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BBC3 greenlights docs on sperm donors and Trump’s tweets

London’s Wonderhood Studios has been commissioned by British pubcaster BBC3 to explore U.S. president Donald Trump’s social media habits in a one-off documentary. The tentatively titled Trump in Tweets will examine ...
December 3, 2019

London’s Wonderhood Studios has been commissioned by British pubcaster BBC3 to explore U.S. president Donald Trump’s social media habits in a one-off documentary.

The tentatively titled Trump in Tweets will examine Trump’s apparent obsession with social networking service Twitter. The 1 x 60-minute film will use first-hand accounts from within Trump’s inner circle and expert interviews to explore how the President of the United States of America utilizes the platform Twitter as a political tool to both shape his policies and maintain fervent popularity among his supporters.

Wonderhood Studios was launched in June 2018 by former Channel 4 CEO and TLC head David Abraham.

The special is executive produced by Katharine Patrick and Emeka Onono. It was commissioned by BBC3 controller Fiona Campbell. Jack Bootle serves as BBC’s commissioning editor for specialist factual.

Elsewhere, Expectation Factual will chart the impact of sperm donation on families in a 1 x 60-minute documentary for BBC3.

26 Siblings and Counting will follow 20-year-old Londoner Oliver, a donor-conceived child to two mothers, as he travels to the United States to meet his extended network of 26 siblings – all conceived from the same donor’s sperm – and his donor dad.

The intimate film will explore themes of identity, family and belonging, while also probing some of the biggest ethical questions facing genetic science today.

Ruth Kelly is executive producer. The film was commissioned by BBC3′s Campbell.

Air dates for the projects have not been announced.

“These new films take us to the U.S. and are stories about connection, with one looking at President Trump’s extraordinary use of social media, a tool available to all of us, and the way he connects with his followers whilst the other is an extraordinary story of a young Londoner who embarks on a journey to find those connected to him via his DNA,” said Campbell in a statement.

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Jillian Morgan is a staff writer at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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