BBC 2 to get BBC Films' output

BBC Films aims to produce eight films a year

LONDON -- The BBC is cosying up on the sofa with itself as the pubcaster's BBC 2 becomes the principal home for the output of standalone movie arm BBC Films.

The blossoming relationship will be launched and celebrated with the U.K. TV bows for a trio of BBC Films-backed titles over a weekend next month with "The Damned United," "Is Anybody There?" and "Eastern Promises" all scheduled to air.

The decision to make BBC 2 the principal home for BBC Films was made as part of the pubcaster's strategic review earlier this year.

BBC 2 controller Janice Hadlow said: "BBC 2 is committed to showing more quality fiction on the channel, and we're delighted that BBC Films will be part of this. It's wonderful that license fee payers will be able to see these films for free following their theatrical releases."

BBC Films aims to produce around eight films a year working in partnership with major international and U.K. distributors.