Media Interest

Respected independent production company Whatlarks are working on a project for BBC3 to realise a program on young people growing up after being born prematurely. Emily Wallis development Researcher for WhatLarks got in touch with the EPICure team and we are placing the ball in your court now. Emily wanted to pass on this message:

One of the success stories of modern medicine has been the increasing survival of very premature babies. But what happens when these babies grow up? How does prematurity shape young people’s lives as they make the transition into adulthood. These are some of the questions we would like to explore in a BBC3 documentary about young people coming of age who were born prematurely. The 1990s witnessed some key milestones in the development of healthcare for babies born prematurely. These babies have informed the way we’ve looked after premature babies ever since and shaped healthcare policy all around the world. Through the personal experiences of four or five of these babies – now in their late teens - this film will explore how they are supported today, their ambitions and how surviving a premature birth is only a small part of their story.

We’re keen to hear from anyone who would be interested in being involved in the film whether that be helping us with our research or potentially participating in the film. Please be assured getting in touch with us at this initial stage is in no way a commitment to being involved at a later stage. any

A bit of background about us, Claire Whalley, our Managing Director, has made a number of highly sensitive documentary films including a series filming with the Amish for Channel 4. Her credits also include the BBC's Bafta Award winning, The Choir, the BBC's Sissinghurst, an observational documentary exploring the relationship between the National Trust and the Nicolson family. We recently made The Great British Paraorchestra, a Channel 4 Arts documentary about the very first disabled orchestra, The First Masterchef: Michel Roux on Escoffier, a documentary exploring the life and influence of the chef Escoffier for BBC4 and The Genius of Josiah Wedgwood, a BBC2 documentary with the historian AN Wilson telling the story of Josiah Wedgwood, which was recently nominated for a Grierson award.

If you are interested in contributing to the making of this important program please contact Emily directly either by email: emily@whatlarks.tv or by phone: 02033272880 or 07811740162. Thank you!