BBC Three to explore what life is like living with autism

BBC Three presents a ground-breaking series of programmes about young people with autism.

Most young adults take their freedom for granted – they can choose their friends, stay out late, learn to drive and decide what they want to do as a career. For people growing up on the autistic spectrum, life can be very different.

But what is it like to grow up living with autism? In a series of warm and insightful films, BBC Three explores the complex lives of these young people as well as the challenges they face.

Danny Cohen, Controller BBC Three, says: “Thought-provoking factual programming sits at the heart of BBC Three and I hope the diverse range of documentaries and events in the season will be insightful, challenging and inspiring.”

The Autistic Me – 1 Year On (working title)

Following on from last year’s acclaimed documentary, The Autistic Me, this new film catches up with Oliver, Alex and Thomas a year after director Matt Rudge first met them. For the lives of these young men on the autistic spectrum, the past 12 months has seen some dramatic changes and upheavals in all of their lives, as they continue their journey into adulthood.

The Autistic Driving School (working title)

Most teenagers want to learn how to drive. It represents a coming of age, a new beginning and a sense of freedom, but it is a daunting and stressful experience even for the calmest of individuals – much more so for those with autism.

Autism, Disco And Me

Andy and Sheila Hobley have three children, 16-year-old Alex and 10-year-old twins George and James. But they are not a typical family – all three boys have autism. Alex is an Emo, George likes playing computer games and James likes dancing – he is, in fact, a champion disco dancer.

The Autistic Proms (working title)

A two-part documentary series with a unique event at its heart has been commissioned as part of BBC Three’s Living With Autismseason. The Autistic Proms (working title) follows a group of young autistic people with a passion for music, as they prepare for what could be the biggest night of their lives.



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