The BBC will continue to make more traditional arts programmes for BBC Two, including a profile of Frida Kahlo, a Lucy Worsley series about Agatha Christie, and a series in which Simon Schama charts post-war history through the artists, writers and musicians who fought for democracy and equality.
Another documentary will tell the story of Una Marson, a poet, playwright and campaigner who became the first black producer and broadcaster at the BBC.
Marson joined the BBC’s Empire Service during the Second World War and, through her programmes, gave voice to Caribbean writers and intellectuals.
“People in this country had not heard voices like Una Marson’s and the ones she brought to us, and we take that for granted now,” said Klein. “She was an amazing force of nature and she has been quite forgotten. That is part of our job, to resurface those stories.”
‘Big television that grabs attention’
Klein was speaking at a launch of the BBC’s new factual programmes.
Clare Mottershead, the BBC’s lead commissioner for factual entertainment, said broadcasters needed to make “big television that grabs the attention” in an effort to hook young viewers.
“I can’t get my child off TikTok, and we’ve got to do something to bring the eyeballs back to our screens,” she said.
BBC shows for this demographic include Go Hard Or Go Home, a reality show in which eight young people who feel “stuck in a rut” or are coping with mental health issues compete in a series of challenges on a tropical island.
Celebrity shows include Alan and Amanda’s Italian Job, in which Alan Carr and Amanda Holden renovate a one-euro property in an Italian village; Planet Sex, in which Cara Delevingne explores gender and sexuality; and Trailblazers, which sends Ruby Wax, Mel B and Emily Atack to follow in the footsteps of Isabella Bird, a 19th-century explorer who trekked 800 miles across the mountains of Colorado.