Digital channel BBC3 slates raft of factual commissions

British digital channel BBC3 has bolstered its factual programming slate with the commissioning of six non-fiction series. New factual titles include the Reggie Yates-fronted factual drama Killed By My Fame, the ...
August 23, 2019

British digital channel BBC3 has bolstered its factual programming slate with the commissioning of six non-fiction series.

New factual titles include the Reggie Yates-fronted factual drama Killed By My Fame, the six-part dermatology series Skin, the tentatively titled coming-of-age program The Season: Breaking Ibiza, the hairstyling series Misfits Salon, the previously announced Fight Dirty, and the short-form docuseries House Share.

Produced by London-based multi-genre indie Expectation, Killed By My Fame will follow director and broadcaster Reggie Yates (pictured) as he explores the impact that reality television has on its participants who are thrust into instant fame, toxic masculinity and the social media microscope.

The hour-long film comes in light of an inquiry launched in May by the UK parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee into reality television production practices — specifically, “production companies’ duty of care to participants” in the wake of the death of a guest taking part in an episode of tabloid talk show The Jeremy Kyle Show, and the deaths of two former contestants of hit competition series Love Island. ITV promptly cancelled The Jeremy Kyle Show after issuing a statement about its procedures and duty of care measures.

As such, Killed By My Fame takes a look at what really happens behind the closed doors of a reality TV set. The film will also examine the making and breaking of a reality star as well as the role of the tabloid media and social media commentators in an effort to determine what really happens to reality TV stars once the cameras stop rolling.

The film was commissioned by BBC3 controller Fiona Campbell and Clare Sillery, head of commissioning for documentaries. Expectation’s Colin Barr serves as executive producer alongside Yates.

Short-form docuseries House Share (6 x 20 minutes; Youngest Media) will follow six young people from varying backgrounds across the UK as they fulfill their ambition of moving to London. Living in a vibrant city, the strangers will navigate new careers and new friendships while sharing not only a single roof, but also a communal household bank account.

House Share is exec produced by David Flynn, Shaun Parry and Michelle Woods for Youngest Media. It was commissioned by Campbell and Nasfim Haque, BBC3 commissioning editor. Carl Callam is commissioning editor.

Elsewhere, Twofour’s Skin (6 x 30 minutes) will document the UK’s leading dermatologists as they offer pioneering treatments and pharmaceutical interventions to those with troublesome skin conditions – from eczema to psoriasis to acne to alopecia – affecting their appearance, confidence and lives.

Skin was commissioned by Campbell and David Brindley, head of popular factual and factual entertainment. BBC’s commissioning editors are Catherine Catton and Max Gogarty. Rachel Innes-Lumsden and Melanie Leach are exec producers.

The coming-of-age summer factual series The Season: Breaking Ibiza (w/t; 4 x 45 minutes) will trace a group of young Brits as they embark upon a transformational coming-of-age summer while living, working and playing on Spain’s Balearic island of Ibiza. The series will track the group over a six-week period as they look to break into a number of aspirational careers, from dancers and swim coaches to iPhone repair entrepreneurs.

The Season: Breaking Ibiza is produced by Minnow Films with EPs Sophie Leonard and Arthur Cary. Benedict Sanderson and Jack Warrander are series directors with Livia Simoka as series producer. The series was ordered by Campbell and Brindley. BBC commissioning editor is Gogarty.

Meanwhile, the Ricochet-produced Misfits Salon (6 x 10 minutes) will follow award-winning stylist and entrepreneur Sophia Hilton as she attempts to provide a safe space for people to be who they want to be while also being creative with how they express themselves. Through a series of transformational short films, Misfits Salon aims to help people alter their individual style while finding the confidence to pull it off.

Campbell and Brindley commissioned the series with Ricky Cooper as commissioning exec. Ricochet’s Katy Thorogood is EP with Claire Egerton-Jones as series producer.

Finally, the 30-minute entertainment format Fight Dirty from Nice One and Fizz will see two messy British households compete to “clean up their act” and win a cash prize – but neither property knows the surprise that’s in store for both of them in the process.

The exec producers are Chris Jones and Neale Simpson, with Jon Riley directing. It was commissioned by Campbell and Brindley, with Clare Mottershead as commissioning editor.

“For the next evolution of BBC Three, we’re building a channel that contains a family of returnable brands that are all about living a young life wherever you are in the UK,” said Campbell in a statement. “The new shows that we’re announcing are rooted in relatable experiences and subject matter which are aspirational, provide the space for expression and offer opportunities for people to be who they want to be and above all, have fun.”

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