Online channel BBC3 will head stateside this October with its latest slate of programming from Swan Films, Sundog Pictures and BBC Current Affairs.
The documentaries all focus on U.S. culture and the upcoming presidential election.
The Sundog-made film, Reggie Yates: Life and Death in Chicago (pictured), will feature award-winning filmmaker Reggie Yates as he travels to America’s third-largest city to investigate gun violence and the effect on young black men in Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods. The film provides first-hand accounts of police brutality, footage from the aftermath of a shooting and the funeral of a young African-American man.
According to data released by the Chicago Police Department, murders in the Windy City surged 72% in the first three months of 2016 compared with the same period last year. Shootings, meanwhile, have soared more than 88% this year over last.
The broadcaster has also ordered American High School from London-based Swan Films.
Filmed over a one-year period at a South Carolina high school, the 6 x 60-minute series will offer an in-depth look into the lives of the institution’s principal and his African-American student body, including star football players, Ivy League hopefuls, male cheerleaders and young mothers as they attend homecoming, senior prom, dates and graduation.
It was commissioned by BBC’s Kavanagh and doc commissioners Balment and Clare Sillery.
Finally, Irish television presenter and journalist Angela Scanlon will travel across the U.S. to meet with young people supporting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Trump’s Youngest Superfans from BBC Current Affairs will explore what motivates the controversial candidate’s loyal base and why exactly his message appeals to them, while also meeting with supporters from a new generation of white nationalists.
All series will be made available via BBC3 and iPlayer this October.