Stacey Dooley documentary on teen homelessness among new factual commissions for BBC

Stacey Dooley documentary on teen homelessness among new factual commissions for BBC

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The new commissions will see the likes of Stacey Dooley and Mim Shaikh explore issues affecting young people in the UK in a host of documentaries across BBC channels. 

The five new documentaries will take on teenage homelessness, gun crime, parenthood, war and the UK economy.

”The BBC factual department has had a fantastic 12 months, winning multiple awards including Baftas, RTS Awards and Griersons,"  said Alison Kirkham, Controller of BBC Factual Commissioning.

"This range of programmes that we are announcing demonstrates our continued commitment to take audiences into worlds and explore issues with broad appeal that are hugely relevant today, including homelessness, the economy and Brexit, the challenges of social media, disability and gun crime."

She added, "Through unprecedented access and fantastic story telling, each subject will be explored in a truly engaging and thought-provoking way."

The five documentaries will air later this year.

Hidden Homeless

BBC One

Stacey Dooley joins forces with Children In Need for this revealing documentary, bringing awareness to escalating number of young people living on the streets in the UK.

Hidden Homeless investigates the staggering number of teenagers left without a place to live each year who are forced to take shelter on night buses, friend’s sofas or dating apps for a bed and roof over their head.

The film shows the struggles of abused teenagers not being able to ‘prove’ their abuse resulting in them labelled as ‘intentionally homeless’, or those turning 18 and not being a priority in a shelter as they are technically classed as an adult.

"A fifth of young people are homeless, you just can’t see them." The film follows teens living through this and their journeys of survival.

Inside The Bank Of England

BBC Two


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This two part series delves into the Bank of England headquarters as Governor Mark Carney and his staff attempt to revive the UK economy after a pivotal year in British politics.

Inside the Bank of England will have unprecedented access to the team, showing how the Bank’s decisions impact everybody.

The documentary explores the story behind the nation’s economy: the people who work to keep it going, the departments who ensure the high street banks keep our money safe, and the influential individuals who make decisions that affect the interest rates on mortgages.  

Gun No.6

BBC Two

Gun No.6 is Britain’s most deadly illegal gun. The single gun is responsible for 11 shootings, resulting in three fatalities and four injured over the course of one decade.

From the unique markings left on every bullet the gun fired, the gun was discovered to have been used in multiple shootings by West Midlands Police in the early 2000s.

Gun No.6 uses documentary and reconstruction to tell the story of each crime carried out by the weapon, including testimonials, forensic data and a documentation of the events that followed the shootings.

The documentary hears from victims, their families, police and communities affected by the gun crimes, as well as individuals who have been on the other end of the gun crime. Five ex-offenders connected to Gun No.6 share their stories on why they resorted to using a lethal weapon and how they have turned their lives around since leaving prison.

Storyville: The Cleaners

BBC Four

The Cleaners shines a light at the people behind one of the toughest jobs on the internet: removing the world’s most violent and disturbing online material from the web.

The moderators must go through social media and online platforms to clean the internet of undesirable material every day, from terrorist video to child pornography to self-harm material.

With a target of deleting 25,000 posts each day, ‘the cleaners’ are responsible for deciding what stays online and what is removed from the internet.

The documentary explores what goes on behind the scenes of digital content moderation, looking at what decisions are made, how their actions affect the lives of individuals and the effect this all has on the moderators themselves.

Finding Dad

BBC Three


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Radio broadcaster, poet and actor Mim Shaikh goes on a personal journey to track down his father in this BBC Three documentary.

Shaikh has expressed his struggles with fatherhood, diversity and mental health in his spoken word poetry, most notably in his video Letters To My Mother, which attracted the attention of the Royal Family and led to his involvement in their Heads Together campaign.

Shaikh’s disconnection from his father is not uncommon. In the UK, one in ten fathers have no contact with their children, with many young people not even knowing their father’s identity.

This documentary explores the effects of growing up without a father and what impact this has on individuals in later life.

Finding Dad will be shown on BBC Three as part of the Big British Asian Summer.

Under the Wire

BBC Four


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Under The Wire tells the story of Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy’s mission to Homs, Syria in February 2012.

During the mission to cover the plight of trapped Syrian civilians under siege by their own government, the international media centre was hit by Syrian Army artillery fire. Colvin was tragically killed in the attack, and Conroy had to find a way to make it out alive, despite his critical injuries.

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The new commissions will see the likes of Stacey Dooley and Mim Shaikh explore issues affecting young people in the UK in a host of documentaries across BBC channels.