On Sunday, May 24, Tony Hall, the BBC Director General, addressed a potential return of BBC Three on the Andrew Marr Show. The channel was taken off-air four years ago, according to Variety.
Hall accredited the newfound success of BBC Three to its adaptation of Sally Rooney’s 2018 novel Normal People with the help of Hulu. The show follows the love story of Marianne Sheridan, played by Daisy Edgar-Jones (War of the Worlds), and Connell Waldron, played by Paul Mescal (Drifting), as they go through school together. Supporting characters include Connell’s roommate Niall, played by Desmond Eastwood (Catcalls), Marianne’s roommate Peggy, played by India Mullen (Red Rock), and Connell’s mother Lorraine, played by Sarah Greene (Rosie).
As told to Variety, Hall described the new online approach for the revised BBC Three venture as a “fantastic creative process.” Money was a deciding factor in removing BBC Three. BBC currently spends between $36-49 million with plans to double in the next two years.
Hall was scheduled to step down in July; however, he told Variety he would continue his duties amid the pandemic and also gave advice for whoever would take his position next: “What you need is a profound belief in public service broadcasting and a realization that to preserve those things that matter, you have to adapt and change. Whatever you do, take the values you stand for and adapt for the future,” Hall said.
Readers can find all 12 episodes of Normal People on Hulu.