‘Killed By My Debt was a savage drama that left me reeling – it was raw, true and brilliantly crafted’
The latest in a long-running series of hard-hitting dramas from BBC Studios, Killed By My Debt took the largely unnoticed story of Jerome Rogers and turned it into a national issue.
BBC Three’s one-off drama about a young man traumatised by debt and harangued by bailiffs was watched online and on BBC One by a combined 2.5 million, trended on Twitter and was written about in The Big Issue and the major tabloid and broadsheet newspapers.
The drama led to Jerome’s family meeting the government and the Ministry of Justice calling for evidence on the need for reform of the bailiff industry.
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A parliamentary hearing heard testimony from the family, the film-makers, charities and MPs, and Newham Council has since announced it will no longer use private bailiffs.
The judges said Killed By My Debt met BBC Three’s remit to chime with the experiences of young people, describing the programme as a beautifully crafted, acted and chilling warning about the country in which we live.
One judge praised its strong and realistic depiction of the struggle of so many people, with a standout performance from young lead Chance Perdomo.
“Killed By My Debt was a savage drama that left me reeling and that I’m still thinking about days later – it was raw, true and brilliantly crafted,” added another.
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