Reggie Yates on documentary making and why he won’t be going back to kid’s TV…

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  • Reggie Yates = makes good TV

    You’ll recognise Reggie Yates from his years on TV an radio (yeah, he’s been in the industry since he was eight), but his latest BBC series The Insider has given him (and his subjects), a global voice and a legion of new fans. From entering a jail in North Carolina, to getting an injury from Pharrells’s giant ring (yes, you read that correctly), Reggie has seen A. Lot.

    Starting out in kids TV, namely The Crust (!), before transitioning into the sort of iconic programmes that helped defined a generation – sorry, The Crust, this time I’m talking about Top of the Pops, the creative polymath soon started making waves in documentary making, thanks to his supremely likeable, yet unwavering ability to ask the sort of questions that only a Reggie-esque figure could get away with. Genuine, in every sense of the word, emphatic, and raw, his latest The Insider series is a must watch.

    The Insider is available on iPlayer now. Unseen – My Journey by Reggie Yates is published by BBC Books on 26 October, £18.99.

    Before this, came years of interviewing A-list names (no, he doesn’t get starstruck thanks to some sage advice early on in his career), helping contestants navigate their way through a horror-themed forest in Release The Hounds, and most recently, trying (and failing) to get the good folk at Starbucks to recognise that his name is REGGIE. Not Rich.

    From his latest series, to his new book Unseen, which uncovers the story behind the scenes on his journey from TV host to documentary storyteller, Reggie Yates is thoroughly on the up and up…

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