Channel 4 series to pay tribute to Jade Goody 10 years on from her death

Jade Goody Channel 4 show start date

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Channel 4 is to air a brand new series on Big Brother housemate Jade Goody.

The programme, which start in August, will look back on Jade 10 years after her death from cancer.


Jade proved one of reality TV's first big 'personalities' after appearing on Big Brother in 2002.

She starred in her own programmes including What Jade Did Next, Jade's Salon and Just Jade, plus made appearances on The Weakest Link and Stars In Their Eyes.

Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain will start Wednesday 7 August at 9pm on Channel 4

Channel 4 said of the new three-part series: "Ten years on from her death from cancer at the age of 27 this series will explore the Jade Goody phenomenon to tell a bigger story of social and cultural change in Britain, at a time when reality TV became the biggest and most polarising form of entertainment in the country.

"Featuring exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage, encompassing everything from the rise of celebrity culture and social media to the battlegrounds of class, race and sexual politics, the series will offer a fresh and compelling insight into the story of our recent past."

The series will be directed by award winning film maker and former C4 commissioner Rob Coldstream whose credits include The Rise and Fall of Tony Blair and Last Days of Anne Boleyn.


Rob said: “Jade was a hugely charismatic personality. She made an indelible impact on our culture - and her incredible life story holds up a mirror to many of the big themes and preoccupations of our time - from fame and celebrity to race and gender politics.”

Alisa Pomeroy, Commissioning Editor Documentaries added: "Jade is a figure who couldn't have existed at any other moment in history. Her story is the story of the noughties and I'm very excited about what will essentially be a popular history series, told through the prism of an electric, much-loved personality."

Although she didn't win the show, Jade became famous enough to return to the house in 2007 for the Celebrity series.

However that year saw Jade caught up in Celebrity Big Brother's 'race row' involving Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. Over 44,000 complaints were made to Ofcom about the incident, making it the second most complained about moment on UK TV ever.

Celebrity Big Brother took a year off in 2008, while Jade went on to reunite with Shilpa when taking part in the Indian version of the show.


Two days into the series, Jade left the house after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.

She was told in February 2009 that her cancer was terminal before passing away in March, 2009, aged 27.

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