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BBC Announces New Documentary On The Trials Of Oscar Pistorius

BBC Announces New Documentary On The Trials Of Oscar Pistorius

BBC is launching a new documentary series on the story of Oscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympic and Olympic sprinter who killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

The Trials Of Oscar Pistorius tells the story of the rise and fall of the athlete, flashing back to the beginning of his life - from a young boy who had both his legs amputated, to a sports phenomenon dubbed 'The Blade Runner'.

But just a year after Pistorius competed in the London Olympics in 2012, he was accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva at his home in Pretoria, South Africa.

You can watch a trailer for the doc below:

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Pistorius shot and killed Reeva on Valentine's Day 2013 when he fired four shots through his locked bathroom door. He has always maintained what happened was an accident, claiming that he thought she was an intruder.

Initially, Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide (equivalent of manslaughter) in 2004, but upon appeal, this was changed to murder.

The prosecution argued that the athlete must have known firing into the bathroom four times would result in the death of the person in there.

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"According to Pistorius, the event was a tragic accident, but his troubled past and questionable testimony cast doubt on his innocence," explain BBC.

Pistorius is still in jail, at South Africa's Attridgeville Correctional Centre. He will be eligible for parole in 2023.

The four part documentary will tell the story of the case in full, featuring interviews with those close to the story.

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The four part documentary will tell the story of the case in full, featuring interviews with those close to the story (Credit: PA)
The four part documentary will tell the story of the case in full, featuring interviews with those close to the story (Credit: PA)

Director Daniel Gordon explained: "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."

The Trials Of Oscar Pistorius will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer from 7th November, and will air on BBC Two at a later date.

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Topics: BBC, TV News

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