BBC3 readies betty’s “Freak Show”

BBC3 has commissioned the tentatively titled one-off documentary Adam Pearson: Freak Show from London-based indie betty. (Pictured: presenter Adam Pearson)
December 15, 2015

BBC3 has commissioned the tentatively titled one-off Adam Pearson: Freak Show from London-based indie betty.

The 60-minute doc will follow presenter Adam Pearson (pictured) – who suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition that causes non-cancerous tumors to grow along nerve endings – as he meets with individuals who use their unique medical conditions for education and entertainment.

Following betty’s The Ugly Face of Disability Hate Crime, which broadcast on BBC3 in July and was also presented by Pearson, the host will explore the world of “freak shows” to determine whether performers are being empowered, whether there is money to be made off of one’s medical condition and whether Pearson, having been approached by an American company, would choose to “perform” himself.

“Adam is a unique emerging talent with a razor-sharp ability to tackle difficult subject matter in a disarmingly direct yet often very funny way,” said betty joint managing director Neil Smith in a statement. “We’re delighted to be working with him on this latest in a raft of provocative shows.”

Ceri Jones and Vicky Hamburger serve as executive producers, with Nick Poyntz acting as producer director. Asif Hasan commissioned the film for BBC3.

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