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People Are Calling Reggie Yates' New BBC Series A 'Masterpiece'

People Are Calling Reggie Yates' New BBC Series A 'Masterpiece'

'Make Me Famous' explores the dark side of reality TV fame.

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara Sheppard

Reggie Yates' brand new BBC drama - all about the dark sides of fame - is being called a "masterpiece" by viewers.

Make Me Famous - which landed on iPlayer last week - follows the story of Billy (Tom Brittney), whose life is turned upside down when he makes his way onto a reality TV show.

Written by Reggie - and based on real interviews with reality TV stars - the story chronicles the highs and lows of Billy's fame.

"When Billy succeeds in impressing the producers of a fictional constructed reality show, he believed his life is set to change forever," the show synopsis reads.

"A year after the show has aired, while some of Billy's co-star's careers are thriving, Billy struggles to balance the afterglow of fame, social media, and tabloid kiss and tells, and the resulting assumptions people have made about his character forcing deep vulnerabilities to the surface.

"Can Billy escape the reputation that now precedes him?"

Actress Emma Rigby stars alongside Tom Brittney (

Already, the television film is getting rave reviews from viewers, with some calling it a "masterpiece" and even a "must watch" for anyone considering applying for a reality TV show.

"I have just seen make me famous on bbc iplayer. So true and so honest @REGYATES Thank you so much for creating a master piece," one wrote.

"#MakeMeFamous really is a must watch for anyone thinking of applying reality show fame. Brilliant drama from @REGYATES," said another.

The drama - starring Tom Brittney, Amanda Abbington, Tilly Keeper, Aiysha Hart, Nina Sosanya and Emma Rigby - appears to have hit home for viewers, particularly given the recent tragedies.

In June 2018, Love Island contestant Sophie Gradon, 32, was found dead at her parents' home in Medburn, Ponteland, having taken her life.

Heartbreakingly, the following year, Mike Thalassitis - who was also a contestant on the ITV reality show - was found dead in a park near his home in Edmonton, North London.

'Love Island' star Mike Thalassitis tragically took his own life in 2019 (

Most recently in February, much-loved TV presenter Caroline Flack was found dead in her flat in East London.

"Wow. Just watched #MakeMeFamous on BBC. A hard, but so important watch. I couldnt stop thinking about Mike Thalassitis," one viewer said.

"#MakeMeFamous shows the harsh reality of reality TV, where people become brands they can't escape and are always in performance mode," another wrote, adding: "Painful to watch but important to know how being in the spotlight can affect people in dramatic ways @REGYATES."

This seems like an important watch for all. If you haven't seen it yet, you can catch Make Me Famous on BBC iPlayer now or you catch watch it on BBC One on Thursday 25th at 9.05pm.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: TOWIE, TV News, TV Entertainment