'My Week as a Muslim': Meet the woman at the centre of the controversial documentary
Last night we watched as Katie Freeman, a 43-year-old NHS worker and mum, was transformed into a Pakistani Muslim for controversial Channel 4 documentary My Week as a Muslim.
Admitting to knowing no Muslims, having said offensive things in the past and even fearing the Muslim community, Katie was unprepared for the realities of living with Saima and her family - in an experiment coincidentally filmed in the week of the Manchester Arena bombing, which killed 22 people, including children, and left hundreds injured.
And the negative publicity around the programme hasn’t been easy to deal with either, with criticism that it went too far in giving Katie a prosthetic nose, different teeth and even darkening her skin to help her fit in with the community.
Both Katie and Saima joined us today as we talk about living as a Muslim in one of the toughest weeks of all.