The dark side of reality TV is set to be explored in a new BBC drama inspired by the recent tragedies of Love Island and Jeremy Kyle contestants.
TV and radio presenter Reggie Yates has written Killed By My Fame, an hour-long BBC3 drama which aims to “shine a light on the brutal side of reality TV”.
It's been described as "a gripping and revealing factual drama" which explores the impact it has on participants, including "instant fame, toxic masculinity, social media and suicide."
The drama will be the first time Yates has written for TV and explore the complications that can arise from instant fame and social media.
Killed By My Fame will follow the rise and fall of a reality star, examining what checks are really made about those who are chosen to share their lives in detail with millions of viewers on TV. The show will go on to then show what happens once the cameras stop rolling.
"Growing up in television I've continued to be fascinated by the evolution of reality TV," Yates said.
"I've often questioned how affecting whirlwind fame can become once the cameras are gone. All too often the audience sees the glamour and popularity that comes with being in the public eye, but in this drama, we explore the true impact instant fame can have. I'm delighted to be partnering with BBC Three for my television writing debut and having a further creative voice as an executive producer."
The factual drama comes months after MPs launched an inquiry into reality TV's duty of care towards participants, following the deaths of former Love Island contestants, Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, and Jeremy Kyle guest Steve Dymond.
While the Jeremy Kyle show was axed in May, campaigners have been urging ITV bosses to follow suit with Love Island.
"Reality TV has never had a higher profile and during the weeks and months these shows grace our screens, the stars of these programmes become constant companions," The BBC says.
"They are a real-life cast of people’s princesses and pantomime villains, serving up daily drama for viewers’ entertainment."
"It reflects on the making and breaking of a reality star and examines what we really know about these people whose fame is borne out of sharing their lives with millions of people every week."
The release date of the drama – which will air on BBC Three – is as yet unknown.
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