Channel 4 has handed out a series order to an as-yet untitled documentary that will explore the life and cultural significance of Jade Goody, who shot to fame as a contestant on Big Brother and died of cancer in 2010. The series is eyed for a 2019 premiere.
The series, which will consist of three hour-long films, will explore the Jade Goody phenomenon to tell a bigger story of social and cultural change in Britain, at a time when reality TV became the biggest and most polarising form of entertainment in the country.
Featuring exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage, encompassing everything from the rise of celebrity culture and social media to the battlegrounds of class, race and sexual politics, the series will offer a fresh and compelling insight into the story of our recent past. Blast! Films are producing, with former Channel 4 Commissioner Rob Coldstream serving as the director. Ed Coulthard is the executive producer.
“Jade was a hugely charismatic personality”, said Coldstream, whose prior credits include The Rise and Fall of Tony Blair and Last Days of Anne Boleyn. “She made an indelible impact on our culture – and her incredible life story holds up a mirror to many of the big themes and preoccupations of our time – from fame and celebrity to race and gender politics.” Coldstream’s
While Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor for Documentaries Alisa Pomeroy added: “Jade is a figure who couldn’t have existed at any other moment in history. Her story is the story of the noughties and I’m very excited about what will essentially be a popular history series, told through the prism of an electric, much-loved personality.”