BBC Three Winter/Spring 2008
Lost Innocence Season
Are young people in Britain today growing up faster than ever before? Are they more exposed to adult life and faced with increased pressures and expectations sooner? Have they lost the chance to have carefree teenage years?
BBC Three dedicates a season to the loss of teenage innocence with three films examining diverse subjects that affect young people today. The films are seen through the eyes of the generation and are frequently shocking and harrowing but, in turn, funny and heart-warming.
My Body For Bucks
It's easy to think that the world of sex work is populated by drug users and society's dispossessed, but financial pressures have pushed increasing numbers of students to sell their bodies.
Young, educated and ambitious students are plying their trade as escorts, strippers and actors in adult films to pay off their student tuition fees and debts. With unique access, this film unravels the chain of events that could cause young students to make that choice.
Nineteen-year-old undergraduate and single mum Amy says with such high demands on her time, and her money, her only choice is to work as a lap dancer, but she's desperate to quit.
She says she sometimes feels too young for this sort of work, and men often don't want her to dance for them as she has such an innocent look. The programme follows her as she makes a difficult choice as to how she will make ends meet.
Britain's Youngest Grannies
With the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe, it's not just British mums that are getting younger – our grannies are, too. More interested in having their highlights done and going clubbing than joining the blue-rinse brigade and going bowling, this film meets the women who were teen mums and whose children have become teen parents as well.
Britain's Youngest Grannies is a new angle on teen pregnancy, and poses a serious social question: is teen pregnancy a never-ending cycle?
Page 3 Teens
Seventeen-year-old Chelsea White started modelling when she was just six. She soon developed a love for the camera, became a successful child model and achieved her ambition to be on the cover of her favourite teen magazine, Mizz. At 16, she set her sights on a different goal – to become a Page 3 model.
The programme follows Chelsea two months before her 18th birthday as she prepares to enter the glamour circuit, and covers the build-up to the big day when she can do her first topless photo shoot. Along the way, Chelsea reveals what motivates her to be a glamour model and why so many other young girls share her dream.