Fash­ion’s Dirty Se­crets

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Let’s be hon­est, this year’s Strictly Come Danc­ing line-up isn’t ex­actly the most star-stud­ded in the pro-celebrity ball­room con­test’s his­tory. But if the in­clu­sion of Stacey Doo­ley had you scratch­ing your head, clearly you haven’t been watch­ing much BBC Three.

Her doc­u­men­taries have been a main­stay of the chan­nel both be­fore and af­ter its switch to be­ing an on­line plat­form.

And the Beeb clearly thinks she has the po­ten­tial to reach an even wider au­di­ence, as her lat­est in­ves­tiga­tive film, Fash­ion’s Dirty Se­crets, is go­ing out in a prime-time BBC1 slot.

It finds Stacey ex­am­in­ing the shock­ing im­pact of our ap­petite for cheap cloth­ing.

To learn more, she trav­els thou­sands of miles around the globe to see how toxic chem­i­cals re­leased by the gar­ment in­dus­try are pol­lut­ing wa­ter­ways that mil­lions of peo­ple rely on.

In some of the most eye-open­ing scenes, she vis­its the for­mer Aral Sea, which was once one of the largest bod­ies of fresh wa­ter but has now been re­duced al­most en­tirely to dust.

Stacey has put her­self in some dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions in the name of in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism, but it seems that it’s her cur­rent stint on Strictly that’s re­ally got her wor­ried.

“I think ev­ery­one thinks, be­cause work is quite rock ‘n’ roll, that I’m quite brave, but I am quite ner­vous,” she says.

“Work is so heavy and it’s quite hard­core and it can be quite har­row­ing at times, so Strictly is to­tal es­capism — a real treat in that sense: danc­ing and en­joy­ing my­self and not hav­ing to be too earnest.”

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