BBC Three Controller Damien Kavanagh today reaffirmed his commitment the channel’s young audiences, calling for more documentary series and stories telling of triumph over adversity.
Why will young people care about this? he asked at today’s Edinburgh International Television Festival, as he unveiled a slate of new programmes for the digital channel.
Among the commissions is a documentary telling the remarkable story of driver Billy Monger, one of Britain’s most exciting new racing drivers, who last year was involved in an accident which resulted in the loss of both legs.
Billy Wizz (w/t) sees Billy get straight back in the car, resolving to become the first ever amputee to race competitively in a single-seater racing car. With the backing of the racing community and his hero, Lewis Hamilton, Billy needs not only overcome his own difficulties, but change the very rules of the sport.
FIA rules state that disabled drivers cannot compete, however ‘disabled’ is a term that Billy is unwilling to accept.
Blindboy Undestroys the World
New programme Blindboy Undestroys the World (w/t) blurs the boundaries of comedy and reporting. Blindboy from Irish comedy hip-hop duo The Rubber Bandits journeys from Limerick to get to the bottom of the housing crisis.
From government policy to unscrupulous landlords, he leaves no stone unturned in his investigation which blends irreverent commentary, absurdism and secret filming with a gang on undercover reporters to expose the corrupt practices that occur in the shady and mysterious world of property.
The Rap Game
Six-part series The Rap Game (w/t) places five aspiring British MCs in a residential recording studio to spend one month together, writing, performing, and competing to show they have was it takes to be the next rap superstar.
Can their unique storytelling and lyrics bring them the success they deserve? Throughout the series the aspiring rappers will be mentored by some of the UK’s biggest rap names.
The Left Behind
Single drama The Left Behind (w/t) tackles a fundamental issue among young Brits: the rise in far-right sentiment among the young.
Reports indicate that the number of far-right linked referrals to the government’s de-radicalisation programme, Prevent, has risen drastically. The drama charts one young man’s increasing attraction of anti-immigrant sentiment as an explanation for his own hardship: problems with housing and zero-hours contracts leave him feeling ‘left behind’ by his own country.
Set in Cardiff by Welsh playwright Alan Harris, the drama asks, what way out is there for Britain's increasingly desperate white working class?