Gripping Oscar, Reeva doccie to air in SA

2013-03-20 07:43
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – It's 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 and will air on Sunday 24 March on The Discovery Channel (DStv 121) at 20:55 (South African time).

Discovery Networks International just acquired the broadcasting rights to Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened? which was recently shown in the United Kingdom to record ratings and was also just sold to Discovery in America where it will be shown as Blade Runner: The Untold Story.

The hour long 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.

The superb documentary produced by Mentorn Media with Rick Edwards as the presenter will give South African viewers the chance to delve deeper into the tragic Valentine’s Day shooting case which has propelled model and reality star Steenkamp and the paralympic athlete Pistorius to front page news in a story which has rocked the world.

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.

Inside Reeva's bedroom

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 shot and 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.

"Since news broke of this tragic event, the entire world has been speculating about what actually happened that Valentine's morning. The appetite for further knowledge about the case is incredibly strong – especially in South Africa where the story is still headline news," says Lee Hobbs, the channel director for emerging business for Discovery Networks' Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) region.

"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 Sunday, 24 March on Discovery Channel (DStv 121) at 20:55.


  • Hoenderma Neek - 2013-03-20 08:16

    I watched this documentary - it wasn't as wonderful and superb as this article makes it out to be and doesn't really reveal anything that we know already so don't get too exited...

      Rohin - 2013-03-20 08:26

      agreed. it's just a rehash of suppositions and theories.

      Tim Green - 2013-03-20 08:51

      They havent even been to court for the main trial and theres already a documentry claiming to tell us what happened. Sigh, when will the media leave this the fk alone!

      Jake Zondagh - 2013-03-27 13:18

      Have NO Idea why this had to be done. What were they trying to achieve with a documentary. I saw another disabled athlete who complained that he had a faster 400 than Oscar and yet Oscar was chosen. This is illogical in my opinion. Could his persona have been blown up out of proportion?

  • Nthato Thema - 2013-03-20 08:22

    A behind the scenes view is always cool.

  • Stephen Brookes - 2013-03-20 08:29

    Hahah the documentary is reaching. Some of the calibre who they interview - her tattoo artist, the editor of heat etc. Come on..

  • Rahil Khanna - 2013-03-20 08:37

    Anything to boost the ratings ...

  • Grant Logan - 2013-03-20 08:44

    DSTV late to the party again. Eish! I pity their subscribers.

  • Nico Eksteen - 2013-03-20 08:47

    It didn't make waves in the UK where it was viewed first. Must be crap.

  • Prada Ledger - 2013-03-20 08:53

    Oscar is all but forgotten now,

  • Brian Tebogo Mogotsi - 2013-03-20 08:57

    What for? Take it somewhere else far away...

  • tina.leal.353 - 2013-03-20 09:16

    Paying for his lawyers fees

  • Joshua Sematla - 2013-03-20 09:42

    Can't British media leave us alone, why are they always snooping around in our business..what's with the obsession..

  • Geoff March - 2013-03-20 09:47

    This was downloaded 2 weeks ago so why so late with the broadcast DSTV??? What a disappointment, content revealed absolutely nothing we don't know already. If you're expecting something dramatic, exciting or some new insight into the case, you'll be bitterly disappointed. Don't stay up for this one!!!

  • Manuela Cassuto - 2013-03-20 09:51

    You can watch it on youtube since like a week ago.

  • Cynthia Langenhouw - 2013-03-20 10:10

    Watched this documentary and it is just a rehash of everything already speculated in the media. Everything is based on theory and nothing concrete.

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2013-03-20 12:12

    Just interviews with people looking to cash in on their 5 minutes of fame!! Leave Oscar alone and the media need to stop persecuting him!

  • Charity Ntla - 2013-03-21 11:27

    Dstv behaving typically. Why glorify theft? The British sell us our own story to make cash out of other people's misfortunes. It's not about truth; it's about greed. We could have done it ourselves as South Africans but chose not to out of compassion and values.

  • Israel Annie - 2013-03-21 22:47

    This documentary does not reveal anything - nothing about being SUPERB and WONDERFUL - a total waste of time !!

  • ANASKA - 2013-03-21 22:53

    How can anybody "KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED"?? Absolutely nonsense!! Pistorius is the ONLY one that knows exactly what happend that day

  • Sally Lewitt - 2013-03-24 00:19

    my question is why has it been viewed by the rest of the world, yet us SAs only now...?

  • Emily Cherry - 2013-06-05 09:42

    I watched it and its all speculation.Reeva never liked arguments and would just walk away.Only Oscar knows the thruth.The overseas media have nothing good to say about our justice system.

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