BBC3 has commissioned five factual and current affairs documentary programs aimed at young people, including series featuring presenters Reggie Yates and Stacey Dooley.
Produced by BBC Current Affairs, Slum Survivors (working title, 3 x 60-minutes) follows a group of young trades people as they spend a week living in the slums of Lagos, Mumbai and Jakarta with local people who share their vocation.
The Human Tissue Team (w/t, 2 x 60-minutes), meanwhile, takes viewers inside Liverpool’s Tissue Bank, the United Kingdom’s largest human tissue facility, to meet the young donor retrieval team as well as donor families. The series was produced by True Stories.
In The Holiday Park (w/t, 3 x 60-minutes), the people behind a campsite aimed at 18- to 30-year-olds in Woolacombe, north Devon deal with the elements, a recession, and rowdy guests, while attempting to pull off a successful summer season. The show was produced by Betty.
The Sundog Pictures-produced The Real South Africa with Reggie Yates (w/t, 3 x 60-minutes) follows Yates as he travels to three different communities in South Africa to live among the locals, including a poor community of white Afrikaans, the country’s largest hospital, and its wealthiest churches.
Finally, Stacey Dooley in the USA (w/t, 3 x 60-minutes) follows the presenter as she examines social issues and trends affecting young Americans. Dooley heads to Chicago to learn about gun crime, spends time with women who have chosen to put their children up for adoption, and visits Oxbow, a so-called sexual rehab school for teenage boys. The series was produced by BBC Productions and Special Edition Films.
“BBC3 is the only channel dedicated to making meaningful, relevant, punchy factual programs for young people in Britain today and these new commissions encapsulate what we’re all about,” said BBC3 controller Zai Bennett (pictured above) in a statement.