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Rapper to front suicide documentary

Published 01/06/2015 | 14:36

Professor Green lost his father to suicide in 2008
Professor Green lost his father to suicide in 2008
Professor Green was 24 when his father killed himself

Rapper Professor Green has signed up to present a BBC Three documentary investigating his father's suicide.

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The star, real name Stephen Manderson, was 24 when his father killed himself and has written about it in several songs.

Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh pose on their wedding day at Babington House
Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh pose on their wedding day at Babington House

He said: "When the opportunity to front a BBC documentary on the topic of suicide presented itself I knew it would be a tough subject to tackle. Suicide is the biggest killer of men aged 20 to 45 and yet when you present people with this fact they are completely shocked.

"The truth is, suicide is still considered a taboo subject but it shouldn't be. Not only is this a deeply personal journey for me but also I've been fortunate to meet some amazing people along the way with their own incredibly moving stories as well as those who are creating public awareness around the topic of suicide.

"If anything comes from this documentary it's that we should not feel ashamed or embarrassed to open up and talk to those around us about our feelings, in particular young men. Collectively we need to break the stigma surrounding suicide."

The channel's controller D amian Kavanagh also announced plans for a follow-up to the Bafta Award-winning Murdered By My Boyfriend.

Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh pose on their wedding day at Babington House
Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh pose on their wedding day at Babington House

The show, Murdered By My Father, is the story of a 16-year-old girl murdered in a so-called "honour killing".

It is based on real-life testimonies and is described as " a contemporary kind of Romeo and Juliet for a multicultural Britain".

Professor Green on air
Professor Green on air

Mr Kavanagh said: "BBC Three has a history of making thought-provoking, hard-hitting documentaries and Stephen's documentary on suicide and Murdered By My Father follow firmly in that vein. These are exactly the kinds of programme BBC Three should be making now and in the future."

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