The BBC is tackling hard-hitting topics in a series of new commissions, including docs on the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy and the murder of 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence.
Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees, the directors behind the Oscar-winning doc Amy, have been tasked with making The Stephen Lawrence Story (w/t). The three-part doc series will examine the killing of young, black teen Stephen Lawrence by a group of white teenage boys in 1993. On the 25th anniversary of Lawrence’s murder, BBC1 will look at every aspect of the case, including the subsequent inquiries and how it relates to modern-day Britain.
Produced by On the Corner Films, The Stephen Lawrence Story (pictured) will be executive produced by Gay-Reees and Kapadia, and produced by Victoria Musguin-Rowe.
Also on tap for BBC1 is a doc that will bring together the human stories from the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, drawing on the testimonies of the people directly affected by the devastating tower block fire in June. In the immediate aftermath of the fire, filmmakers were in the area every day, documenting scenes as the community reacted to the situation. Along with telling the stories of the survivors and victims’ families, the doc will reflect on the part social media played in distributing information, and will explore the political issues that have arisen as a result of the tragedy. Grenfell (w/t) will be directed by Ben Anthony and produced by Minnow Films. The executive producer is Morgan Matthews.
Elsewhere, BBC1 announced several factual commissions tackling the ongoing issue of obesity in Britain. The Truth About Obesity (1 x 60 minutes) will follow British presenter Chris Bavin as he seeks out the latest scientific research to find out the truth about obesity, and Crash Diet Revolution (1 x 60′) will follow four dieters on their journey to weight loss.
Finally, host Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will present a three-part series for BBC1 about the obesity crisis in the UK, investigating some of the biggest food brands and challenging them to make changes to help people make healthier choices. The special is co-produced by Keo Films and The Open University.