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BBC Hit With Complaints Over What Harvey Did Next Documentary

Gregory Robinson

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BBC Hit With Complaints Over What Harvey Did Next Documentary

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The BBC has received more than 100 complaints after it aired a documentary featuring Katie Price and her son Harvey Price.

What Harvey Did Next aired on last week and served as a follow-up to Katie Price: Harvey and Me, a one-off documentary that aired last year which explored how Katie cares for Harvey, 19, who has Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS).

The new documentary followed Harvey as he transitioned into life at a specialist residential college, with the help of his mum Katie, and camera crews filmed as he struggled to get used to his new surroundings.

The documentary focuses on Harvey Price moving to College. (Credit: BBC)
The documentary focuses on Harvey Price moving to College. (Credit: BBC)

While many viewers praised the documentary on social media, others were not impressed. A total of 103 complaints were filed by disgruntled viewers, which was revealed in the fortnightly report for the BBC complaints service.

The complaints said Katie, 43, was an "inappropriate subject for a documentary". Viewers also raised concerns about featuring a "vulnerable young adult" in a documentary.

The documentary was commissioned before Katie's drink-driving crash in which her BMW flipped over.

Katie's car accident, which happened in September 2021, was addressed briefly in the documentary. She was given a 16-week suspended jail sentence for drink-driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Katie and Harvey have appeared in two BBC documentaries. (Credit: BBC)
Katie and Harvey have appeared in two BBC documentaries. (Credit: BBC)

The mum-of-five spoke about the crash and her mental health in an interview with Good Morning Britain in January.

"The events leading up to it were very traumatic and it’s been very traumatic afterwards," she explained.

There’s reasons why I got in that car, my mental state, when I’m ready to talk about it all I’ll talk about it.

“I feel ashamed about it, but it was all traumatic build up to it all and the reasons I’m still dealing with now.

“I think people shouldn’t judge people - there’s always reasons. I’m seeing a therapist.

“I am in a very good headspace now.”

Most viewers had a positive reaction to the documentary. (Credit: BBC)
Most viewers had a positive reaction to the documentary. (Credit: BBC)

In What Harvey Did Next, Harvey took a big step in adulthood after moving away from the family home for the very first time. The teen became a resident at the specialist college, National Star, and eventually took part in work experience in a shop on the college's campus and even made a birthday cake for his friend.

Katie also met with parents who have children attending the same school as Harvey.

The documentary goes behind the scenes and discovers how staff at the college work with young adults with special needs and disabilities to ease them into adulthood.

What Harvey Did Next is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now.

Topics: TV And Film, BBC, News, Celebrity

Gregory Robinson
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