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Rio and Kate: Becoming a Stepfamily

This intimate documentary follows the Ferdinands as Rio’s fiancée Kate Wright integrates into the family and becomes a step mum to his three children.

This intimate documentary follows the Ferdinand family as Rio’s fiancée Kate Wright integrates into the family and becomes a step mum to Rio’s three children, Lorenz, Tate and Tia. This is the next stage in the family’s journey following the BAFTA award-winning and critically acclaimed 2017 documentary, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad.

Two years after Rebecca’s passing, Rio also lost his mum, Janet, to cancer. So in the months leading up to their wedding, this deeply personal film will look at the complicated emotional dilemmas this newly formed family unit face following their double bereavement.

Taking on the roles of Rio’s new partner and mum to three grieving children, and with the memory of Rebecca and Janet still very much present, 27-year-old Kate is faced with a set of challenges unlike anything she has faced before.

Stepfamilies are now the fastest growing family type in the UK. It's estimated that a third of all families are now blended families. As Rio and Kate open up about their own experiences, they learn they’re not alone and that stepfamilies often have to overcome challenges when developing their new family units which can affect their mental wellbeing, with increased stress and anxiety, particularly for step-mums.

58 minutes

Last on

Thu 27 Feb 2020 02:15

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:55

    Dj Tisora



Role Contributor
Director Matt Smith
Producer Molly Sayers
Production Manager Halima Ottway
Executive Producer Jonathan Smith
Editor Martin Thompson
Production Company October Films Ltd
Production Company Circle Circle Films


  • Mon 10 Feb 2020 21:00
  • Wed 12 Feb 2020 23:30
  • Wed 12 Feb 2020 23:55
  • Thu 13 Feb 2020 00:35
  • Thu 27 Feb 2020 02:15