BBC Three today announced their Sorry Not Sorry season, an unapologetic season of programming celebrating stories of those who are taking back control of their identity and owning it.
The season kicks off on Sunday 18 June across BBC Three’s iPlayer and YouTube channels with Murdered For Being Different, the flagship programme following on from the award winning Murdered By My Father and Murdered By My Boyfriend.
Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three says: “BBC Three explores issues affecting 16-34 year olds across the UK and helps give them a voice and understand their place in the world. Our Sorry Not Sorry season offers a platform to proudly celebrate individuality within the UK, sharing inspirational stories of self-identity and uniqueness.”
The season will host a variety of new content made up of inspiring stories of people who celebrate their uniqueness, here’s what you can expect:
Murdered For Being Different
Sunday 18 June
The centre piece of the season begins with Murdered For Being Different – following the 2007 brutal attack of 20 year old Sophie Lancaster, in a small town in Lancashire. Sophie was kicked to death in a park by a gang of kids she didn’t know. Her boyfriend Robert Maltby was severely beaten into a coma. The two of them were randomly attacked because they were dressed as Goths, but Rob survived.
Made in close collaboration with Rob, his family, Sophie’s mother and the police investigating team, this factual drama is the true story of a young relationship and of the violence and chaos that destroyed their lives, for simply being different.
Leo: Becoming A Trans Man
Monday 19 June
Born biologically a girl, 15 year old Leo is one of the first children in Britain to be prescribed hormone blockers to help him achieve what he feels is his natural gender identity of being a man. BBC Three follows his difficult journey to finally be comfortable in his body and as he turns 16, Leo faces big changes and life changing decisions, including whether he will one day be able to have his own kids.
Don’t Deport Me, I’m British
Tuesday 27 June
In this emotionally charged one off one hour film, BBC Three follows the stories of three young men. All came to Britain as kids, grew up here and feel British. But after becoming adults, they discover the shocking news that British government no longer welcomes them in the UK.
20 year old Bashir has lived in Cardiff for eleven years, but is desperately fighting deportation back to Afghanistan. He hasn’t been there since he saw his father murdered by the Taliban, aged nine, and he escaped to Britain.
We meet 22 year old Londoner Francois, a few days after his deportation to Jamaica, where he hasn’t been since he was seven. He has a criminal record, but feels the Home Office deported him unfairly, by using an operation designed to expel dangerous criminals. Torn apart by the separation from his four year old son, he is determined to get back to the UK.
20 year old Bok was deported back to Bangladesh in 2015 just before his A Levels, after living in Eastbourne for seven years. But has he told the full truth about why he was sent to the UK in the first place by his family? And, as a victim of trafficking, was it justifiable for the British government to send him back?
I’m Coming Out
Sunday 2 July
Videos of teenagers coming out to their friends and family have become viral hits across the internet. Despite the common presumption that homosexuality is more widely accepted, many are still rejected by family and friends because of their sexuality.
In this 2 x 20 minute series, BBC Three follows two teenagers – 18 year old Ross from Cumbria and 19 year old bisexual Owen as they film their experiences and the emotional roller coaster that surrounds revealing your sexuality to family and friends.
Should I Marry My Cousin?
Tuesday 4 July
Eighteen-year-old Bradford-born Hiba Maroof faces a genuine moral dilemma – should she marry one of her cousins or go her own independent way? First-cousin marriage has gone on within Hiba’s family for generations.
In this informative, authentic and deeply personal film, the BBC Three audience will get insight into one person’s complex dilemma as Hiba finds out if it is possible and even sensible for her to desire such a close relative. We will follow Hiba as far as Pakistan where there are eligible cousins as she finally makes her decision – could she marry one of the family?
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