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Gazza documentary to focus on the “ultimate tragic footballing hero”

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BBC Factual has announced a new documentary focusing on the life and career of Newcastle legend, Paul Gascoigne.

Gazza will feature never-before-seen archive and personal home videos to provide a “unique and personal insight.”

“This is the real story of my time in football – the good and the bad of who I am – and what really happened around me,” explained Gascoigne.

“So much of this has never been seen before. It feels good to be telling my side of the story and to be working with the Western Edge Pictures team and the BBC, who have delivered this in the best way possible to my fans.”

The 2 x 60minute documentary is made by Western Edge Pictures, Haviland Digital and Mark Stewart Productions for BBC Two and iPlayer.

“As we head into a World Cup year, there couldn’t be a timelier moment to look at this piece of our recent history. Paul’s story is a cautionary tale about the pressure of life in the public eye, and we are privileged that he, his family and friends, and those who wrote stories about him at the time, have chosen to work with us on such a startlingly honest portrayal,” added Simon Young, Commissioning Editor.

The documentary includes contributions from his friends, family, former agents and advisors, teammates and coaches; and some of the tabloid journalists who wrote about him.

“It’s been fantastic to work with the BBC in bringing this hugely impactful story of British media and sporting culture to the screen. Paul’s highs and lows have made him a footballing icon of our time,” said Vaughan Sivell, Executive Producer.

[Image Credit: Allstar Picture Library Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo.]

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