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Stand Aside The Kardashians, Greta TV Is Coming!

Culture
By Phil Clarke | 12th February 2020

She’s taken on Donald Trump, Jeremy Clarkson and Piers Morgan and won, now the intergenerational struggle will shift to the airways, as Extinction Rebel, green revolution starlet and queen of the bag-for-life Greta Thunberg gets her own TV show! The teenager, sort of Che Guavara, Malala and David Bellamy all rolled into one, has been signed by the BBC for a documentary series that will provide a fly-on-the-wall look at Greta’s life.

Sort of Che Guavara, Malala and David Bellamy all rolled into one

The documentary will follow the 17-year-old as she meets with politicians, scientists and businesspeople to talk about the effects of climate change, the evidence and the reality. The show will be managed by Executive Producer Rod Liddell, (confusingly a totally different person to the journalist and sometime-BBC-programme-maker Rod Liddle, who describes Greta as “that weird Swedish kid”), and he will have his work cut out for him given Greta famously avoids flights because of their high carbon footprints. Indeed, when she went to the US she travelled in a carbon fibre sailing yacht.

Rod Liddell says of his new show “Climate change is probably the most important issue of our lives so it feels timely to make an authoritative series that explores the facts and science behind this complex subject. To be able to do this with Greta is an extraordinary privilege, getting an inside view on what it’s like being a global icon and one of the most famous faces on the planet.”

Thunberg has risen to iconic status due to the schoolgirl’s uncompromising and inspiring approach to climate change, not only catching a moment but also symbolising it with her youth. As her friend, nonagenarian Sir David Attenborough, says  “She’s achieved things that many of us who have been working on it for 20-odd years have failed to achieve” and for this she has rightly been lauded. But she’s also irked the ire of groups of people who deny climate change, or at least its causes, chief among them US President Donald Trump, who has appealed to his base by suggesting the teen has ‘anger management issues’.

Pots and kettles aside, Greta is someone who certainly invites public interest. This year’s Time personality of the year, Greta is already set to be the subject of a US tv series on Hulu simply called Greta, and her BBC collaboration will propel her into yet more sitting rooms across the world. The Kardashians don’t know what’s about to hit them…

There are no details as to when this will air, but we’ll let you know when we know!