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BBC Three may be moving online, but it has some pretty exciting plans ahead. According to controller Damian Kavanagh, the channel is working on a real-life murder story in the same vein as 'Serial', the weekly non-fiction podcast that proved a smash hit last year.

"It's a real-life story we've got in development," Kavanagh said, speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. "It's a murder case. It's absolutely brilliant and compelling and we'll do that as a serialised [narrative]."

BBC Three is scheduled to move online early next year. When it does, it should have about £3 million to spend on drama. Kavanagh sees the likes of 'Serial' as a way to stretch the budget.

He said: 'Serial' is an example of how to "do narrative in different ways alongside the beautiful dramas we're going to make from writers.

"I'm going to try and be creative in terms of what we can do to make the drama budget go as far as it can."

But the series won't just be a podcast.

"It will be video, audio, it will be maps, you will be able to immerse yourself fully in it and get involved in it," Kavanagh said.

Under current plans, BBC Three will be shut down as a broadcast channel on March 1st. From then, it will only exist online.


Radio Times

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