BBC Factual commissioned Firecracker Films to make a new 60-minute film with award-winning presenter Stacey Dooley, in association with Little Dooley.
Stacey Dooley: Inside the Undertakers, for BBC One and iPlayer, follows Stacey as she confronts one of our last taboos – death – by immersing herself in the world of undertaking at one A W Lymn The Family Funeral Service, one of the UK’s busiest family-run funeral businesses.
This new film follows Stacey’s previous acclaimed documentary from the same production team behind Inside the Convent, where she expressed her fear of death, seeking answers from the nuns she was staying with, but her curiosity wasn’t fully satisfied.
Stacey’s life has since changed; and as a new mother, her worries for the future, and about death, have only been exacerbated. In order to try to overcome her fears, Stacey wants to face death head on.
Nottingham-based A W Lymn is a proud fifth-generation family-run business, and Stacey will fully immerse herself in every aspect of the company’s day-to-day work to discover more about the business of death – from arranging funerals to making coffins, learning more about embalming to carving elaborate headstones. She will try to get the answers she has been searching for.
I wanted to really explore exactly what happens when we do die
Additionally, Stacey’s time at the undertakers will act as a springboard for her to explore other people’s stories. She will follow several funerals, from start to finish, to see how both faith and secular beliefs play a part at this extraordinary moment.
She comments: “Death is a topic that’s openly discussed in many other cultures, even celebrated in some instances, yet I am so awkwardly British about the whole thing!
“It is, of course, inevitable, and that’s why I wanted to really explore exactly what happens when we do die. This access allows us to ponder the bigger questions surrounding life, as well as witness the practical logistics of a funeral. I’d like to thank every family member that has allowed us to document their story. I’m so grateful.”
Sam Emmery, Executive Producer at Firecracker Films, added: “We’re really excited to be working with Stacey on this documentary for the BBC. It’s an incredibly important subject that affects us all, but one that we don’t talk about enough. We’re also very grateful to A W Lymn The Family Funeral Service for granting us privileged access, offering viewers a unique window into their world.”
You can watch the documentary at www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001s7r1/stacey-dooley-inside-the-undertakers