There’s a new documentary series coming to the BBC, called The Trials Of Oscar Pistorious. The four-part series will be available as a box set from November 7th and then will be on BBC Two at a later date.
The series tells the story of Oscar Pistorius, who was previously an international hero in sport, dubbed the ‘Blade Runner’. It all came crashing down on Valentine’s Day 2013, when he shot dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
It will feature interviews with many of the figures closest to the story, and recounts what happened after the murder in the early hours of 14th February, 2013 at his home in South Africa.
Pistorius claimed it was a tragic accident, but there was doubt cast on his innocence from the off.
The documentary covers his early life, from having his undeveloped legs amputated as a toddler, to becoming a sensation as a teenager at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, through to competing at the London Olympics in 2012.
Director, Daniel Gordon says: “The story of Oscar Pistorius is remarkable in its complexity. It’s at once inspirational and harrowing, and provides a lens of insight into a breadth of issues – from gender-based violence to disability rights, racial inequality and media frenzy. My hope is that the film gives audiences additional context and layers to a story they think they know.”
Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC iPlayer, says: “This incredible documentary series provides new perspectives on the terrible events of Valentine’s Day 2013, giving us a deeper and closer look at one of the world’s most remarkable sporting figures, on the South Africa that he grew up in and the media circus that surrounded his trial for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.”
He continues: “It’s essential viewing, and joins an enormously rich collection of sports documentaries now streaming on BBC iPlayer, including the recently added Lance, as well as Oscar-winning films like When We Were Kings and OJ: Made in America.”
Many people aren’t happy with the decision to make this series, saying it glosses over his victim Reeva Steenkamp, and her name isn’t mentioned in the two minute long trailer.
Will you be watching?
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