Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain

Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

Jade Goody became a totem for the times in 2002 when she entered the Big Brother house. In a three-part series marking the tenth anniversary of her death, aged 27 from cervical cancer, it’s so easy to see how she heralded the era of famous-for-being-famous, tabloid excess and trolling.

Widely derided in newspapers for being thick and a “chav”, she became infamous for an on-air sex act with a fellow contestant, and for her puzzlement at the geographical location of “East Angular”. The baying eviction-night mob shrieked at her for being a “pig”, but then, slowly, the tide turned. She left the BB house and proved a canny manipulator of her own image.

Summary

Ten years on from her death, this programme explores the rollercoaster life of Jade Goody, one of the most loved - and hated - reality TV stars. It tells a bigger story of class, politics 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, the series explores how Jade's life story mirrors a period of astonishing social change in Britain.

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer Ed Coulthard
Series Director Rob Coldstream
Series Producer Clare Cameron
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