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1 hour, 40 minutes Available for 8 months First broadcast:
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Whitney Houston's incredible and poignant story, with insights from those closest to her.

Made with rare footage and exclusive live recordings, Nick Broomfield's film tells Whitney Houston's incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.

From acclaimed director Nick Broomfield comes a film about one of the greatest singers of all time. Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an 'American princess' and the most awarded female artist ever.

Even though Whitney had made millions of dollars, had more consecutive number ones than The Beatles and became recognised as having one of the greatest voices of all time, she still wasn't free to be herself and died at the age of 48.

Made with largely never-before-seen footage and exclusive live recordings, Whitney: Can I Be Me tells Whitney Houston's incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.

Credits

Composer
Nick Laird-Clowes
Director
Nick Broomfield
Director
Rudi Dolezal
Producer
Nick Broomfield
Producer
Marc Hoeferlin
Editor
Marc Hoeferlin
Executive Producer
John Battsek
Executive Producer
Patrick Holland
Executive Producer
Kate Townsend
Executive Producer
Vinnie Malhotra
Executive Producer
Charles Finch
Executive Producer
Shani Hinton
Executive Producer
Ben Silverman
Production Company
Gospel & Beyond

Football's Darkest Secret

Series 1 Missed Opportunities

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BBC One
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1 hour, 20 minutes Available for 11 months First broadcast:
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Why did it take so long for the full scale of abuse in youth football to emerge?

How opportunities were missed to stop sexual offenders in youth football decades ago, and why it took so long for the full scale of abuse to emerge.

Following on from the seismic revelations of historical child abuse in football in November 2016, this episode explores how opportunities were missed to stop offenders decades ago and why it took so long for the full scale of abuse to emerge. It follows the investigation into former Southampton youth coach Bob Higgins, filming alongside Hampshire Police detectives as they conduct interviews with Higgins and the survivors. A deeply disturbing pattern of psychological manipulation and sexual grooming begins to emerge.

Higgins was the subject of a police investigation in the early 1990s, but the subsequent trial resulted in acquittal. Barry Bennell was first convicted in Florida in 1995. He and Higgins were the subject of a Dispatches documentary back in 1997, for which Dean Radford and Ian Ackley bravely waived their anonymity in order to discuss what had happened to them then. And yet the response to the Dispatches programme was deafening silence. How was it that, after such public scrutiny, the true scale of the offending was able to remain hidden?

Back in the present day, a new investigation into Higgins comes to a head. Dean hopes and prays that, 30 years on, history won’t repeat itself.

Credits

Director
Daniel Gordon
Producer
Hugh Davies
Executive Producer
John Battsek
Executive Producer
Steve Boulton
Executive Producer
Ron McCullagh
Executive Producer
Jonathan Ossoff
Production Company
Insight TWI
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59 minutes Available for 11 months First broadcast:
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What might justice look like for the men whose lives have been torn apart?

The final episode follows the court trials of high profile abusers and asks what justice might look like for the men whose lives have been torn apart.

The final episode begins in Newcastle with the stories of survivors who suffered at the hands of George Ormond, a youth coach connected to Newcastle United. Northumbria Police have begun their own investigation, alongside those already taking place in the north west and Southampton. We hear the dramatic tale of former footballer Derek Bell, who confronted Ormond hoping to secretly record a confession from his abuser on a tape recorder hidden in his pocket.

The film asks what justice might look like for the men and their families, whose lives have been torn apart by the devastating effects of childhood sexual abuse over so many years. As the three trials come to a head, why has it taken so long to reach this point? The long-awaited FA inquiry continues to be delayed, and across the country there have been denials and even pay-offs by clubs. It is no wonder that football’s darkest secret has remained hidden for so many years, and it is only thanks to the courage and persistence of the survivors that we are finally able to shine some light on it now.

Credits

Director
Daniel Gordon
Producer
Hugh Davies
Executive Producer
John Battsek
Executive Producer
Steve Boulton
Executive Producer
Ron McCullagh
Executive Producer
Jonathan Ossoff
Production Company
Insight TWI

Football's Darkest Secret

Series 1 The End of Silence

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BBC One
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59 minutes Available for 11 months First broadcast:
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Former footballers speak out about the sexual abuse they suffered as youth players.

Former footballers, including Paul Stewart, David White and Andy Woodward, speak out about the sexual abuse they suffered as youth players and how it burdened them during their professional careers.

In November 2016, former footballer Andy Woodward came forward with a shocking tale of abuse that he suffered at the hands of his youth coach, Barry Bennell. In the storm that followed, hundreds of men made allegations against hundreds of their childhood coaches.

The first episode of the series begins with Andy’s momentous revelation, then goes back in time to the 1970s to hear from former players Paul Stewart and David White as they describe growing up in Manchester with dreams of becoming footballers. Talented young players, they were soon picked up by respective local talent-spotters Barry Bennell and Frank Roper. It was the beginning of the nightmare for Paul and David - and for many other survivors.

The programme charts these survivors from the years of abuse during their early adolescence, then explores how it affected them as they tried to pursue their footballing dreams as professionals. Whether Steve Walters starring as a youngster at Crewe or David White playing for Man City or Paul Stewart scoring in the FA Cup final for Spurs, they all feel they couldn’t enjoy their career highs because of the heavy burden of the mental scars they were carrying.

Credits

Director
Daniel Gordon
Producer
Hugh Davies
Executive Producer
John Battsek
Executive Producer
Steve Boulton
Executive Producer
Ron McCullagh
Executive Producer
Jonathan Ossoff
Production Company
Insight TWI
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1 hour, 17 minutes Available for years First broadcast:
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Oscar Pistorius’s achievements on the track become a distant memory…

Documentary series. Oscar Pistorius's achievements on the track become a distant memory when the prosecution reveals a very different man to the one that the world had come to admire.

A month after Oscar Pistorius shoots dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he is out on bail, living at his uncle Arnold’s compound. A forensics expert hired by his legal team helps him to recreate his version of what happened the night of Reeva’s death.

The Blade Runner, as he was nicknamed, became a worldwide superstar at the Athens Olympics while still a high school teenager finding his way. Pistorius set his sights on an ambitious goal: competing against able-bodied athletes in the Olympics. In a long and contentious battle with track and field’s governing body, the IAAF, he wins the right to compete in the Olympics in 2008. All that becomes a distant memory on 19 August 2013, when he is formally charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on what would have been her 30th birthday. With the prosecution adding gun charges to the original complaint, the evidence reveals that he is a very different young man to the one that the world had come to admire.

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Director
Daniel Gordon
Producer
John Battsek

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1 hour, 10 minutes Available for years First broadcast:
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When a judge is assigned to the Oscar Pistorius trial, the world watches closely.

When a judge is assigned to the Oscar Pistorius trial, the world watches closely. In this case, a judge - and not a jury - decide the defendant’s fate.

When a judge is assigned to the Oscar Pistorius trial, the world watches closely. In this case, a judge - and not a jury - decide the defendant’s fate. The judge, Thokozile Masipa, is a highly respected scholar who grew up in the Soweto Township as a child of Apartheid. Despite the dignity with which she attempts to conduct the trial, no-one can stop it from becoming a televised tabloid circus.

Early news focuses on the holes in the testimonies of witnesses who claim to have heard the gun shots and screams. But as new evidence emerges, those close to Pistorius question his maturity and temper. His singular and at times lonely existence emerges, along with details of his romantic relationships. The trial lays bare his relationship with Reeva Steenkamp, with stormy texts revealing dramatic ups and downs, dictated by Pistorius’s temper.

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Director
Daniel Gordon
Producer
John Battsek

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1 hour, 42 minutes Available for years First broadcast:
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Six weeks into the trial of Oscar Pistorius, he takes the stand.

Six weeks into the trial of Oscar Pistorius, he takes the stand to explain what happened in the early hours of 14 February 2013.

Six weeks into the trial of Oscar Pistorius, he takes the stand to explain what happened in the early hours of 14 February 2013.

In 2012, Pistorius left South Africa to prepare for the London Olympics. That summer was the peak of his career – competing against able-bodied athletes in the 400 metres and qualifying for the semi-finals, a remarkable achievement. A few weeks later, he faltered at the Paralympics. Rather than the victory lap expected, he was beaten and afterwards was ungracious about the loss.

The following months saw Pistorius change. He became involved with a different crowd, whilst growing infatuated with guns and paranoid about security. At this point, he also met Reeva, the start of a whirlwind romance on the surface that would soon end with him murdering her.

In the witness stand, Pistorius stumbles in his response to tough questioning. When the verdict for manslaughter comes, the judge calls Pistorius a 'very poor witness'. The verdict of culpable homicide (the equivalent of manslaughter) is overturned on appeal and upgraded to murder. His sentence is increased from five to six years – and then on a further appeal increased to 15 years. He remains in prison in South Africa.

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Director
Daniel Gordon
Producer
John Battsek

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1 hour, 31 minutes Available for years First broadcast:
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A look at the first week following the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

A look at the first week following the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, a surreal sequence of drama and emotion, and a terrible crime chronicled by a ravenous global tabloid media.

When South Africans woke up on 14 February 2013, they could not have seen what was coming. Oscar Pistorius, one of their country’s most popular sportsmen and a figure of inspiration, had shot dead his girlfriend, model and paralegal Reeva Steenkamp.

The first episode of a four-part series explores the week following the murder of Reeva, from the moment of the late-night phone call, when it was still unclear who the victim was, to hours later when she was confirmed to be Reeva Steenkamp. South Africa was thrown into turmoil.

As his bail hearing unfolded, a surreal sequence of drama and emotion unfolded, and a terrible crime began to be chronicled by a ravenous global tabloid media. After becoming an overnight sensation at the 2004 Paralympics, as a double-amputee teenage sprinter who shattered records, the news was all the more shocking. Eight days after the killing of Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius was granted bail.

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Director
Daniel Gordon
Producer
John Battsek

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Samira Ahmed explores the enduring appeal of designers Charles and Ray Eames.

Arts news with Samira Ahmed, including the Charles and Ray Eames exhibition, a Marlon Brando documentary based on his tapes and Janet Suzman's debut as an opera director.

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America's most important designers, perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture. Critic Corinne Julius joins Samira at a new exhibition at the Barbican in London where they explore their enduring appeal.

From A Streetcar named Desire and The Godfather, to Last Tango in Paris and Apocalypse Now, Marlon Brando is hailed by many as one of the great actors. Now 300 hours of audio tapes have revealed the painful childhood and dysfunctional adulthood that he drew on for his art. Listen to Me Marlon sets out to document his life and work in his own words. Producer John Battsek describes the process and the actor Kerry Shale offers his reaction.

Darryl Collis from See Saw Media explains how film studios are using fees from product placement to beef up their budgets.

Conductor Jane Glover discusses her new production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro featuring students from The Royal Academy of Music, alongside stage actor and director Dame Janet Suzman who is turning her hand to directing opera for the first time.

Presenter : Samira Ahmed

Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

Credits

Presenter
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest
Corinne Julius
Interviewed Guest
John Battsek
Interviewed Guest
Kerry Shale
Interviewed Guest
Darryl Collis
Interviewed Guest
Jane Glover
Interviewed Guest
Janet Suzman
Producer
Dymphna Flynn
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