BBC Three is teaming up with YouTuber and journalist Riyadh Khalaf for a new series exploring Queer Britain.
The six-part weekly series aims to get under the skin of queer culture and shine a light on the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community in modern Britain.
Riyadh – who has a Middle Eastern and Irish heritage – uses his own personal experiences to investigate issues affecting many 16-35 year-old LGBTQ+ people across the UK. Across the series, Riyadh will meet those sleeping rough as a consequence of their sexuality and those who are shunned by the LGBTQ+ community, as well as go behind the scenes with performers from the highly successful club night, Sink The Pink.
Riyadh Khalaf says: “I’m incredibly excited for Queer Britain to be released. This was a real passion-project which has moved, inspired and educated me in more ways than I ever could have imagined. The series pulls no punches and goes straight to the heart of the issues facing LGBTQ+ people in the UK today. At times it’ll make you feel uncomfortable, shocked and maybe even upset, but overall I think you will see the beauty and diversity of this community in its full glory. This is a raw representation of modern Queer life – the highs, the lows and the high heels!”
Max Gogarty, Executive Producer for BBC Three, adds: “This is an exciting series that offers a distinctive, contemporary and colourful look at what it means to be young and queer in Britain today. Launching a formidable new talent in Riyadh, a diverse and young team behind the camera, plus brilliant short-form for social around each episode, I’m sure it will have real impact with audiences and the wider community.”
The show will start on Sunday 7th May on BBC iPlayer and BBC Three’s YouTube channel. For more on what’s coming soon to BBC Three, click here.