I was conned by TV bosses, says teenage star of Barely Legal Drivers reality show

I was conned by TV bosses, says teenage star of Barely Legal Drivers reality showAmy Smith, 18, claims BBC 'set her up' with promises of TOWIE-style showInstead they followed her driving around exposing her as a bad driverBBC hit back saying she signed a release form and parents knew all along

By
Eleanor Harding

PUBLISHED:

23:15 GMT, 1 April 2013

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UPDATED:

06:29 GMT, 2 April 2013

A teenager claims she was set up by a BBC programme after unwittingly taking part in a documentary about bad driving.

Amy Smith, 18, said she thought she was taking part in a lifestyle show after responding to an advert asking for ‘fun and confident groups of friends’.

The beauty student said she imagined it would be a reality TV series similar to ITV2’s The Only Way Is Essex.

'Fooled': Amy Smith, 18 from Halifax, West Yorkshire, thought the BBC was filming her every day life for a glamorous reality television show, when they were in fact documenting her bad driving

'Fooled': Amy Smith, 18 from Halifax, West Yorkshire, thought the BBC was filming her every day life for a glamorous reality television show, when they were in fact documenting her bad driving

The newly-qualified driver was told by producers at Renegade Productions, which made the film for the BBC, that she would need a car for a week of filming last year, and borrowed one especially.

However, while she was filmed at modelling auditions and out shopping with friends, the cameras were only interested in her driving – and captured her every mistake on the road.

Her blunders will now be exposed in a series called Barely Legal Drivers, starting tonight on BBC3.

In the show, teenagers are tricked into filming a lifestyle programme, but they are later told that their driving was being observed all along.

Films of their driving are then shown to their parents and to a former traffic officer to comment on – with prizes of a car or advanced driving lessons awarded according to performance.

Total control: The producers of Barely Legal Drivers has hit back at Amy's claims saying that not only were her parents aware of the concept throughout their filming, Amy also signed a release form

Total control: The producers of Barely Legal Drivers has hit back at Amy's claims saying that not only were her parents aware of the concept throughout their filming, Amy also signed a release form

Their parents are aware of the true premise of the show throughout. However, Miss Smith said she only realised the true nature of the show when she saw the trailer last week and saw how irresponsible she had been made to look.

Miss Smith, from Halifax, West Yorkshire, said: ‘I’ve been set up. I thought it was going to be like The Only Way Is Essex.

‘If I had known it was about driving I would never have taken part.’

A BBC spokesman said: ‘We are surprised Amy is saying these things as once the real purpose of the show had been revealed she was happy to sign the release form.

‘In addition the consent forms the parents were asked to sign are so thorough they leave no doubt as to what the real programme is about.’