Wheelchair Strictly Come Dancing among BBC3 offerings
Published 08/01/2010 | 10:25
A wheelchair version of Strictly Come Dancing, a lesbian relationship drama and a programme introducing footballers' 'WAGs' to South African Aids orphans are among the latest offerings from the BBC.
All feature in the new season line-up for BBC Three, the Corporation's oft-criticised digital 'youth channel'.
Dancing On Wheels will team celebrity dancers with wheelchair users in a "pioneering" format. Lip Service promises "a modern relationship drama following the lives of a group of 20-something lesbians living in Glasgow".
Wags In South Africa will take five past and present girlfriends of Premiership footballers, including Frank Lampard's ex, Elen Rives, to investigate the harsh side of life in South Africa ahead of the World Cup.
Other shows scheduled for the coming season include Lindsay Lohan in India, in which the US actress seeks a solution to child trafficking.
Last week, PD James, the author and former BBC Governor, took director-general Mark Thompson to task for BBC Three's output.
Referring to past shows, which have included Britain's Most Embarrassing Pets and Help Me Anthea, I'm Infested, Lady James said: "If one opens the Radio Times and puts a ruler across all the programmes and asks, 'Which is the BBC? Which is public service broadcasting?', it might not be very easy to pick out."
Other critics include John Humphrys, presenter of BBC Radio 4's Today programme, who has suggested that BBC Three and sister channel BBC Four be axed.