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BBC set to produce drama about dark side of reality TV fame based on Love Island deaths

Issues such as toxic masculinity, social media and suicide will be examined

Reggie Yates is writing a drama for the BBC based on the suicides of former Love Island and The Jeremy Kyle Show participants.

The 36-year-old is making his writing debut with Killed By My Fame, an hour-long special for BBC Three set to explore the "brutal side of reality TV”.

He will also be an executive producer on the show.

Issues such as instant fame, toxic masculinity, social media and suicide are also examined and linked with the dark side of fame.

Reggie Yates is writing and producing the BBC Three drama(Brett D. Cove / SplashNews.com)

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Discussing the project, Reggie is reported to have said: "Growing up in television I've continued to be fascinated by the evolution of reality TV.

"I’ve often questioned how affecting whirlwind fame can become once the cameras are gone. All too often the audience sees the glamour and popularity that comes with being in the public eye, but in this drama we explore the true impact instant fame can have."

It is believed the programme is influenced by the shocking deaths of Sophie Gradon, Mike Thalassitis and Kyle guest Steve Dymond.

The plot is said to follow the rise and fall of a reality star who finds their life spiralling downwards once the attention fades - and how this affects their mental health.

Mike passed away in March (Credit: ITV)

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Sophie, 32, took part in ITV2’s Love Island in 2016 and took her life in June of last year.

26-year-old Mike starred in the summer series in 2017 and was found dead in March earlier this year.

I've often questioned how affecting whirlwind fame can become once the cameras are gone.

Steve was found dead by his landlady days after took part in filming for an episode of The Jeremy Kyle Show and failed a lie detector test.

The ITV morning series was subsequently axed in May.

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