BBC Factual has announced a two-part series from London’s Expectation Entertainment called Ed Balls: Care in Crisis, investigating the dire state of long-term care homes in the UK. The series will air on BBC Two and iPlayer.
Balls (pictured), an economist and former politician, recently had to move his own mother into a care home, and was appalled with the state of the facility.
“The crisis in social care is deepening,” Balls said. “We need to work together to sort it now. Because my mum has dementia and lives in a care home, I thought I knew what happened in them, but as I started to dig deeper into the realities of the issues that care workers face daily, I realized I’ve only ever scratched the surface.”
Balls also said that the COVID-19 pandemic exposed and accelerated a long-term decline in the U.K.’s adult social care programs.
“Adult social care is one of the most important issues facing us as a society,” said Patrick Holland, director of factual, arts and classical music television.
“How we care for our most vulnerable is a question that transcends party politics asking us to deeply examine our values, priorities and hopes as a society. Ed’s personal and professional experience puts him in a unique position to explore the factors at work in this most complex and urgent of public service debates.”
Ed Balls: Crisis in Care, was commissioned by Catherine Catton, head of commissioning, popular factual and factual entertainment, BBC. The executive producer is Colin Barr and the commissioning editor is Clare Mottershead.