Saturday 08 Mar 2014
In this inspiring documentary TV presenter Jeff Brazier explores his relationship with his brother Spencer, who has cerebral palsy.
Spencer is 24. He has never had a job or a girlfriend and spends his days watching TV and playing computer games. Jeff believes that despite his disability Spencer is capable of living a much more active and fulfilling life. Now Jeff is planning to put his theories to the test.
Jeff and Spencer spend some serious time together while their mum (Spencer's full-time carer) gets away for a much-needed break, as Spencer moves in to Jeff's house in Essex. What Spencer doesn't know is the intense programme that Jeff's got in store for him. Jeff wants to push his brother to make some real changes in his life – but will Jeff's tough love prove too much for their already fragile relationship?
Jeff says: "Through embarking on this journey with Spencer I hope to provide the catalyst that will enable him to find himself, his courage and his confidence, break down the psychological restrictions he places on himself and for us to grow close once more after our 15 years of living with some distance between us."
My Brother And Me is the surprising and uplifting journey of two people finally learning how to understand and accept each other for who they are.
A Firecracker Films production
Unhealthy young Brits who pride themselves on living for the moment are immersed into the world of super-fit, health-obsessed old age pensioners, in this entertaining format.
The programme offers an innovative and entertaining solution to the problem of their unsound lifestyles by taking young, carefree Brits into the world of some of the most health-obsessed, super-fit geriatrics on the planet, and seeing if the experience shocks them into changing their ways.
In each episode, a group of four supremely unhealthy Brits (in both mind and body) spend a week living in a different "active retirement community" in America.
The Brits – all sharing an attitude of not caring about what they do to their bodies while they're young – spend the week living with exercise-addicted mentors, who believe in doing everything in their power to prolong their lives.
Adhering to strict daily health and fitness regimes, these inspirational American "seniors" are determined to instil their active living ethos and their love of life into their unhealthy, apathetic young guests.
At the end of the week, the Brits face a final test to assess their progress… can they beat a group of pensioners in a demanding physical fitness competition?
BBC Front Desk Publicity
A Betty TV production
Fourteen-year-old Rebecca is an ordinary schoolgirl from the Isle of Man – but in Japan she is known as Beckii Cruel, a teen icon and an internet sensation.
Beckii became famous in Japan after uploading films of herself performing an eccentric Japanese dance called Danjo onto YouTube, which attracted almost half a million hits. She was then approached by a Japanese music manager and has now recorded five singles, released her own DVD and appeared on Japan's biggest TV shows. She is the third most subscribed musician of all time on YouTube in Japan.
Despite getting what every girl is supposed to dream of – fame – life is not easy for this 14-year-old. Being a child doing a job in a very adult world isn't always fun and games. Balancing two different lives on opposite sides of the world is tricky, and wrestling with the consequences of a mainly male Japanese fan base can be embarrassing... especially if you've never even had a boyfriend.
In this intriguing documentary BBC Three explores the real world of Beckii, and discovers that the implications of being famous at 14 are anything but straightforward.
BBC Front Desk Publicity
A Hey Buddy production
Following the success of last year's season, the Adult Season returns to explore the pressures on young people to grow up quickly, and what it means to be an adult. The season brought the channel two of its strongest weeks ever.
Danny Cohen, Controller BBC Three, says: "Every programme in this Season takes a different perspective on what it means to become an adult. It's a mix of documentaries, current affairs and entertainment that young audiences simply would not find elsewhere across the British television landscape – and asserts once again the unique public service role BBC Three is playing for younger viewers."
If your parent is physically unwell, school friends' sympathy and a shoulder to cry on are often at hand. But for a young person with a parent suffering from mental health problems, the stigma can be overwhelming and domestic upheaval can be an unspoken secret.
In this intimate and deeply personal authored documentary, Tulisa from chart-smashing N-Dubz recounts growing up with a mother who suffered from a schizo-affective disorder, and the pressure it placed upon her. Tulisa also travels the country to meet other young Britons caring for a mentally ill mum or dad.
A Mentorn Media production
Georgia is a hard-working, studious and academic 14-year-old whose unusual life is reaching a crossroads. Her mother is tabloid favourite Alicia Douvall, who instinctively sees a career path similar to her own in the modelling industry as best for her daughter. But Georgia has other plans and would like to consider becoming an actress or an architect.
This is a film about the extraordinary relationship between a daughter and her mother who has come to symbolise the values of our looks- and fame-obsessed times. The pair share a warm and unique bond and Georgia explains what life is like growing up with a mum under the intense scrutiny of celebrity culture, and how this influences the decisions she makes as she continues her journey to adulthood.
A Firecracker production
Jasmine, or Jazz to her friends, like any typical teenager loves shopping, clothes, and gossiping with her mates. She lives in North Wales with her mum Bev and Chihuahua Pebbles. But, unlike most teenagers, Jazz and her mother are living with a rare and undiagnosed form of dwarfism. Jazz has also been registered carer for her mum since the age of 11.
The programme follows Jazz in the run-up to her 16th birthday. It's a pivotal time in any teen's life, but Jazz is preparing not only to attend the Little People of America convention in New York, but also to leave North Wales with her mum for a new life of independence in England. She also takes steps to meet her real father for the first time.
A Nine Lives Media production
From sashes and tiaras to diamante eyelashes and spray tans, BBC Three dives extensions first into the burgeoning world of the UK beauty pageant industry in a new, six-part series, Baby Beauty Queens.
Last year, BBC Three broadcast a single film, Baby Beauty Queens, described as "poignant, hilarious and unsettling" by The Sunday Times. This new series explores the pressures on young people to grow up too quickly by shining a spotlight on life for aspiring pageant queens and child models in an image-obsessed Britain.
Five years ago there were no children's beauty pageants in the UK. There are now over 20, with thousands of girls – and some boys – taking part. Baby Beauty Queens follows several children eager to shine, looking at the preparation, self-confidence, bravery and talent needed to succeed on the pageant scene and in the modelling industry, and at the costs and benefits to children and their parents – both emotionally and financially.
A Landmark Films production
Young, Dumb And Living Off Mum returns with eight inept and spoilt young adults used to being waited on hand and foot by their parents. It's time for Adam, Danielle, Marc, Chloe, Coran, Harri, Iman and Levi, all aged 17-23, to sever those apron strings and stand on their own two feet.
In a bid to show they can fend for themselves they move into a house together, where they will quickly need to learn the basics such as making their own beds, cooking, cleaning and budgeting. This will be the first time in their lives that they have had to shoulder any responsibility.
Each week they'll be sent out to work in the real world by their parents, who will set them a challenge. To avoid being sent packing at the end of each challenge they will have to put in some hard work – from shifts at one of Britain’s largest zoos to a stint at a retirement village.
To secure a chance of winning a round-the-world trip they will have to show beyond doubt that they have changed for the better, that they are ready to become adults and – most importantly – gain the respect of their parents.
A Monkey Kingdom production
Growing up is hard enough for most young people, but how different would it be if you couldn't view the world for yourself because you were blind?
This thought-provoking film follows four young blind people on the rollercoaster ride to adulthood as they try to work out what they want from their lives. Eighteen-year-old Dwight is looking for love and independence; Karen dreams of a career designing jewellery; and blind couple Katy and Scott are facing dilemmas about their future together.
BBC Front Desk Publicity
A Firecracker Films production
Following the success of its first series, Underage And Pregnant returns for a second eight-part run. Once again the candid half-hour programmes follow a mix of schoolgirl mums – and some dads – with varied backgrounds as they come to terms with pregnancy, birth and their new lives as parents.
Contributors include 14-year-old Courtnay, from Inverness, who had only just discovered she was in the early stages of her pregnancy when her boyfriend was killed in a car crash. After recovering from the horror of losing him, Courtnay, fully supported by both her family and his, comes to realise that her pregnancy has helped to ease her grief.
Throughout the series teenage mums and dads share their hopes and fears for their children and their new lives, giving a unique insight into the experiences of teenage parents; from the decisions they must make and the challenges that face them to how every aspect of their lives is affected.
A Mentorn production
This warm-hearted and emotional film follows 22-year-old Alice as she searches for her biological dad.
During Alice's life there have been six different men who at some point have played the role of dad to her. Some have meant more to her than others, but there's one of these men Alice has no memory of – the man she believes is her real dad. In this film Alice sets off on a journey to meet these different men from her childhood, in the hope of discovering what it really means to be a dad.
In one final challenge Alice, who has recently become engaged, has to make the difficult decision of which dad will walk her down the aisle.
BBC Front Desk Publicity
A Raw Television production