Anorexia drama Overshadowed coming to BBC Three

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BBC Three has commissioned a new show based on Eva O’Connor’s award-winning play, Overshadowed, which follows the journey of a young vlogger whose life is derailed by the personified presence of anorexia.

Penned by Irish TV newcomers Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan, the drama is the now-digital only channel’s latest offering for younger audiences. Supporting that is the format, which consists of eight vlog posts from Imogene’s point of view.

Executive produccer Kay Mellor said: “I Am so excited and thrilled that Overshadowed has been commissioned for BBC Three. It is such an important, modern story of our times, told in an innovative and exciting way by two young people.

“It has long been a dream of mine to bbe able to help give a voice to new writers and I am delighted to be championing Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan, who have something really important to say.”

The eating disorder will take the form of new best friend Anna (O’Connor), who emerges just as Imogene starts to become more and more fragile.

“Overshadowed is an incredibly exciting piece that showcases BBC Three’s ambition to support young talent telling stories that matter,” added BBC Drama’s senior commissioning editor Elizabeth Kilgarriff. “This is an important subject told from a compelling and unflinchingly honest perspective by the brilliant Eva and Hildegard and, with the support and experience of the wonderful Kay Mellor and Sian Palfrey, this is going to be a very special piece for the BBC Three audience.”