Speaking today at Edinburgh TV festival, Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three, announced four new commissions for the youth-focused channel.
Amongst the commissions are Billy Whizz (w/t), a documentary that follows the remarkable story of Billy Monger, a young racing driver who had a life-changing crash resulting in the amputation of his legs, as he returns to racing to pursue his dream of becoming a Formula One driver. The Rap Game (w/t) is new six-part series where five aspiring British MCs spend 30 days together to compete to prove that they’re the next rap superstar.
Also announced is Blindboy Undestroys the World (w/t), a satirical undercover programme which features Blindboy Boatclub from The Rubber Bandits on a quest to unpack the housing crisis and to question the system that leaves millennials homeless.
The Left Behind (w/t) is a single drama charting one young man’s increasing attraction to anti-immigrant sentiment as a way of explaining the problems he faces in his own life and comes from the team behind Bafta-winning factual dramas Murdered For Being Different, Don’t Take My Baby and Murdered By My Father. BBC Three explores the rise of the far-right in a powerful single drama charting one young man’s increasing attraction to anti-immigrant sentiment as a way of explaining the very real problems he faces in his own life; problems with housing and zero-hours employment that make him feel ‘left behind’ in his own country. With no prospects and little hope for the future, what way out is there for Britain’s increasingly desperate white working class?
A terrifyingly vivid, meticulously researched depiction of the lure of the far-right, the film will be set in Cardiff by Welsh playwright Alan Harris (Sugar Baby, How My Light Is Spent), directed by award-winning film-maker Joseph Bullman.
Speaking about the new commissions, Damian Kavanagh, says: “On BBC Three we will always provide a platform for distinct voices and tell stories that matter to young people in Britain today. With these new shows, we’re doing just that by featuring a truly unique voice who unpacks the housing crisis and its impact on young people in Blindboy Undestroys the World, an incredible story of triumph over adversity in Billy Whizz and a drama that will address the rise of the far right, a subject that has increasingly become part of the national conversation in The Left Behind. Whilst The Rap Game is an exciting new format for BBC Three that taps into a creative culture that actively embraces young people sharing their experiences.”