Tom Daley and husband Dustin Lance Black are set to explore surrogacy in a new BBC documentary.
The hour-long film, which has the working title of Surrogacy, will follow new dad Tom as he explores how surrogacy works, not just in the UK, but around the world.
Tom is an “expert through experience” on surrogacy after he and Dustin Lance Black confirmed they were expecting their first child together via a surrogate earlier this year. The couple welcomed son Robert Ray Black-Daley in June.
Over the one-off special, Tom will explore how surrogacy works in the UK, where it’s illegal to advertise for or pay surrogates except for reasonable expenses, before travelling onto California, where commercial surrogacy, complete with contracts between surrogates and want-to-be parents, is much more the norm.
Throughout his journey, Tom will be meeting women who become surrogates, talking to those who oppose surrogacy altogether and talking to those who want to change the UK’s surrogacy laws as he questions whether the UK or the American system is better.
His journey will also take him to one of the European countries where surrogacy is totally illegal.
“Surrogacy is one of the most complex issues in modern society and the laws which govern it are radically different across the world,” BBC Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual Tom McDonald said in a statement.
“As new fathers through surrogacy, Tom and Lance are both committed to exploring all of the nuances around this very emotive subject. I’m thrilled that Tom is going to be our guide in this deeply personal and intelligent film.”
Surrogacy is due to air on the BBC in 2019.
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