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Lord Tony Hall
Director General – BBC
BBC Broadcasting House
London W1A 1AA
Wednesday 15 March 2017
Dear Lord Hall,
I am writing to encourage you as Director General of the BBC to put whatever pressure is necessary on producers within your organisation to screen ‘Still Loved’.
‘Still Loved’ is a documentary which explores the complexity and reality for families surviving baby loss. Giving an unexpected voice to bereaved fathers, who speak candidly for the first time providing an additional perspective to that offered by mothers, grandparents and siblings, this is a brave, inclusive and ultimately life-affirming film for anyone who has ever, or will ever, lose someone they love.
I understand that there has been some reluctance by the BBC to screen this documentary on the basis of its difficult subject matter. However, I believe that showing documentaries of this nature falls firmly within the remit of our public service broadcaster.
Far from being a niche issue, around 7,000 babies are stillborn across the world every day. This means tens of thousands of parents, grandparents and siblings who have experienced such a tragedy within their family. I would suggest that there is not one person in the UK that does not know somebody who has suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.
If we are going to tackle baby loss and ensure world class bereavement provision, we must break the silence and talk openly about this subject. Both Eastenders and Coronation Street have covered stillbirth and the subsequent press coverage and social media activity demonstrates the public interest in this area.
The ideal time to screen this documentary would be early October during Baby Loss Awareness Week, but any showing by the BBC would be most welcome.
Details of the documentary can be found at www.stilllovedfilm.com.
Thank you for your consideration of this request and I hope you agree with me that this film not only must be shown on mainstream television, but that its home should be the BBC.
To evidence cross-party support for this request, please find underneath parliamentary colleagues who support my request.
Will Quince MP