BBC Two has commissioned a new four-part documentary series, Celebrity: A 21st Century Story, on the rise of celebrity culture over the past two decades.
Driven by dramatic technological and cultural advancements, the celebrity industry has seen seismic growth in recent times.
The series will chart the rise from the early days of reality television, through the emergence of social media stars and celebrity politicians, to our present day obsession with fame, which now impacts every aspect of our lives.
Among the famous faces lifting the lid on the realities of fame are Katie Price, Charlotte Church, Ed Balls and Kerry Katona, alongside a host of industry figures and journalists including Matt Frei, Perez Hilton and former newspaper editors David Yelland, Dawn Neesom and Martin Townsend.
Abigail Priddle, Commissioning Editor at the BBC, said: “With famous faces and household names offering us their candid reflections on the price and power of fame, this series is a fascinating exploration into the cult of celebrity, which has become such a defining feature of the past 20 years, and offers a tantalising glimpse ‘behind the curtain’ at how the celebrity machine actually works.”
Celebrity: A 21st Century Story will air on BBC Two at 9pm on 29 December 2020.