Oscar Pistorius documentary on its way

BBC Three has commissioned an hour-long "fast-turnaround" special

By Prachi Gupta
Published February 21, 2013 3:15PM (EST)

As the saga of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius continues to unfold, it seems inevitable that a media outlet would move to relay the tragic story of the disgraced athlete, accused of murdering his girlfiend on Valentine's Day, on film. Moving quickly (and perhaps boldly), BBC Three has commissioned an hour-long "fast-turnaround" documentary detailing the death of South African model Reeva Steenkamp and subsequent murder trial of the fallen Olympian, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

"BBC Three is never afraid to tackle current affairs, and we are committed to showing bold, thought-provoking programs for 16-34-year olds," said BBC Three controller Zai Bennett. The production company, Mentorn Media, "will be producing this program at incredible speed."

A broadcast date has not yet been set, but executive producer  Steve Anderson emphasized the speed as well, saying, "The story of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp has captured everyone’s attention. It is hugely important, and Mentorn has the expertise to deliver it quickly to BBC Three.”

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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