Happy Man is a three part short-form documentary series, presented by 23 year-old comedian Jack Rooke exploring male identity, mental health and body image. In the series, Jack talks candidly to friends, family and young men about their personal experiences of mental health.
In the first episode Jack reflects on his experiences of mental health, as well as opening up about his best friend Olly, who lost his battle with depression and took his life. In a bid to get young men to open up, he takes to the street to speak to young men about what they do to keep their mental health in check.
The second episode sees Jack explore alternative ways that men can look after their mental health, from running with fellow comedian Richard Gadd (who shares his own experiences), to visiting a barber shop in London that doubles up as a community service initiative and offers a space for men to talk openly. He also pays a trip to Scotland to immerse himself into cold-water swimming.
In the third and final episode, Jack looks at the connection between body image and how we feel – so to tackle this head on he becomes the subject of a life drawing class, putting himself out of his comfort zone and encouraging him to open up about his own mental health.
In his final task, he meets drag artist Raven, who shows him how having a drag alter-ego and dressing bold can help you to become comfortable with every aspect of your body and identity.
All three episodes will be available as a box-set from Monday 17 April on BBC Three’s iPlayer and YouTube channel.