Newcomer Chance Perdomo and Craig Parkinson (Line Of Duty) have been set to star in BBC Three’s one-off factual drama Killed By My Debt. Chance Perdomo takes on the key role of Jerome Rogers, while Craig Parkinson plays The Bailiff.
Killed By Me Debt tells the true story of Jerome Rogers, a 19-year-old motorbike courier from Croydon, who sees two unpaid £65 traffic fines escalating to more than a thousand pounds. Unravelling under the pressure of his mounting debt and with his only source of income – his bike – clamped, Jerome took his own life.
The one-off continues the trend of factual dramas on BBC Three, following in the foot-steps of Don’t Take My Baby, Murdered By My Father, Murdered By My Boyfriend and Murdered For Being Different. “This drama is an incredibly important British story and a devastating examination of the damage wrought on one family by low income, unstable jobs and debt”, said BBC Three Controller Damian Kavanagh. “It is an issue that affects many in the country, mainly young people, and I’m proud that BBC Three continues to bring thought-provoking, powerful storytelling to younger audiences.”
Rounding out the cast is Juliet Cowan (Friday Night Dinner, Fresh Meat) as Jerome’s mum Tracey Rogers, Tom Walker (AKA YouTube sensation Jonathan Pie) as Jerome’s CitySprint controller, Calvin Demba (Kingsman, Youngers) as Jerome’s brother, and Steve Toussaint (Line Of Duty) as Tracey’s partner Bentley Duncan.
The one-hour film will be available online later this month. Director Joseph Bullman and writer Tahsin Guner worked closely with Jerome’s family – and with the testimony and evidence given to the inquest into Jerome’s death, which included ‘bodycam’ recordings of Jerome’s confrontations with the bailiffs. It is produced by BBC Studios Documentary Unit, with Aysha Rafaele serving as the executive producer. “BBC Three is unrivalled in its commitment to bringing the most urgent social issues to its young audience and with the support of Jerome’s family we are honoured to be able to help raise awareness of the devastating consequences of debt on young people’s lives”, Rafaele added.