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Monday, 19 August 2013

BBC Three announces six new documentaries as part of its 'Fresh' strand



BBC Three has announced a number of new commissions that will comprise its Fresh strand - the channel's established scheme from new directors looking to break into prime-time film-making. In the past the strand has provided the channel with some of its most memorable documentaries including My Brother The Islamist, The Autistic Me and Transexual Teen Beauty Queen.

This year's programmes will explore a diverse range of topics - from underage drinking and drug use to the lives of sex workers and even modern day knights competing in a medieval fighting tournament. All six of these new documentaries will air in early 2014.

Growing Up Down's aims to redefine the perceptions and myths about Down's Syndrome by following the incredible journey of a theatre group of young adults with the disease. The documentary follows them over an eighteen month period as they put together a touring production of Hamlet.

Webcam Girls follows three young women who making a living performing for fans online. It explores the way that 'camming' has affected their home-lives and relationships as well as how the pressure to perform more hardcore shows has impacted on them in different ways.

In Does Skunk Make You Crazy?, Jake Hanrahan seeks to explore the truth behind the drug that young Britain gets high on. He lifts the lid on cannabis-induced psychosis and asks if the mental health condition is a result of cannabis production moving out of the field and into the lab, with intensively produced high-grade strains dominating the market.

Skins meets Fame Academy in School of Rock, which follows students at the Academy of Contemporary Music where youngsters study to become rock stars. The programme follows the students as they embark on a time in their lives that will define their future and will show intimate detail the reality of what it's like to pursue a dream.

Underage and Over the Limit follows youth workers in the North East as they go out onto the streets and meet underage drinkers. The documentary hears first hand why the culture of underage drinking is so embedded and follows the story of young people who are battling to turn around their issues with drink.

Knight Club focuses on  a group of modern-day English knights as they enter the international 'Battle of Nations' tournament in France - the world's largest and most brutal full-body contact medieval tournament.

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