• The new series features Louis Smith, Kerry Katona and Jennifer Ellison


Today, Channel 5 announces the recommission of the celebrity-fronted documentary series, My Secret Past. For this third series, Louis Smith MBE, Kerry Katona and Jennifer Ellison will delve into their pasts and reflect on the secrets and suffering that has affected them personally.


The series – which is a co-production by Dragonfly and GroupM Entertainment – will explore a range of subjects from behavioural disorders to mental health and post-natal depression. Authored by the celebrity contributors themselves, we’ll hear first-hand how these personal issues have affected their lives, then and now, and speak to the people who witnessed their stories.


We’ll also speak to experts in each field and meet people in Britain going through the same issues today.


Louis Smith – ADHD: My Secret Past Olympic gymnast and Strictly Come Dancing star, Louis Smith MBE, was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when he was 6 years old. In ADHD: My Secret Past, Louis goes on a personal journey to find out more about his condition and reveals how the discipline of gymnastics and the target of Olympics glory helped him to control it. He’ll meet fellow sufferers and find out if the ADHD behaviours that he’s suppressed for so long will come back to haunt him.


Kerry Katona – Mental Health: My Secret Past Reality star and Atomic Kitten, Kerry Katona is famous for her public outbursts but why is she the way she is? In this personal journey, Kerry faces her mental health issues, retracing her troubled childhood to finally find some answers. What triggered her mental health problems and can she keep them under control in the future?


Jennifer Ellison – Post-Natal Depression: My Secret Past Jennifer Ellison is best known as a reality TV star and actress of the stage and screen. But behind the smiles, Jennifer kept a big secret: after the birth of her first son she suffered from Postnatal Depression and cried her way through what should have been one of the happiest times of her life. In Post-Natal Depression: My Secret Past, Jennifer goes on a mission to find out everything she can about a condition that affects many new mums, determined not to suffer in silence as she prepares to welcome baby number two.


Jason Wells, Acting Commissioning Editor for News, Current Affairs and Documentaries said: “In My Secret Past, celebrities open up and reveal deeply personal insights into the issues they’ve faced in their lives – from mental health problems to ADHD. Their efforts to confront head on these tough subjects that have affected not only them but also many other people in the UK, along with a desire to help other suffers make for a moving and inspiring programme.”


Paul Durgan, Series Producer at Dragonfly adds: “My Secret Past reveals celebrities in the raw. As they journey back into their past, we witness both their shock/some shocking revelations and the strength they have found to cope with the issue that’s impacted on their life. And as they meet and mentor young people dealing with the same issues – from ADHD to post-natal depression – some of our best-known faces prove to them they are not alone and that life really can change for the better."


The series will TX on Channel 5 next year.


For further information and press requests please contact the Channel 5 Press Office: Victoria Shires / 020 7098 2828 / victoria.shires@outside-org.co.uk


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About Channel 5: The channel launched as Britain’s fifth and final terrestrial broadcaster in March 1997. In July 2010, the network was sold to British media powerhouse Northern & Shell and it currently attracts well over 40 million viewers a month. We were the only terrestrial commercial family of channels and only terrestrial commercial channel to have grown year on year in 2012. Channel 5 is the destination for must see entertainment, sport, documentary, kids, drama, film and news output. Pivotal channel programming includes a diverse mix to attract viewers of all ages, including the Extraordinary People and Revealed strands, The Hotel Inspector, Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Wedding Planner, My Secret Past, Big Body Squad, Benidorm ER, Killers Behind Bars, Home & Away, Neighbours, 5 News as well as the award winning children’s strand, Milkshake! Channel 5 is the terrestrial home of all England Cricket summer Internationals. Channel 5’s successful drama franchises include CSI, The Mentalist, Justified, Sons of Anarchy and Once Upon A Time.


About Dragonfly Film and Television Productions Ltd: Dragonfly Film and Television Productions Ltd is a UK independent production company and has been part of the Shine Group since 2007. Dragonfly has produced more than 200 hours of mainly factual television for various channels, including Channel 4, Five, the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery and Sky One. At Dragonfly, our aim is simple: to make television that’s daring and different. This is reflected in our shows which are innovative, cutting edge and increasingly diverse. Programmes such as the BAFTA nominated series The Family, the BAFTA Award winning One Born Every Minute and The Hotel are renowned for their original fixed camera approach to observational film making; this brings a fresh insight and sensitivity to previously covered subject matter. Many of these shows have been sold, or re-made around the world, with One Born Every Minute currently being produced for Lifetime in the US, M6 in France and TV4 in Sweden. To date we’ve produced an incredible range of single documentaries, factual dramas and live events, working with some of the most talented people in the industry in the process.


About GroupM Entertainment: The primary role of GroupM Entertainment is to produce, finance and distribute entertainment properties for a wide range of international TV and digital markets. The company’s primary business interests extend across all media platforms and a variety of genres, including entertainment, factual entertainment, factual and drama.

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