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BBC THREE Winter Highlights 2004 - Factual

Shaun Ryder Comes Clean

Shaun Ryder - singer, songwriter and front man of The Happy Mondays and Black Grape - hit rock bottom Down Under a year ago; his assets frozen, locked in litigation, continuing drug problems - his family in Australia feared for his life.

The film-maker Richard Macer (The Real Swiss Toni, Jordan - The Truth About Me) spends eight months with Shaun as he pieces his life back together.

Out of rehab he attempts to adopt a healthy lifestyle and wrestles with the demands of fatherhood.

But he's still on the brink of bankruptcy following a protracted legal battle with his former manager.

Meanwhile he relocates to Australia to promote his new album and rejoin his family who have helped him through his darkest days. (DL)

Taking Care - Rough Diamonds

Taking Care is a major new season of programming across BBC television, radio and online about children and young people in care.

BBC THREE's film - Rough Diamonds - is part of this season and tells the story of care leavers who have gone on to make their life a success.

Michael Groce was in and out of care as a child and was heading for a life of crack and crime.

His mother's shooting by the police was the catalyst for the Brixton riots.

Now a successful poet, there was one youth worker in particular who helped him turn his life around.

Michael and other care leavers talk about the defining moment that helped change their life and the mentor figure that provided vital support and encouragement. (ED)

Towerblock Dreams

On every council estate in every town there is a vibrant underground music scene.

It's fuelled by pirate radio stations and the dreams of youth trying to escape the bleak pattern of their lives, rapping to beats made on anything from Coke cans to computers.

Crime is the only way some can pay to keep their hopes alive, but it can shatter dreams too.

Towerblock Dreams takes an honest look at modern inner city life, through the stories of the young musicians trying to make better lives for themselves.

Some are successful and find the fame and fortune, but for most it remains a distant fantasy.

A Raw production for BBC THREE. (JA)


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