Uncovering the stories of Grenfell’s hidden victims on BBC Two
Reggie Yates: Searching For Grenfell’s Hidden Victims goes behind the headlines on a personal mission to unearth the human stories of the many residents whose lives were lost in the fire and about whom so very little is known.
Amid the aftermath that followed the Grenfell Tower fire - calls for justice, claims of conspiracy, accusations of social apartheid - it’s easy to forget that there is still so much we don’t know about many of those that died, who they were and how they lived before the fire. Reggie’s detailed search into these lives will give BBC Two audience a new and very personal perspective on this national tragedy.
With at least 20 victims who are only known by name, and the Coroner’s Court reporting on the cause of death for 'unidentified adult males' every week, Reggie will use every tool available to him - phone records, Skype and social media as well as official records - to track down information, and follow the trail of evidence wherever it takes him to discover more about the lost victims of one of the most horrific tragedies in recent London history.
Reggie hopes to piece together the human stories behind the tragedy, putting an individual identity and face to the names and piecing together complex truths about some of those lives. The film will shine a light on the economic and cultural forces that continues to push people out of their homes and pull so many to London.
'I grew up in an estate like Lancaster West to parents who had moved to the UK from Ghana, so I understand what it means to live in a community like that,' Reggie explains.
'And I understand the lazy preconceptions that sometimes exist. They are not places of decay and hopelessness, they are places of hope and energy and ambition. That’s the spirit I want to capture by uncovering the stories of those who lived there.'
'Reggie has developed into a brilliant filmmaker with an exceptional ability to listen,' says Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two. 'The tragedy at Grenfell is a national scandal, but it is also the story of individual families. Reggie’s film will explore the lives of the people whose lives changed forever that night.'