Channel 4 has commissioned Flabbergast TV to make four-part series Love My Face, marking the Glasgow-based company’s first commission for the channel following its Emerging Indie Fund discretionary award last year.
The format, led by disability campaigner Jono Lancaster, follows people with a range of visible facial differences as they seek support, advice and explore transformative treatments to help accept or address their differences.
In each episode, three people with facial differences – whether congenital, chronic, acquired or perceived – receive mental health support from Lancaster, who has first-hand experience of how the world can treat people differently simply because of how they look. He will support each person to examine why they want to change their face, how they could learn to love themselves, and explore whether medical treatments and procedures are really the best route for their individual circumstances.
The contributors will then meet with a team of facial medical experts who will explore potential treatment plans that use state-of-the-art technology and equipment and techniques to potentially help transform the elements of their condition or appearance that trouble them most. Whether they choose to follow this route or not, they’ll be supported.
Deborah Dunnett, commissioning editor for Channel 4, said: “Love My Face is a moving series, giving people who feel judged control and choice over their future, and there’s nobody better to guide them through the process than Jono Lancaster and our passionate doctors.”
Andrew Snowball, creative director, Flabbergast TV is executive producer.
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