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BBC3 turns to crime

UK digital network BBC3 is lining up a season of programs on crime, including Rape: Don't Call Me a Liar, a one-off doc looking at the issues surrounding rape and sexual violence in the UK.
November 30, 2011

UK digital network BBC3 is lining up a season of programs on crime, including Rape: Don’t Call Me a Liar, a one-off doc looking at the issues surrounding rape and sexual violence in the UK.

The 60-minute program investigates why so few sexual assault cases come to court in Great Britain, and why conviction rates are so low. It is produced by BBC NI Current Affairs. Elsewhere in the season, My Mugger and Me, from Renegade Pictures, is an hour-long doc film that reveals the human stories behind the crime statistics, as three young people meet their assailants in a bid to come to terms with being a victim of crime.

Meanwhile, Teenage Gangs UK will see radio DJ Reggie Yates meeting teenagers who see gang membership as one of the few ways of being accepted in their area of London. Also lined up is Prison, My Family and Me (working title), a three-part series from Fresh One Productions. The program follows young people trying to grow up while their carers are in prison or facing a prison sentence.

Also new to the net is Underage, Graphic And Criminal, a 4 x 60-minutes series looking at how many of the crimes committed by teenagers in the UK are captured in self-shot footage from bystanders, victims, and often the offenders themselves.

Finally, My Murder, from BBC Current Affairs, is a 60-minute, one-off factual drama. It tells the true story of Shakilus Townsend, a 16-year-old boy who was led to his death by the 15-year-old he thought was his girlfriend.

“Our season of programs around crime and justice will look at what it’s like to be a young adult in the UK today from the perspectives of both the victims and the perpetrators of a crime,” said BBC3 controller Zai Bennett. “We have a huge range of thought-provoking, real-life stories from My Murder to Underage, Graphic and Criminal, which really get under the skin of crime from a young adult’s perspective.”

On the non-crime front, BBC3 is also lining up Don’t Mind Him, He’s My Midwife, a six-part series produced in-house. The program sets two fathers-to-be the challenge of delivering their own first-borns.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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