BBC Factual

D-Day documentary among new History and Science titles for BBC Factual

Each title uses a blend of technology, new and old, to tell stories that stretch decades, sometimes centuries, over human history.

D-Day: The Unheard Tapes (working title) will recreate the “biggest seaborne invasion in history,” telling the stories of the men, women and children who experienced it first-hand. The three-part documentary comes from the creators of AIDS: The Unheard Tapes, and follows a similar format.  

BBC Factual commissions new documentary to examine UK euthanasia laws

In a recent poll, 73% of Britons showed support for doctor-assisted euthanasia for the terminally ill. This comes alongside the ever-growing debate surrounding assisted suicide.

Carr (Silent Witness, Good Omens) has long campaigned against a change in the law, worrying that disabled people are scarcely consulted about the issue. Carr, who wrote and presented the documentary, said: “Too many disabled people will have had the experience of someone, often a complete stranger, telling them, ‘If I was like you, I’d rather be dead'.

Stacey Dooley to follow Ukrainian recruits for new BBC documentary

Stacey Dooley stands in the foreground, with soldiers training behind her

Dooley is no stranger to frontline investigations, having previously embedded herself in the all-female Yazidi battalion in Stacey on the Frontline: Girls, Guns and ISIS. But her new feature-length documentary Stacey Dooley: Ready For War? will bring her closer to home.

The Ukrainian civilians first arrive in Britain to engage in five weeks of the British Army’s rigorous training programme. Dooley will see first-hand the emotional and physical challenges the young recruits go through as they learn survival skills and fighting strategies.

BBC Factual confirms second series of Louis Theroux Interviews

Louis Theroux and Dame Judi Dench laughing on a sofa

The first series saw him use his immersive filming style to host intimate chats with some of the world’s biggest stars, including Stormzy, Dame Judi Dench, Yungblud, Bear Grylls, Katherine Ryan and Rita Ora.

With numerous viral moments resulting from the first set of episodes, including Stormzy’s discussion of his dating life and Dame Judi Dench’s witty rapport with Theroux, the series garnered an average audience of 2.1m in the first seven days.

New emotional one-off documentary Matt Willis: Addiction and Me announced for BBC One

Musician Matt Willis stands in a plaid shirt and glasses

The no holds barred, raw and open documentary will uncover the struggles the musician, actor and dad of three has experienced with drug and alcohol addiction. 

It was a battle that pushed him to the brink, and despite reaching dizzying heights of success as part of the band Busted, Willis was finding it hard to cope behind closed doors. 

Willis will look at the potential reasons behind his addiction and speak to other families, experts, counsellors and support groups to try and understand why some people become alcohol and drug dependent. 

Tom Daley to front new LGBT+ rights film for BBC Factual

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Tom Daley: Illegal To Be Me will see Olympic gold medallist and double World Champion diver Tom Daley investigate an issue he cares about deeply. 

Daley will travel to some of the Commonwealth’s most homophobic countries to see what the sporting world could do to change things. 

Thousands of athletes are about to compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, but some of these competitors are unable to live their life freely and are in constant fear of the brutality they face inside the countries they represent. 

BBC Factual to mark 20 years of Facebook with new Zuckerberg documentary

Across three parts, Zuckerberg will tell the story of the unlikely maverick and his creation and assess the social media behemoth’s global impact on culture and behaviour.

The announcement comes as the 20th anniversary of Facebook approaches.

Nancy Strang, Creative Director of the producer, Mindhouse Productions, said: "The remarkable story of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook is one of the tales of our time. He has arguably done more to transform human behaviour and connectivity than any other person this century.

BBC Factual commissions The Elon Musk Show (w/t)

Elon Musk (credit: Patrick Pleul/Pool via Reuters)

Speaking to those who know Musk best, including family members, close friends and business associates, the three-part series promises to get to the heart of who Elon Musk really is.

The Elon Musk Show (w/t) will tell the intimate story of Elon Musk’s journey to become the world’s richest man, using extensive and unseen archive from his time in Silicon Valley to analyse the key moments in Elon’s career, from his first tech start-ups to Tesla, Space X, and most recently Twitter.  

BBC Factual announces new documentary, Gazza, about the footballing career and life of Paul Gascoigne

Paul Gascoigne (credit: BBC)

For many, Paul Gascoigne was the face of 90s Britain, making splashes across the front and back pages of newspapers at a time when the tabloid media saw a fundamental shift in their efforts to capture a huge readership. With his on-field brilliance matched only by his off-field antics, the most celebrated young footballer in the world was a newspaper editor’s dream.