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BBC THREE today unveiled an autumn season peppered with new comedy, gory sci-fi drama from the writer of Dr Who and shocking factual entertainment in a major push for younger viewers. The channel's controller, Julian Bellamy, who joined seven months ago from E4, pledged a "focus on younger audiences and determination to put entertainment at the core of what we do".

Despite being the home of cult hits such as Little Britain, BBC Three has struggled to lure younger viewers within its 16 to 34 target range.

In the broadcaster's annual report earlier this month, BBC governors pinpointed "areas for concern", saying: "The channel has a specific remit to appeal to younger audiences but the average age is towards the older end." Mr Bellamy has moved quickly to impose his stamp on the channel, and says the new autumn schedule was "quite a lot" of his own work.

The centrepiece is Torchwood, a drama from Dr Who creator Russell T Davies. The sci-fi thriller stars John Barrowman as captain of a squad of secret agents fighting human and alien threats. A spokeswoman said: "There's blood and snogging in Torchwood that you wouldn't get in Dr Who." Four new comedy series will also premiere this autumn, including Pulling, which was co-written by the late Harry Thompson about single thirtysomething women. Factual entertainment series will include Eataholics, which features people with eating disorders such as a woman who only eats beige food.

Other programmes to attract younger viewers include a live broadcast of the Mobo Awards and a televised festival, the Electric Proms. North London teenagers will also be put in the spotlight in Sixteen, which follows pupils at Tottenham's Northumberland Park Community School in their final year.

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