ITV to air harrowing Shiver documentary on Paul Gascoigne

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by David Prior

Shiver's harrowing documentary about Paul Gascoigne and his battle with alcoholism will be aired on ITV tonight.

The MediaCity and Leeds-based production company was given rare access to the football legend over the course of three months.

The resulting 60-minute film, Being Paul Gascoigne, provides a gruelling account of the former Newcastle United and Tottenham footballer's ongoing struggle with addiction and narrow brushes with death.

In the documentary, Gascoigne says: "I don’t know why I’m an alcoholic, I wish I wasn’t but I am... I have my bad days, I just tell myself I’ve got to get through it. But if I’m having a good day I really make the most of it. Because I don’t know what tomorrow brings. Or the next five minutes.”

Being Paul Gascoigne, which airs at 9pm, was made by executive producer Mark Scantlebury and producer Jane Preston.

Watch a clip below: