Gripping Oscar, Reeva doccie to air in SA

2013-03-20 11:41

It is the sensational case transfixing not just South Africa but the world, and now the quick-turnaround special hour-long documentary, Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened? is coming to South Africa.

Discovery Networks International just acquired the broadcasting rights to the documentary, which was recently shown in the UK to record ratings and was also just sold to Discovery in the US, where it will be shown as Blade Runner: The Untold Story.

The special documentary from Passion Distribution, which is sure to make a massive viewership splash when it’s shown in South Africa, was filmed quickly and managed to get rare access to several people and places connected to Pistorius and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who he shot and killed.

Pistorius has been charged with premeditated murder and has pleaded not guilty, claiming the shooting was a terrible accident, but the case has left people asking many questions.

Produced by Mentorn Media with Rick Edwards as the presenter, it will give South African viewers the chance to delve deeper into the tragic Valentine’s Day 2013 shooting case, which has propelled model and reality star Steenkamp and the paralympic athlete Pistorius to front-page news.

Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened? was filmed in South Africa and digs deeper into this unprecedented case by bringing viewers new interviews, fresh information and exclusive insights from some of the friends and family of Steenkamp and Pistorius – as well as those close to the case.

Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened? will take viewers inside Reeva’s bedroom with her best friend Gina Meyers, who speaks movingly of their friendship.

The documentary also interviews her ex-boyfriend, who met her for coffee the day before she was killed, and speaks to close friends of Pistorius who all share stories about the athlete they knew and his current state since he was released on bail.

Lee Hobbs, the channel director for emerging business for Discovery Networks’ Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region, said: “Since news broke of this tragic event, the entire world has been speculating about what actually happened that morning.

“The appetite for further knowledge about the case is incredibly strong – especially in South Africa where the story is still headline news.

“Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened? will give Discovery Channel viewers more information about the case and the national hero’s dramatic reversal of fortune.”

» Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened? airs on Sunday (March 24 2013) on Discovery Channel (DStv channel 121) at 8.55pm

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