Following the success of his moving documentary Professor Green: Suicide and Me, rapper Professor Green (aka Stephen Manderson) will present two new documentaries on BBC Three on youth homelessness and dangerous dogs.
With 30,000 homeless young people having been refused local housing by councils in the last year alone, according to Centrepoint, Manderson aims to look at the problems underlying the issue of young homelessness in Sleeping Rough (working title).
He will also spotlight the growing issue of dangerous dogs in the UK, as hospital admissions for injuries caused by dogs have increased by 76% in the last 10 years.
Manderson said he wants to build on the meaningful impact of Suicide and Me by raising awareness about other social issues.
Speaking about the new commissions, he explained: “I want to do more to explore the issues that we often don’t know enough about, which is why I can’t wait for everyone to see these new projects I’m working on for BBC Three. The difficult subjects that we’re bringing attention to this time will take me on another eye-opening journey and I hope to raise awareness around two big social problems that will only continue to grow unless we tackle them head on.”
The documentaries are currently in production and will be available on BBC Three next year, where they will be supplemented by short form and interactive digital content.
“Stephen has a natural rapport with people,” said Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, adding that “highlighting issues like these are exactly what BBC Three will be doing in the future. I’m proud Stephen wants to be part of new BBC Three.”
2016 looks set to be a busy year for Professor Green on television, after it was recently announced he would co-host Lip Sync Battle UK with Spice Girl Mel B.