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Friday, 23 April 2021

Production begins on brand new digital Young Adult drama Float from BBC Scotland

Production has commenced on Float, an innovative digital drama produced by Black Camel Pictures for BBC iPlayer. Commissioned by BBC Scotland in partnership with Screen Scotland, the 6x10' drama forms part of BBC Scotland's multi-platform drive to develop and commission content for young under-represented audiences in Scotland.

Written by acclaimed Scottish playwright Stef Smith, Float follows Jade, a university dropout who has found herself back in her seaside hometown working as a lifeguard at the local pool. Jade is hiding the terrible truth of why she left Glasgow, and the rest of the motley crew of staff have troubles of their own. Set in a small town in Scotland, Float is a lesbian coming-of-age story about how the secrets you hide can consume you.

Commenting on the drama, Stef says: "I'm so very grateful to have had the opportunity to finally shine a light on the LGBTQ+ stories that exist outside of urban centres, and to lead this drama with two female queer characters, played with such honesty and complexity. Representation matters, and I hope that viewers might see some of themselves in this series and feel a little less alone in what makes their heart ache and what gives them hope."

Boasting a cast of young Scottish breakthrough acting talent, Float stars Hannah Jarrett-Scott (Trust Me), Jessica Hardwick (Snow Angel), Ben Presley (Doctor Who, Galavant), Jack Stewart (Outlander), Polina Sulim (Sweet) and Izuka Hoyle (The Outpost, Clique).

Hannah Jarrett-Scott adds: "It's so important to see characters like Jade on screen. I'm holding all the folk in her heart that wished they'd seen her before now. They make her who she is and they are keeping her afloat. It's a true privilege to feel a part of something that I know is the first of its kind in Scotland."

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