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Voltage TV's Sanjay Singhal gives a masterclass in documentaries

The 9/11 attacks happened during his final week and were a “traumatic and colossal story”, he said. “After that, I sort of felt I’d done it all – where else would you go in the world of news?”

Over the following 20 years, first at Dragonfly Film and TV, where he became MD, and then at his own indie, Voltage TV, Singhal has made high-profile docs. In The Plane Crash, which became a worldwide hit, a Boeing 737 was deliberately crashed into the Mexican desert.

BBC announces new documentary Freddie Mercury: The Final Act

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The special documentary will tell the story of the final chapter of Freddie Mercury’s life and The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium that took place after his death.

It will feature new interviews from those closest to him including Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, Mercury’s sister Kashmira Bulsara, friends Anita Dobson and David Wigg and his PA Peter Freestone. 

The documentary begins in 1986 during Queen’s Magic tour and their iconic performance at Knebworth Stadium in Hertfordshire, which cemented Mercury’s legend status. 

BBC Children in Need announce new documentary Dr Alex: Our Mental Health Crisis

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Dr Alex George will follow the personal journeys of young people from all over the UK who are living with mental health issues. 

Many children and young people are feeling the short, medium and long-term impacts of poor mental health and emotional wellbeing, effects which have been made worse by the pandemic.

Produced by Dragonfly North, George will uncover the range of mental health problems young people are facing and how BBC Children in Need funded projects and other charities are helping make a tangible change.

Stacey Dooley to present new series Stalked

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The two-part series will follow Dooley as she gains unprecedented access to a specialist police unit in Cheshire and a victim support organisation.

The police unit and organisation are dedicated to preventing stalking from escalating to violence and potentially even murder. 

Dooley spends time with both the victims and perpetrators, discovering the hard truth about what a life consumed by stalking looks like. 

The first episode focuses on the most common type of stalking, ex-partners.

Filming begins for Sky documentary Greenpeace Inside – Mission: Saving the Planet

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The five-part documentary for Sky Documentaries and NOW will take an in-depth look at one of the largest and best known environmental protection organisations, with unprecedented access to Greenpeace's full archive. 

Activists and campaigners worldwide will be followed for over a year as they embark on their mission to save the planet. 

Fifty years ago, the NGO launched its mission to stop the destruction of the planet, leading to some of the most iconic and moving environmental campaigns ever created. 

28 Up Millenium Generation Preview Q&A

Following an introduction from BBC Commissioning Editor Emma Loach, joining host Rhianna Dhillon are director Julian Farino, executive producer Melanie Archer and contributors Oliver, Gemma, and Orala, as they discuss the return of the landmark generation-spanning BBC documentary series “Up” - which has followed the lives of the same group of contributors every seven years since they were 7 years old.

Royal Family to appear in new BBC One film honouring the late HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers will see the children of the Queen and the Duke, as well as their adult grandchildren and other members of the family, all contribute to the portrait.

Originally conceived to celebrate Prince Philip’s 100th birthday, the documentary will feature interviews filmed before and after his death in April 2021.

The filmmakers were invited inside Buckingham Palace to meet his staff and capture his study, office and library, just as he kept them.

BBC announces new documentary Katie Price: What Harvey Did Next

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Katie Price: Harvey And Me received huge critical acclaim when it was released and became the biggest BBC documentary of the period for 16-34 years old, garnering over five million views in 30 days on BBC iPlayer.

The documentary helped to start a conversation about the experience of raising disabled children and was recently shortlisted for a National Television Award and a Grierson Award. 

The initial documentary followed 18-year-old Harvey as he transitioned into adulthood and moved further away from home. 

ITV announces documentary Peckham’s Finest

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Created from the makers of The Masked Singer, the series will follow a group of young, aspirational people living their everyday life in the diverse and eclectic part of South London. 

Viewers will get to see the group in all areas of their life, from embarking on new romances, to dealing with doomed relationships, forming new friendships, setting out on new ventures and working through everyday dramas.