the airwaves, not from our hearts.

17 February 2016

So that’s it. The end of a much loved and oft-misunderstood branch of BBC’s network, that’s always strived to be different.  

Its final swansong celebrated arguably one its most successful series ever, with a repeat of the first ever episode of Gavin and Stacey.

In tribute to the channel’s unerring commitment to the unusual, we’ve composed something a little different. An ode to BBC Three, if you will.


Oh, how you will be missed, you darling of the four part mini-series.

Bastion of the brash, ballsy lifestyle exposé.

Saviour of the supernatural drama.


Who could forget such classic comedy masterstrokes such as Coming of Age, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, and Danny Dyer: I believe in UFOs.

Yes, I know that you insist on billing that last one as a serious documentary piece.

That’s what makes you so endearingly quirky.

You were never afraid to ask the question several people were thinking, like ‘Footballers, Sex, Money: What’s Gone Wrong?’

Or, ‘Should I Smoke Dope?’

Your transitions from two completely disparate shows were smoother than a late night jazz radio DJ; so seamless from Don’t Tell the Bride to Reggie Yates’ Extreme UK.

You knew how to treat your audience just right, ensuring drunken students stumbling in at 1am never missed a repeat of Family Guy.


You were never afraid to take a punt on a new comedy or sketch show. Regardless of the quality of script, actors or concept, everyone was given a shot.

Because of this, we got Little Britain, Russel Howard’s Good News, and Gavin and Stacey.

We also got slightly stranger things, like Mongrels and the Mighty Boosh.

And we experienced My Life as an Animal. Possibly the greatest comedy of them all.


You shall be missed from the airwaves.

Oh BBC Three, we hardly knew thee.

Now the overly sentimental send-off is out of the way, we have to say that moving the channel’s programming to online-only looks to be a smart move from the BBC.

They’ve recognised where their audience is spending most of their time, and changed tack to cater for that.

After all, if you want your message to be heard, it’s a good idea to find the places where people will be around to hear it.