Stacey Dooley is to present a new documentary series about the impact of stalking on victims, the BBC has announced.
The programme will see Dooley embed herself in a specialist police unit in Cheshire and a victim support organisation as “she reveals stark details of lives consumed by stalking”, according to the broadcaster.
The two-part series, which is being created for BBC Three, has been given the working title of Stalked.
The first episode will focus on stalking by ex-partners, while the second episode will focus on the stalking of strangers.
“Stacey finds out there are no one-size-fits-all answers when it comes to preventing stalking and prison alone can’t do it, but with police and health professionals working together tackling each case long term, we’re more likely to see real changes,” the BBC said in a statement.
Dooley said: “Prior to these films, I perhaps hadn’t taken into account just how truly devastating and life-changing stalking can be.
“Victims are often forced to change their lives entirely and often likened their normality to simply ‘existing’…
“These survivors deserve to be heard and prioritised.”
BBC Three controller Fiona Campbell said: “Stacey remains one of the most authentic voices around and her documentaries are incredibly popular with the BBC Three audience.
“These films are so timely and will look at the consequences of stalking and the way it can devastate lives.”