Clearly the BBC is expecting this autumn to be a very competitive season; alongside the flagship reality show Fame Academy, several new shows have been commissioned across the entertainment, drama and factual genres of programming.
Details of upcoming programmes by genre can be found below.
- Celeb - starring Harry Enfield and Amanda Holden "arsing about in cars" around their Surrey "Rockmansionfordshire" home
- The Chair - John McEnroe hosts the quiz show in which contestants' heartbeats are monitored
- Bedtime - a new run of Andy Hamilton's mini-soap
- Fame Academy - airing across BBC network and digital TV, Radio 1 and online, this is the corporation's flagship reality show for the autumn season
- Wild West - new comedy from Men Behaving Badly's Simon Nye, starring Dawn French as a post office owner in Cornwall
- My Family - comedy returns for a new run
- Judgemental - Sophie Raworth moves from breakfast to daytime, hosting a new quiz show
- The Project - Two-part drama charting New Labour's rise to power in 1997
- Jeffrey Archer - The Truth - an "alternative, irreverent history of modern Britain"
- Daniel Deronda - three-part adaptation of George Eliot's novel
- Sparkhouse - "heart wrenching love story" set in Yorkshire
- Trust - Robson Green, Sarah Parish and Ian McShane star in this new drama set in a law firm
- Murphy's Law - James Nesbitt is back in crime drama
- Red Cap - Tamzin Outhwaite stars as army detective Jo McDonagh
- Out Of Control - BBC One's first wholly improvised drama, to be shown as part of BBC One's 'Cracking Crime Day'
- Dalziel and Pascoe - Warren Clarke and Colin Buchanan return for a new run of hit series
- Silent Witness - Amanda Burton returns for a new series
- Judge John Deed - returns for a new run
- Linda Green - Liza Tarbuck returns in a new series
- Doctors - the daytime soap returns for a fourth series
- Casualty - back for a seventeenth series
- Holby City - now in its fifth series, this spin-off from Casualty looks to be settled in the BBC One schedules
Factual programmes dominate the autumn slate, evidently in response to accusations that the channel has been becoming more ratings-focused rather than sticking to its public service objectives. The Media Guardian today reports that the schedule has been described as "quintessentially public service" - and looking at the range of factual programmes on offer it certainly looks as if some of the factual balance has been restored. The flagship factual programme will be Cracking Crime, the autumn version of BBC One's Your NHS day. David Attenborough is returning to the channel with Life Of Mammals; Peter Snow will be presenting live coverage of submersible diving; Jeremy Bowen examines the life of Moses; Michael Palin goes to the Sahara; Omnibus returns for a new series; Professor Robert Winston is back on our screens with Human Instinct; and Inside Out starts a new series of regional factual programmes.
On September 11, the channel will screen CBS' 9/11 documentary as part of a day of special coverage on the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the US.
Other factual programmes returning include Watchdog, Kenyon Confronts and Panorama.
Football, Rugby Union, Horse Racing, Tennis and Athetics round off the mix of programmes on BBC One with sport.
Concluding, BBC One's controller said: "BBC One has been growing in confidence and range, and the foundations of a strong and mixed schedule are now in place.
"But the success we've had doesn't give us permission to relax, it inspires us to reach higher and wider.
"Audiences want BBC One to move with the times, be more relevant, more contemporary, more challenging but they also don't want to lose the things they like best about the channel.
"The trick is to do both - and I think we're about half way there, this season you're beginning to see BBC One as it should be with a well balanced mix of programmes.
"BBC One should reflect contemporary society and the issues that affect us all - in fact and in fiction.
"This autumn, we've worked hard to do that and we look forward to seeing the viewers response to this stimulating season."