Paula Yates to be subject of new Channel 4 documentary containing unheard interviews recorded before her untimely death at 41
The life of journalist Paula Yates will be the subject of a new two-part documentary on Channel 4.
The TV presenter died aged 41 from an accidental heroin overdose back in 2000.
She was known for presenting on The Tube and The Big Breakfast, as well as her marriage to singer Bob Geldof and relationship to singer Michael Hutchence.
The docuseries will focus on four ‘extraordinarily compelling’ previously unheard interviews with Paula, recorded in 1998 and 1999.
Head of specialist factual at Channel 4 Shaminder Nahal said: ‘Paula Yates exploded onto our screens in the very first week that Channel 4 came on air in 1982, a whirlwind of wit, verve and charisma – a totally unique style.
‘Looking at what she achieved now, it feels like no one has ever quite matched her as a TV presenter.
New documentary: The life of journalist Paula Yates will be the subject of a new two-part documentary on Channel 4
‘So as Channel 4 reflects on 40 years, it feels right to look at her life and career, and what an impact she made.
‘As ever, (documentary producers) Curious Films has made a riveting and sensitive series that will, I hope, introduce Paula to a new generation.’
Charlene Chika Osuagwu, producer at Curious Films, said: ‘Paula is the real story of a singular woman who was both ahead of her time and totally of it, which explores how she shaped, and was shaped by the seismic changes in British culture and celebrity and what it meant to be a successful woman in that era.
‘Paula’s battle to ‘have it all’, torn between the duties of family life and her own personal career and happiness in the magnifying glare of a world determined to judge her, provide a powerful lesson for today’s world and women fighting the same issues 40 years later.’
The series will also include testimonies from close friends and former colleagues of Paula.
The documentary promises to ‘reveal the real Paula Yates behind the tabloid-driven narrative, drawing on an extraordinary set of never-before-heard interviews, the words of some of those who knew her best and a wealth of archive to tell her story in her own words.’
The documentary series will be called Paula, and is expected to be released next month.
Paula and Bob began a romantic relationship in 1976 and she gave birth to their first child Fifi in 1983.
They married on August 31 1986 in Las Vegas and later welcomed daughters Peaches and Pixie in 1989 and 1990 respectively.
In 1995 Paula left Bob for Michael Hutchence after an affair and later than year became pregnant with his child. She welcomed their daughter Tiger Lily in 1996.
Tragic: The TV presenter died aged 41 from an accidental heroin overdose back in 2000.
Famous: Paula and Bob began a romantic relationship in 1976 and she gave birth to their first child Fifi in 1983
High-profile romance: In 1995 Paula left Bob for Michael Hutchence after an affair and later than year became pregnant with his child. She welcomed their daughter Tiger Lily in 1996
On November 22 1997, Michael committed suicide in his hotel room in Sydney.
Paula died at her home in Notting Hill from a herion overdose on Pixie’s 10th birthday.
The coroner ruled that it was not a suicide, but a result of ‘foolish and incautious’ behaviour
In 2014, Paula’s second oldest daughter Peaches also died of a heroin overdose, aged 25.
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