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Make Me Famous

Written by broadcaster and director Reggie Yates, Make Me Famous is a gripping and revealing factual drama which shines a light on the brutal side of reality TV, exploring the impact it has on participants, including instant fame, toxic masculinity, social media and suicide.

Reality TV has never had a higher profile and during the weeks and months these shows grace our screens, the stars of these programmes become constant companions. They are a real-life cast of people’s princesses and pantomime villains, serving up daily drama for viewers’ entertainment.

In a year when the DCMS launched an enquiry into reality TV’s duty of care to potentially “vulnerable” participants, this 60-minute film takes a look at what really happens behind closed doors. It reflects on the making and breaking of a reality star and examines what we really know about these people whose fame is borne out of sharing their lives with millions of people every week.

From how these programmes are produced, to the role of the tabloid media, TV viewers and social media commentators, this coming of age story is a parable for our time and asks: what happens to reality TV stars once the cameras stop rolling?

Reggie 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. I’m delighted to be partnering with BBC Three for my television writing debut and having a further creative voice as an executive producer.”

Colin Barr, Creative Director, Factual & Factual Drama, Expectation said: “Love it or hate it, Reality TV is unmissable. It’s part of our cultural DNA and is shaping this generation’s perceptions of race, gender and sexuality. But at what price? “Make Me Famous” will use drama to explore the reality of “reality” and the dark side of sudden fame.”

Make Me Famous was commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries and is being Executive Producer by Colin Barr for Expectation and Reggie Yates

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