The documentary maker – whose latest ITV film ‘On The NHS Frontline’ saw him visit a hospital during the health crisis – has been confirmed for a new series as part of the Beeb’s plans to keep audiences informed, educated and entertained during lockdown.
‘Ross Kemp: Britain’s Volunteer Army’ will shine a light on some of the UK’s 750,000 volunteers amid the ongoing pandemic.
He said: “It makes me immensely proud to see the British public mobilising in their thousands to come to the assistance of the vulnerable in our society, and the NHS, in their time of need.
“This pandemic has produced all sorts of unlikely heroes and it will be a real privilege to meet some of them and celebrate their selfless work.”
In a press release, BBC described the programme as “an uplifting celebration of the nation coming together to help one another in a time of uncertainty and fear, as Ross gets stuck in and volunteers in his own neighbourhood”.
The broadcaster has also announced more factual commissions, including ‘Saving Our Nurses’ which will follow a revolutionary scheme looking to reverse the trend which sees over a third of NHS nurses looking for new roles.
Furthermore, ‘Our Finest Hours’ – narrated by Sophie Raworth – will look at other moments in history where Britain has come together in a crisis, combining wartime archive and contemporary news footage.
‘HealthCheck UK Live’ will be returning to the schedule with a mix of surprise guests and expert guidance.
Carla-Maria Lawson – Head of Daytime and Early Peak – added: “Viewers look to BBC One Daytime programming to offer reassurance and trustworthy content which also entertains, especially in times of heightened uncertainty.
“We can bring the nation together through storytelling which has integrity, heart and humanity at its core.”
News sourced from: Female First