BBC to air documentary about fall of Kids Company next week

28 Jan 2016 News

A new documentary which follows Camila Batmanghelidjh during the collapse of Kids Company is set to air on BBC One next Wednesday.

A new documentary which follows Camila Batmanghelidjh during the collapse of Kids Company is set to air on BBC One next Wednesday.

Kids Company officially closed on 5 August 2015, with the loss of over 600 jobs. The charity has since faced widespread criticism over mismanagement of more than £40m of public funds, and has been subject to investigations by the National Audit Office, the Charity Commission, the police, and two Parliamentary committees.

The documentary, called Camila’s Kids Company: The Inside Story, will be shown next Wednesday and has been made by documentary filmmaker Lynn Alleway.

It is a follow up to Alleway’s 2005 film Tough Kids – Tough Love which was also about Kids Company and, more specifically, Camila Batmanghelidjh (pictured).

While Alleway’s first documentary showed Batmanghelidjh and Kids Company at the height of its powers, the new film will tell a “very different story”, the BBC has said.

Returning to the charity after more than a decade, Alleway finds it "at the eye of a storm as a huge scandal breaks amid allegations of mismanagement and misspent money”.

Alleway’s film documents the calls for Batmanghelidjh’s resignation from the charity, her subsequently stepping down and, finally, the charity’s closure.

Both Batmanghelidjh and former chair Alan Yentob subsequently gave evidence to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the charity’s collapse in October 2015.

The PACAC inquiry is due to publish its findings report into Kids Company next Monday. 

 

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