Love Bridget Jones, just the way she is? Well hold on to your bunny ears and giant knickers, because there’s more lovable Bridge coming back to our screens in the form of new BBC Bridget Jones documentary, Being Bridget.
While it’s not the much wished-for fourth film in the franchise (sob), Being Bridget will offer fans a behind-the-scenes look at the origins of their favourite heroine, as well as examining the importance of the character over her 25 years of success, as attitudes to women evolved but audiences continued to respond to her story.
Confirming the news of the programme to Stylist, the creator of Bridget, author Helen Fielding, noted: ‘It’s great that Bridget Jones is resonating with the daughters of the original audience – girls in their late teens and early twenties. Even if it does make me feel like Snow White’s mother.’
‘At heart Bridget Jones was always about the gap between how we’re expected to be and how we actually are. In the age of social media that gap has got horrifyingly wider. I hope Bridget helps people to laugh and remember that being warm, funny human and flawed is OK and doesn’t require an Instagram filter.’
Bridget Jones started life as a weekly column in The Independent, when Fielding worked at the paper. Bridget Jones’ Diary was then published as a book in 1996, and Renee Zellweger was subsequently cast alongside Colin Firth (Mark Darcy) and Hugh Grant (love rival Daniel Cleaver) as the star of the first big screen adaptation, which hit screens in 2001. The most recent outing in the Bridget series was 2016’s Bridget Jones’s Baby.
Being Bridget has been commissioned as part of the BBC Arts year-long celebration of literature, which is set to take place next year. As well as exclusive interviews with Fielding, the audience will meet the friends who inspired the original characters, as well as gain access to rarely-seen archive footage.
We’ll be marking the air date in our diaries as soon as its announced.
Being Bridget is set to air with the BBC in 2020.