British digital channel BBC3 has commissioned a one-off documentary special that will document English television and radio presenter Daisy Maskell’s enduring battle with insomnia.
For much of Maskell’s adult life, the 23-year-old – who is one of the youngest national radio presenters in the UK’s history – has lived with insomnia and survived on “very little sleep”.
Produced by Proper Content, Daisy Maskell: Insomnia and Me will chart Maskell’s journey to unmask the roots and causes of her sleep disorder. Throughout the hour-long film, she will provide insight into her struggle with her own mental health while meeting with experts to get to the center of her insomnia.
The film will also follow Maskell as she explores various treatments and cures and examine why thousands of youths throughout the country have increasingly begun suffering from similar sleep disorders.
Daisy Maskell: Insomnia and Me is executive produced by Proper’s David Dehaney. BBC3 controller Fiona Campbell and Clare Sillery, head of commissioning for documentaries, history and religion, commissioned the project. Carl Callam is commissioning editor.
“I’m so excited to be making my first documentary with the BBC on a subject that I, like many others, have been affected by: insomnia,” said Maskell in a statement. “This sleep disorder has impacted much of my adult life and so this film will follow my own journey and that of other sufferers, tracing its origins to discover what really goes on while the rest of the world is sleeping.”