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Prince William to Star in New TV Documentary on Cause Close to Heart

Prince William to Star in New TV Documentary on Cause Close to Heart

Prince William will feature in an upcoming TV documentary focused on changing perceptions around homelessness and demonstrating that the issue can be resolved. This initiative coincides with the one-year anniversary of his Homewards programme, aimed at tackling homelessness throughout the UK.

The future king’s efforts will be chronicled in a two-part series titled “Prince William: We Can End Homelessness,” set to air on ITV1 and ITVX this Autumn. The documentary will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the first year of Homewards, a five-year programme dedicated to ending homelessness. The series will spotlight the journeys of individuals who have experienced or are currently facing homelessness and feature supporters of the initiative.

Bafta award-winning director Leo Burley, who spent the past year documenting the Prince’s project, remarked on the powerful stories they’ve encountered. He explained, “From street homelessness in Newport to families in temporary accommodations in Sheffield and youth homelessness in Aberdeen, the documentary offers a comprehensive view of the UK’s homelessness crisis.”

Complementing the documentary is a new art exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Opening next month, the exhibition, titled “Homelessness: Reframed,” seeks to inspire optimism and understanding regarding homelessness. It will display works from notable artists like Rankin, Opake, and Marc Davenant. Additionally, Dave Martin, who Prince William has sold the Big Issue with, will have his art featured alongside pieces made by children and young people from the six focus areas of Homewards.

Homewards collaborates with various organizations, charities, and businesses to find scalable solutions to homelessness in locations such as Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, Lambeth in London, Newport, and Sheffield. The exhibition has been curated in partnership with Homewards, Eleven Eleven Foundation, and Saatchi Gallery. It has received guidance from experts who have experienced homelessness firsthand, including writer and director Lorna Tucker and award-winning social justice artist and educator David Tovey.

Amanda Berry, CEO of The Royal Foundation, expressed hope that the documentary and exhibition will raise essential awareness. “Television has the power to change hearts and minds. Homelessness can seem insurmountable, but by sharing real experiences and the efforts of those helping, we can inspire action,” she said. Berry also noted that the exhibition underscores the dedication of Homewards and The Royal Foundation to challenge long-standing perceptions about homelessness. “By giving a platform to those with lived experience, we hope to shift the narrative and show that homelessness is not an inevitable part of society.”

Prince William launched Homewards in June 2023 with the ambitious goal of making homelessness “rare, brief, and unrepeated.” The programme aims to demonstrate that ending homelessness is achievable.

“Homelessness: Reframed” will open at the Saatchi Gallery on Wednesday, August 7, and will run for six weeks until Friday, September 20.

Source: ITV1 and ITVX, Saatchi Gallery, The Royal Foundation