First look at BBC Three one-off drama about impact of “fast fame” on reality TV stars

The hour-long drama Make Me Famous, written by Reggie Yates, will feature actors from the likes of Grantchester, Sherlock and EastEnders

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 02/04/2020 - Programme Name: Make Me Famous - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  Michelle (EMMA RIGBY), Billy (TOM BRITTNEY) - (C) Expectation - Photographer: Dean Rogers

BBC Three has announced casting for its upcoming drama about fictional reality stars, written by presenter and broadcaster Reggie Yates.

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In Make Me Famous, Grantchester’s motor-cycling vicar Tom Brittney plays Billy, a young man who finds both fame and notoriety on a “fictional constructed-reality show”.

“When Billy succeeds in impressing the producers of a fictional constructed-reality show, he believes his life is set to change forever,” reads the official series synopsis. “A year after the show has aired, while some of Billy’s co-stars’ careers are thriving, Billy struggles to balance the afterglow of fame, social media, and tabloid kiss & tells, and the resulting assumptions people have made about his character – forcing deep vulnerabilities to the surface.

“Can Billy escape the reputation that now precedes him?”

Brittney leads a star-studded cast, which includes the likes of Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, Mr Selfridge), Aiysha Hart (Line Of Duty, Atlantis), Nina Sosanya (Killing Eve, W1A), Emma Rigby (Hollyoaks, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland), Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge (Enterprice) and Tilly Keeper (EastEnders).

Brittney said that he “hope[s] Billy’s story will give audiences more compassion towards the people they see on screen.”

Creator Yates added: “It’s been a year in the making but it’s great to finally share this film with the BBC Three audience, who I feel have grown up alongside me, and I hope will resonate with our main character, Billy, who is very close to my heart.”

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Make Me Famous will air on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer. Check out what else is on with our TV Guide