Tuesday, December 8, 2015


I've been checking the back catalogue of bon mots and buzz-words uttered by (or written for ?) Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC2 and BBC4. Signature stuff.

November: "BBC Two has cemented a unique reputation for clever quizzes like no other channel and I’m thrilled that Insert Name Here is joining our line-up. With the terrific Sue Perkins at the helm alongside the fantastic Josh and Richard you couldn’t ask for better company and this show promises to be both entertaining and enlightening.”

August "I want BBC Two to give writers and directors the space to do their most creative, signature work."

June “BBC Two is a fantastic showcase for the some of the most exciting and acclaimed documentary film-makers working in the UK; alongside the incredible drama writers and producers we have on the channel, they make BBC Two a real platform for the best of British creativity."

April "The sheer range and quality of content I’m announcing today demonstrates the unique role BBC Two plays in enhancing people’s lives and contributing to the creative life of the UK. From enabling British writing, presenting and directing talent to do their most distinctive, signature work to Factual with real purpose that tackles contemporary issues in lively, intelligent ways or encourages viewers to take their passions further, I want BBC Two to be the place to come for widest range of grown up, opinionated and entertaining content on British television.”

January "BBC Two had a fantastic 2014, ending the year as the only terrestrial channel to grow both reach and share in peak in Christmas week. BBC Two has a strong platform from which to continue to be creative and lively and I’m looking forward to the New Year with ambitious plans for the future."

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