“Harvey and Me” an important BBC Documentary
Harvey Price is our Antibullying Ambassador and Anna Kennedy OBE contributed to this documentary which was aired on Monday 25 January at 8.30pm on BBC One. This is now available on BBC iPlayer: Click here to watch!
The new BBC One film showed “what it’s really like to be a mum of a disabled child approaching adulthood,” the broadcaster said. It captured their life as “Harvey moves from child to adult services”, with Katie Price having “difficult decisions to make about his future”. In this deeply personal one-off film, Katie Price and Harvey opened up about their lives as Harvey turns 18 and decisions need to be made about his future.
Anna shared: “I am proud to have been part of this BBC One documentary created by Minnow films and I helped the producers with some of the research. It was important to me they included mental health. #HarveyandMe as a documentary is valuable because it gives an honest account of the challenges parents face in finding post 18 provision. I like the way it makes it clear if you don’t get that right the negative consequences can last for a long time. Katie’s devotion to Harvey is clear for all to see. Harvey, Katie and I would like to thank you for all your messages of support”.
Katie shared: “Being a parent of a child with complex needs, as Harvey has, presents daily challenges. Simple day-to-day things that other people take for granted can take all day. Every day presents a new challenge, no two days are the same. We have learnt and grown together, and together we have built our private world, a bond between mother and son which goes deeper than most – we are unbreakable”.
The BBC said the commission is part of its commitment to boosting disability representation on and off screen.
Its content director Charlotte Moore shared: “I would like to thank Katie Price for opening up in this important and very personal film. Katie’s life has played out in public, but one thing she has always kept private is the day-to-day realities of being mum to her son Harvey. As he turns 18, Katie faces difficult decisions about his future and wants to help people understand the realities and challenges of bringing up a child with a disability, and to see what Harvey’s life is really like. We hope this film will have a huge impact and help advance the conversation around disability in the UK.”
Katie Price: Harvey and Me was aired on Monday 25 January, 8.30pm on BBC One. Click here to watch this on BBC iPlayer.