TV: BBC Three to air Oscar Pistorius documentary

BBC Three will screen a fast-turnaround one-off documentary on the murder of Reeva Steenkamp who was allegedly shot to death by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius.

The South African superstar, who won two gold medals and a silver at the Paralympic Games in London in 2012, is accused of murder, though pleads not guilty.

Rick Edwards, who recently made his debut fronting BBC Three’s Free Speech and presented Channel 4’s breakfast show during the Paralympics last summer, will present the new BBC Three documentary entitled ‘Oscar Pistorious: What Really Happened?’.

The programme has been made by Mentorn Media, who produced BBC Three’s recent fast-turnaround special Superstorm Sandy: Caught On Camera, and were also in South Africa to make Channel 4’s Dispatches: Murder On Honeymoon, on the case of Anni Dewani.

Police say the death of Reeva Steenkamp was premeditated murder.

The accused, her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, says it was an innocent accident. A documentary team has been in Pretoria, South Africa, digging deeper into a death that shocked the world.

Presented by Rick Edwards, who covered Pistorius’s gold-medal winning, world record-breaking achievements at the London 2012 Paralympics, the programme features interviews with friends of both the victim and the accused.

Aged 26, Oscar Pistorius is the poster boy of the Paralympics movement – his prosthetic lower legs have given him the nickname Blade Runner.

So fast and powerful, he became the first the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics, competing in the 400m and 4x400m relay.

But since that glorious summer, reports have emerged of a different side of Oscar Pistorius – involved in brawls and late night fracas.

Observers note that when setting bail, the judge made it conditional that until he returns to court in June, Pistorius must not consume alcohol and will be randomly tested to ensure he complies.

Featuring special 3-D graphics, sworn testimony and exclusive interviews, the film attempts to give the most complete picture yet of what may have happened in Oscar Pistorius’s apartment in the early hours of February 14th.

Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three, says: “BBC Three is never afraid to tackle current affairs and we are committed  to showing bold, thought-provoking programmes for 16-34s.

“Mentorn will be producing this programme at incredible speed, and together with presenter Rick Edwards, I’m sure they will deliver a documentary that will bring a new angle to this ever developing news story.”

Steve Anderson, executive producer for Mentorn, says: “The story of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp has captured everyone’s attention.

“It is hugely important and Mentorn has the expertise to deliver it quickly to BBC Three.”

Monday 11th March
Oscar Pistorious: What Really Happened?
9.00pm-10.00pm – BBC Three
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