UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered a new one-hour documentary follow up to BBC’s Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum And Dad, about Kate Wright (now Ferdinand) joining the Ferdinand family and forming a step-family following tragedy.
Rio And Kate: Becoming A Step Family explores the complex dynamics of the newly formed family unit in the lead up to Kate (pictured left) and Rio (right) Ferdinand’s wedding.
While the highly successful Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum And Dad explored the heartbreak and difficulties of raising a family following Rio’s wife Rebecca’s passing in 2015, the new doc turns to the next stage in the family’s journey and Kate’s experience becoming partner and “mum” to the Ferdinands.
Rio And Kate: Becoming A Step Family is produced by October Films. It was commissioned for BBC1 by Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content, and Alison Kirkham, controller of BBC factual commissioning. The commissioning editor is Max Gogarty for BBC Factual. Jonathan Smith serves as executive producer, with Matt Smith directing and Molly Sayers producing, all for October Films.
“The positive response to Being Mum and Dad in 2017 and the way it helped others going through a similar situation was overwhelming,” said Kate and Rio Ferdinand in a joint statement. “For that reason we were both compelled to tell the next chapter in our lives together. We hope Becoming a Step Family will give a unique insight into step families and the journey through grief, whilst also providing an intimate look at our lives together.”
“I’d like to thank Rio and Kate for opening up their lives to us in such an intimate and personal way,” added Kirkham. “The BBC has long been committed to tackling mental health issues and Rio Ferdinand’s program on bereavement in 2017 helped bring the conversation into the open. We hope this new film will offer meaningful insight into the reality and challenges of living in a step-family. It will also explore how grief affects us all differently.”