Channel 4 are giving viewers a look into Caroline Flack’s life in the spotlight, a year after the Love Island host passed away.
Last year the TV presenter died by suicide at the age of 40.
In the new film, titled Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death, her family including her mother and twin sister will open up about her tragic passing.
Ahead of the launch, Caroline Flack’s mother and sister have explained their motivation behind taking part in the documentary.
In a Q&A (via Bustle), Caroline’s mum Christine, explained: “I don’t know whether I saw something online, but I saw something that made me think, this isn’t right. The newspapers are still printing fibs, we’ve got to do something about it.
“We’ve got to say that she wasn’t an awful girl. She wasn’t horrible. She wasn’t perfect either, but she had this thing that people did love her. She didn’t have any bad in her – I can’t imagine her writing a nasty thing about someone.”
Jody added: “Having seen the film it’s very much about mental health. And now, I’d quite like that to make a big impact on other people.”
The documentary will also feature interviews from some of Caroline’s closest celebrity friends, including singer Olly Murs and TV presenter Dermot O’Leary.
Here’s everything you need know about the documentary.
When is Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death on TV?
The documentary will air on Channel 4 on 17th March 2021 at 9pm.
What is Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death about?
The documentary will look at the rise and tragic loss of Caroline, who presented multiple shows including ITV’s Love Island and The X Factor’s spin-off show Xtra Factor.
Caroline also took part on Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 and won the series.
In this film, viewers will hear from those closest to Caroline as they go deeper than the headlines to reveal who she really was to them.
It will touch upon the pressures that fame, mental health, the press and social media had on Caroline throughout her life.
Including never-before-seen footage of the late star, childhood home videos and interviews with her mother, Christine, and twin sister, Jody, Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death promises to be an “emotional, intimate and candid” documentary, according to Channel 4.
A lesser-known fact about the documetary it is that Caroline herself was very much involved in the production before she passed away.
In the weeks between her 2019 arrest and her death, the TV presenter actually teamed up with Channel 4 to make the doc, with the intention of setting the record straight following recent headlines.
“Caroline felt she was being silenced,” Channel 4 commissioning editor Lee McMurray revealed to press at a Q&A for the film.
“She was very keen to get her side of the story across and to present the version of events as she saw them. Then we were deprived of the opportunity, we thought, ‘Where do we go from here?’”
He said the team – which includes him, director Charlie Russell, executive producer Dov Freedman and Channel 4’s Becky Cadman – “waited an appropriate length of time and then started to think about how we wanted to honour that commitment we made to her”.
It was then decided that in order to keep their promise to Caroline, “the natural people to speak to would be the people that knew her best”.
McMurray announced the documentary last year, saying; “After working closely with Caroline throughout 2019, we agreed to make a film with her that would tell her story and reveal what it’s like to live in the glare of such intense scrutiny.”
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What have Caroline’s family and friends said about the documentary?
Jody was pretty apprehensive about making the documentary.
“I was really frightened,” she said in the film. “There wasn’t enough of a reason to make a film for me. But after talking together, we came up with one. We felt that a good reason to tell the story was that she had asked us.
“Quite close to the end, she had asked us to help tell her story. I remember, she was bouncing out of the meeting she had with you guys [the documentary team]. And she immediately got on the phone to us and said, ‘We’re going to make this film. You’re gonna be in it.’ She was so excited about being able to do it.”
Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death trailer
The trailer for the documentary includes some very emotional clips from Caroline’s loved ones, while the narrator describes it as: “Her story, told by those who knew her best.”
You can watch it below:
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