Musician Connor Ball, reality TV star Amy Childs and boxer Dillian Whyte star in I’ve Been There
I’ve Been There is available on BBC iPlayer from 14 May and on BBC Sounds as a podcast series from 20 May
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Brand new series I’ve Been There sees three celebrities open up to presenter and Radio 1 host Katie Thistleton about a significant issue they have faced.
The series follows the celebrities as they discusses their own, personal experiences, before surprising two of their teenage fans and passing on their knowledge around the difficult subjects.
Available on BBC iPlayer from 14 May and later as a podcast on BBC Sounds, ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week, the three episodes see The Vamps’ Connor Ball discuss his struggles with anxiety, TV star Amy Childs examine her cosmetic surgery choices and professional boxer Dillian Whyte look at how boxing helped steer him away from the world of gang violence.
I’ve Been There: Connor Ball & Anxiety sees musician Connor open up about his mental health struggles. Connor's band The Vamps have enjoyed a string of chart hits and have amassed more than three billion streams worldwide to date. However, despite success and touring with some of the biggest names in music, Connor experienced severe panic attacks and had to cancel several appearances because of his anxiety. After seeking help and talking about his mental health with close family and friends, Connor surprises two fans in a Manchester studio, along with Katie, to talk through their anxiety and offer his advice.
I’ve Been There: Amy Childs & Cosmetic Surgery begins with Katie travelling to leafy Essex to meet the former The Only Way Is Essex star and discuss her cosmetic surgery regrets. Acknowledging that she felt part of the problem of young women seeking cosmetic procedures when she was on the show, Amy opens up about how enhancing her breasts eventually ended in a week-long hospital stay after her body rejected one of her implants, causing her excruciating pain. Amy visits two of her teenage fans, who are considering cosmetic procedures, to discuss her personal experiences and reveal how she regrets having her first procedures so young.
I’ve Been There: Dillian Whyte & Knife Crime follows interim World Heavyweight Champion Boxer Dillian. During a training break he reveals to Katie how he has lost several friends to knife crime. Dillian also opens up about being stabbed three times and shot twice before he discovered a love for boxing, which turned his life around. Dillian visits two aspiring teenage boxers in South London who have also experienced gang violence to inspire and encourage them on how to get better in the ring.
Cheryl Taylor, Head of Content, BBC Children’s, says: "The topics explored in I’ve Been There are big issues for young people today and we commend Amy, Connor and Dillian for being so open about their experiences. It’s that openness that resonated with the teenagers they visited and we hope will inspire many more watching and listening from home."
I’ve Been There is available on BBC iPlayer from 14 May and on BBC Sounds as a podcast series from 20 May.
Source BBC iPlayer
May 14, 2020 9:45am ET by BBC iPlayer