BBC Three start time and schedule as channel returns to TV tonight

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BBC Three returns to TV TONIGHT (1 February 2022) – here’s all you need to know.

The channel went online only in 2016 with its content such as Killing Eve, Fleabag and Normal People streaming via the BBC iPlayer.


The BBC revealed in 2021 that it would welcome BBC Three back to TV screens this year, broadcasting between 7PM and 4AM daily.

BBC Three will be back on 1 February 2022, starting at 7PM with a special launch show. The opening night schedule will be led by the launch of RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK Versus together with new Celebrity specials of Eating with My Ex and the premiere of new comedy Lazy Susan.

BBC Three launch schedule

7PM – BBC Three x Radio 1: The Launch Party
7:55PM – The Catch-Up
8PM – Celebrity Eating with My Ex

8:30PM – Celebrity Eating with My Ex
9PM – RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs the World
10:15PM – Lazy Susan

10:30PM – Cherry Valentine: Gypsy Queen and Proud
11:30PM – Fleabag (Season 1, Episode 1)
11:55PM – Fleabag (Season 1, Episode 2)


Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three said of the launch: “This is a big moment, with the new channel providing a destination for young audiences to discover more content on the BBC.

“We will work hand in hand with iPlayer to provide a broad offering that is representative of the whole of the UK and we will continue to back new talent and bold ideas.

“This approach will bring the audience a distinctive mix of programmes that are there to entertain, inspire and challenge thinking, at a pivotal and exciting time to be young in the UK.”

Speaking of BBC Three’s planned return earlier this year, BBC’s Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore commented: “BBC Three is a BBC success story, backing creativity, new talent and brave ideas has resulted in hit after hit, from Fleabag and Man Like Mobeen, Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK and Jesy Nelson’s Odd One Out, to Normal People and This Country.

“The BBC needs to back success and make sure its programmes reach as many young people as possible wherever they live in the UK.

“So regardless of the debates about the past, we want to give BBC Three its own broadcast channel again.


“It has exciting, groundbreaking content that deserves the widest possible audience and using BBC iPlayer alongside a broadcast channel will deliver the most value.”

For now you can watch BBC Three shows online via the BBC iPlayer here.

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