“Killed By My Debt,” “Love And Hate Crime” among new BBC3 commissions

UK online pubcaster BBC3 has commissioned a roster of new and returning series, bolstering its commitment to tackling topics affecting UK residents. Upcoming new programs include the factual drama series Killed ...
September 8, 2017

UK online pubcaster BBC3 has commissioned a roster of new and returning series, bolstering its commitment to tackling topics affecting UK residents.

Upcoming new programs include the factual drama series Killed By My Debt, which looks at the impact of ultra-low wages on one family, while Love And Hate Crime looks at individuals who were murdered in the U.S. for being different.

Returning to BBC3 is Life and Death Row. Now in its third season, the series continues to examine the impact of capital punishment.

The new commissions come just 18 months after BBC3 switched from a linear broadcast channel to a digital video platform.

“At the time, I said the transition would be a marathon, not a sprint as we learnt and adapted our behavior to ensure we reach young audiences wherever they are,” said Damian Kavanagh (pictured), controller, BBC3, in a statement.

Kavanagh announced the following new commissions, along with descriptions provided by the pubcaster:

“Killed By My Debt” (w/t)

Following the award-winning success of powerful factual dramas Murdered By My Father and Murdered For Being Different on BBC3, new single drama Killed By My Debt continues that tradition. This is a devastating examination of the damage wrought on one family by ultra-low wages, the drama tells the true story of a young zero hours worker from South London whose whole family earns a low income wage. In the hands of debt collectors, his debt rises to more than £1000. He desperately takes out payday loans, but they aren’t enough to cover his escalating debt. Faced with a bailiff waiting outside his house for hours on end, what lengths will he go to escape his debts?

Killed By My Debt is a 1 x 60 factual drama commissioned by Clare Sillery and Damian Kavanagh for BBC3, produced by BBC Studios’ Documentary Unit and directed by multi award winning director Joseph Bullman.

“Annie: The Plastic Surgery Capital Of The World”

BBC3 first discovered Annie through her personal story Annie: Out Of The Ashes following her journey as she explored her traveller heritage and the circumstances around the fire that left her with severe burns as a baby and undergoing numerous surgical operations.

In this newly commissioned documentary The Plastic Surgery Capital Of The World, Annie will travel to Seoul to discover a world where teenagers are given surgical procedures by their parents as school graduation gifts and understand why these young women feel compelled to part with thousands of dollars to modify very normal parts of their bodies.

Executive producer is Sarah Waldron and made by BBC Current Affairs.

“Sex, Lies & Deception”

New four-part series on issues surrounding sexual consent, fronted by new BBC3 talent, Poppy Begum, who has also previously worked behind the scenes at BBC3. Each episode will focus on different topics including: being too drunk to consent; reporting rape; ‘stealthing’, and ‘upskirting’. Reporting sexual assault is notoriously low, but BBC3 wants to find out the experiences of young people and their understanding of consent. Poppy Begum will be speaking to victims, perpetrators, experts and lawmakers to uncover the realities of sexual assault for young people in Britain today. In a world in which new sexual partners are just a swipe away, what happens when the lines surrounding consent are blurred?

Sex, Lies & Deception is made by BBC3 Content team, presented by Poppy Begum, produced and directed by Lindsey Mace and exec producers are Lizzie Wingham and Max Gogarty.

“Moped Wars”

New BBC3 presenter Livvy Haydock, originally part of BBC3 production, moves from behind the camera to present her own documentaries (Deadliest Place To DealBreaking Into Prison). Now she sets out to investigate London’s motorbike crimewave.

With 16,000 crimes in London in the past year – street thefts have tripled. The thieves can be impossible to catch and since one died in a traffic accident, police are no longer able to chase them. Reported incidents include stolen phones, jewellery and other mopeds with criminals arming themselves with hammers and acid to ward off have-a-go heroes. Delivery drivers are particularly vulnerable with certain areas becoming no-go zones as a result. These vigilantes are organising themselves into patrol squads – hunting down, trapping and exposing the criminals with ingenious method and sometimes brutal results. BBC3′s Livvy Haydock will go inside this underground subculture and find out why people are taking the law into their own hands.

Moped Wars is made by BBC Current Affairs and the exec producer is Mike Radford.

“Life and Death Row – The Arkansasa Killings”

The Bafta winning documentary series returns to BBC3.

This is the story of the death penalty, told by young people for young people.

Series three will continue to tell the story of capital punishment through the eyes of the people whose lives have been shaped by it. BBC3 has access to the story of perhaps the most controversial executions in modern American history: the ‘batch’ executions of eight men in the state of Arkansas over just ten days in April 2017, played out against a ticking clock before a drug used in the executions reaches its expiry date.

With exclusive access to the families of inmates and victims awaiting execution, as well as the legal teams and other inmates facing the death sentence, we follow the cases in the weeks, days, hours and minutes leading up to the scheduled deaths. The story will be told across two feature length episodes. The series also tells the story of the last days of John Ramirez, a young man sentenced to death for the murder of a gas station employee during a robbery which netted him just $1.25.

Life And Death Row is executive produced by Aysha Rafaele and made by BBC Studios’ Documentary Unit.

“Love And Hate Crime”

BBC3 has committed to a second series ahead of the first series going online this autumn about the dangers of being different in modern America told through crimes of hate, passion and prejudice. Shocking murder stories are recounted by those intimately involved – perpetrators, police, prosecutors and friends and family closest to the victims. With unprecedented access to both sides of the stories and supported by court access and police footage, each film tells the story of prejudice and difference from multiple perspectives.

The 3 x 60-minute first series, directed by Ben Steele, exec produced by Darren Kemp and made by Top Hat Productions, will air this autumn.

Stories include the murder of Mercedes Williamson, killed by her boyfriend who claims he murdered her in a fit of rage, after the shock of discovery that she was really a man and the killing of black victim James Craig Anderson by a group of white teenagers in Jackson, Mississippi.

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