Stacey Dooley

When victims can trust documentary film-makers

From left: Sean Fletcher, Stacey Dooley, Mina Smallman, Jermaine Blake, Lisa Squire and Anna Hall are sat on a panel

In May this year, police chiefs declared violence against women and girls a national threat in recognition of some shocking statistics: in the year ending March 2022, 194,683 ­sexual offences were recorded against women and girls in England and Wales; 9% of women aged 16 and over were victims of domestic abuse; and 3% of women aged 16 and over were victims of sexual assault.

Stacey Dooley to investigate undertaking for new BBC documentary

Stacey Dooley: Inside the Undertakers will see the RTS Award-winning presenter learn all about undertaking at the UK's busiest family-run funeral business.

The BBC has presented the film as an unofficial follow-up to Inside the Convent, in which Dooley opened up about her fear of death to the nuns she was staying with, only for her curiosity to remain unsatisfied.

Motherhood has only exacerbated that fear and so, in a bid to overcome it, Dooley has signed up to look death square in the face.

Two Daughters double at RTS East Awards 2023

In the film, which was made by True Vision East and Little Dooley, the presenter spent close to a year with Smallman, whose daughters Bibaa and Nicole were murdered in a north London park.

The Guardian called it “a raw and devastating film about grief, and an astonishing testament to resilience and the power of faith”.

Dooley and Smallman were unable to attend the ceremony, but recorded acceptance speeches.

Stacey Dooley to hit the States for a second series of sleepovers

The first series saw Dooley stay with Autumn, a 9-year-old GunTuber (someone who shares their collection of weapons on YouTube) who lives with her parents in Oklahoma, Mya and Kennedy, a transgender mother and father living in Virginia, and Cheryl and Quran, a Georgian couple with a 37 year age gap.

The new series will explore similarly modern themes, including attitudes to love, relationships, marriage, parenting and money. More information on the families and locations Dooley is visiting will be revealed in due course.

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.

Stacey Dooley talks sleeping over and asking the difficult questions

Intrepid and armed with a fearsome work ethic, Stacey Dooley seems to be on a one-woman mission to popularise current affairs for a new generation of young viewers.

Dooley made her TV debut in 2008 as a contributor on BBC Three documentary series Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts, one of six fashion consumers living and working alongside Indian garment workers making cheap clothes for the UK.

Stacey Dooley to present new series Stalked

Credit: BBC

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.

Stacey Dooley to host This is MY House for BBC One

As Diana Ross once said: “It’s my house and I live here”. The six-part series involves an addictive guessing game where four people walk into a house and say, “This is MY house”. However, only one of them is telling the truth.

With three actors stealing the name of the homeowner and claiming they own all their belongings, it’s up to a team of celebrity judges to work out who the imposters are.

Each person has a conflicting story and red herrings are peppered throughout the house, so viewers at home can join in with the sleuthing.