BBC has commissioned a one-off documentary called Joe Wicks: Mental Health, My Family And Me.
Over the past year, Joe Wicks has had a meteoric rise from an Instagram famous health and fitness guru, to a beloved national treasure.
During the pandemic, Wicks kept millions fit with his online PE classes and won over the country with his positive attitude, enthusiasm and charm.
However, Wicks did not have an easy start in his life, he grew up with parents who struggled with their mental health.
His mother experienced acute OCD and his father suffered from heroin addiction.
This emotional film will follow Wicks as he looks back at his childhood and has intimate discussions with friends and family, and reveals why his experiences motivated him to keep healthy.
It is estimated that 3.7 million children in England are living in a home where at least one adult has a mental health issue.
Due to multiple lockdowns, the pressures of family life and economic uncertainty have increased, which has negatively impacted the mental health of many people.
Wicks meets children and families who are in a similar situation to his own childhood and discover the challenges they face, and the people trying to help them overcome these challenges.
As well as discovering how children are affected by their parent’s mental health problems, Wicks will also learn what can be done to support these children and improve the mental health of the nation’s families.
Joe Wicks commented: “I've spent a lot of time helping people improve their physical health, but as a child that grew up in a home with parents that struggled with their mental health, I know that this is just as important, especially given what's happened over the last year.
"I'm passionate about exploring it and I want to use my own experience to connect and help families today who are in similar situations to the one I was in. I also want to share the message that exercise can be a really powerful tool in helping to boost our mental health.”
Louis Theroux, who is executive producing the documentary, said, “I was one of the hundreds of thousands of people who flocked to Joe’s online work-outs on that first day of PE With Joe back in March 2020.
"I’m a true believer in Joe’s mission of improving your mental wellbeing through exercise and it is a complete thrill and privilege to be able to spread the word further in this documentary, while also showing a side of the nation’s favourite PE teacher they have never seen before. This is a dream project for me.”