Fashion’s Dirty Secrets
Monday, BBC1, 9pm
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.”