At MCM London Comic Con today, BBC3 held a panel for the show Pls Like, the comedy about YouTube vloggers, sending up the likes of Zoella and Alfie as well as the whole YouTube celebrity management system. If you’ve never seen it, we have the full series embedded below. Because we’re nice.
The series created by Olly Cambridge, starred and was co-written by Liam Williams, as well as starring Tim Key, Jon Pointing and Emma Sidi, and directed Tom Kingsley.
Bleeding Cool will have full video from the panel to run tomorrow. But we did get the news that they are planning a second series for 2018, if a new pilot goes well – and intend to twist the focus of the show away from YouTube vloggers to Instagram vloggers
Here’s the series in full if you want to catch up on YouTube, or you can watch on the BBC iPlayer here. I rather rated it – indeed it was the show that my twelve-year-old daughter and I found common ground over. The second series can’t come quickly enough for me.
BBC Three was a British television channel operated by the BBC. Launched on 9 February 2003 as a replacement for BBC Choice, the service’s remit was to provide “innovative” programming to a target audience of viewers between 16 and 34 years old, leveraging technology as well as new talent.
Unlike its commercial rivals, 90% of BBC Three’s output originated from the United Kingdom. 70% was original, covering all genres, including animation, comedy, current affairs, and drama. BBC Three had a unique 60 Seconds format for its news bulletins, adopted so that operation of the channel could be completely automated, without the complication of dealing with variable-length live news broadcasts.
Until February 2016, the network broadcast on Freeview, digital cable, IPTV and Satellite television platforms, and was on-air from 7 pm to around 4 am each night to share terrestrial television bandwidth with CBBC. In March 2014, as a result of a planned £100 million budget cut across the BBC, it was proposed that BBC Three be discontinued as a television service, and be converted to an over-the-top Internet television service with a smaller programming budget and a focus on short-form productions. Despite significant public opposition, the proposal was provisionally approved by the BBC Trust in June 2015, with a new consultation open until 30 September of that year. The TV channel ceased operations on 16 February 2016, replaced by an online-only version.
Pls Like was such a commission for online-only and, given its nature, was also uploaded onto YouTube at the same time.
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