A documentary chronicling the experiences of disgraced actor Noel Clarke is in the works at Channel 4, Variety has reported.
Sources indicate that a project in early development at the “It’s a Sin” broadcaster will look to explore the events surrounding Clarke over the last year, though it’s still unclear what the exact angle or treatment will be.
A spokesperson for Channel 4 told Variety:
“Channel 4 has not commissioned the documentary. It is in the early stages of development and as part of this process, the production company has started approaching a number of potential participants.”
According to the Daily Mail, the documentary will be called The Cancelling Of Noel Clarke and has already started filming, with Channel 4 sources claiming it is being hailed internally as a ‘scoop’.It is understood he could be given a producer credit and may have a financial stake in the controversial project.
Employees at the network fear a Channel 4 documentary with the former Doctor Who star will allow him to seek sympathy and question why the public turned against him after the allegations. Women working across the entertainment industry are also incensed, with one well-known female star describing the planned show as ‘an insult to every woman treated so appallingly by this man’.
BAFTA suspended the actors membership in April last year along with his recently awarded Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award following numerous sexual harassment and bullying allegations made in a Guardian which claimed to have spoken with 20 women, who have lodged a number of allegations against the “Bulletproof” actor. They include: sexual harassment, unwanted touching or groping, sexually inappropriate behaviour and comments on set, professional misconduct, taking and sharing sexually explicit pictures and videos without consent, and bullying between 2004 and 2019.
A number of women went to police with allegations against Clarke, but Scotland Yard hasn’t yet pursued a criminal investigation. Clarke has “vehemently” denied all the allegations made against him but did issue an apology statement.
The fallout from this has had a severe impact on Clarke’s career. Following the allegations Sky announced they would no longer work with Clarke on his TV show ‘Bulletproof’ which also aired on The CW network in the US. Additionally ITV chose not to air the final episode of Viewpoint; a week-long drama series starring Clarke that already aired episodes 1-4. In August he was officially been removed from his production company, Unstoppable Film and TV. Clarke’s former agent Gary O’Sullivan dropped by UK management firm ’42’.
Clarke rose to prominence for playing Mickey Smith in Doctor Who (2005–2010), Clarke is also well known for playing Sam in the films Kidulthood (2006), Adulthood (2008) and Brotherhood (2016), which he also wrote and directed. He was also known for playing Aaron Bishop in Bulletproof (2018–present), which he also wrote and produced.
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