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New BBC Drama Will Examine The Dark Side Of Reality TV

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10:30 26 Aug 2019


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A new BBC factual drama will explore the dark sides of reality TV.

The 60 minute piece is inspired by the recent tragedies around Love Island and Jeremy Kyle.

Killed By My Fame is written by TV and radio presented Reggie Yates.

It's his first time writing for TV, and it will explore the consequences of instant fame and social media.

Yates said:

"Growing up in television I've continued to be fascinated by the evolution of reality TV. I've often questioned how affecting whirlwind fame can become once the cameras are gone. All too often the audience sees the glamour and popularity that comes with being in the public eye, but in this drama we explore the true impact instant fame can have."

The BBC3 factual drama will follow the rise and fall of someone in reality TV.

It will look at what checks are made beforehand and what happens to a person once their brief hit of fame is over.

There will be a focus on the impact it has on participants, "including instant fame, toxic masculinity, social media and suicide."

 

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Earlier this year, MPs in the UK launched an inquiry into the duty of care of reality TV.

This came after the tragic deaths of former Love Island contestants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, and Jeremy Kyle guest Steve Dymond.

The Jeremy Kyle show was cancelled back in May, and ITV announced after-care for the contestants of this year's show.


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