Sunday, 17 May 2009

BBC looking for same sex couples with children for new series

The BBC have just begun production on a series for BBC Two all about the British family. It is a four-part social history series in which each episode will look at a different theme, covering Marriage, Sex, Work and Money, and Childhood. Each episode will also move on in time, so the series will start just after the war and end in the present day. The fourth episode will therefore look at children within the family in the last 15 years or so. The series is being presented by Kirsty Young, presenter of Desert Island Discs, who will travel around the country meeting both families with particular stories to tell as well as academics and professionals, with a view to building up a comprehensive picture of the changes the British family has gone through in the last 60 years.

As same sex couples are now part and parcel of everyday family life in Britain, we are keen to find a family to illustrate this, and I wondered whether you might be able to help. As the series is social history rather than current affairs, it's better for us if the parents aren't new parents, so perhaps they were bringing their children up in the late 90s/early 00s. Ideally we would speak to both parents and children (who may now be in their late teens/early 20s) about the experience of being/having gay parents, but we would also want to involve them in the rest of the programme on other issues that we will be speaking to all our families about. It's more about drawing out the common experiences of families which on the face of it might appear different.

If you are interested, contact Jennifer on Jennifer.Forde(at)bbc.co.uk
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