Oscar and Reeva doccie to air in March

2013-02-28 07:31
New York - The desire to produce a quick documentary on Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius and the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has led to a new partnership between two television networks.

The Investigation Discovery Network will premiere a one-hour special titled Beauty & The Blade Runner on Sunday 3 March in the US.

The TV special will delve into the South African athlete's life and his role in the shooting death of Steenkamp.

ID is making the special with the help of NBC News's Peacock Productions.

ID even coined a new phrase to describe the quick specials, calling them instamentaries.

People close to both Pistorius and Steenkamp feature in the special, which examines evidence in the case brought forward so far.


  • Pixie86 - 2013-02-28 07:42

    hollywood already cashing in

      fakroddin.khanshaike - 2013-02-28 08:26

      Will it be nominated for an Oscar?

      VaMbozha Mutemi - 2013-02-28 09:51

      seriously is this entertainment?? R.I.P Reeva

      flippn.cool - 2013-02-28 10:17

      Milking it before it's even over. Scum.

      fakroddin.khanshaike - 2013-02-28 11:15

      The Blade Gunner

  • Sue Tyler - 2013-02-28 07:54

    I fail to understand why Pistorius would get this kind of exposure? Money? Probably!!

  • Emmanuel Trizzy Towers Mdaka - 2013-02-28 08:06

    it goes to show how stupid South African TV networks are..."3 March in the US. " mxm

  • Ruppersberg - 2013-02-28 08:15

    Oscar killed a human being. He made a conscious choice to fire his 9mm without warning into a bathroom knowing that it will kill 'someone' without even knowing who's inside! It could have been your 13 year old son, your drunk husband climbing into the wrong house, Your cat? In this case it was someone's daughter, grandchild and sister that was brutally murdered for no reason whatsoever! I do believe that he made a tragic mistake and that he will have nightmares for the rest of his life. But that's not enough. All criminals sitting in prison will tell you that they are there because they made a mistake in some way. Many are there for good reason but most are there for making MISTAKES. His mistake... he broke the law by not following the golden rule when firing your weapon: The principle is simple: the life of an "attacker" (Yes, someone attacking you) can only be taken in order to protect your or someone else’s life or to prevent serious bodily harm that is imminent. It is unlawful (punishable by a prison sentence) to use lethal force in any other circumstances. (Google "South african law when shooting an intruder" should you not believe me). He used lethal force in the wrong circumstance and broke the law. And just like all the other law breakers who paid with prison sentences for their mistakes he should too!

      Nkala Popo - 2013-02-28 08:19


      Kevin Munsamy - 2013-02-28 08:41

      You are 100% correct, but what I fail to see it how did they let this murderer out on bail???

      Holdanigono - 2013-02-28 09:27

      Tell us something new yaaaawn :/

      Annadie Kidson Krygsman - 2013-02-28 09:44

      So the father who shot his daughter by mistake after thinking she was a burglar should also goto jail???

      VaMbozha Mutemi - 2013-02-28 09:53

      you did Intro to Magistrate 101 neh

      Brian Tebogo Mogotsi - 2013-02-28 10:13

      Unfortunately the same Law is never there to give you a countdown in the dead of night; "3,2,1.. Now you can fire because what he is posing is clear and imminent danger". Assessment of imminent danger is highly subjective. Someone jumping over your fence at 1 a.m. can cause some people to conclude there is imminent danger. Others will allow the intruding figure to try and gain access to the house before they classify that as imminent danger. Braver ones will let him open the door before they consider it reasonable to fire. The bravest will allow him to enter the house, and confirm that he is armed and then agree that now danger is imminent. In summary, the law leaves it up to you to do your own assessment. In OP's case, he says he FELT THAT DANGER WAS IMMINENT. That's why he got bail. The prosecution cannot demonstrate that it's impossible to make such a catastrophic and probably stupid mistake that you end up feeling threatened. Which is why Botha conceded that they could not find anything wrong with OP's version. So it's a 50-50 case really.

      Rudzani Maxwell Mamphiswana - 2013-02-28 10:17

      You are 100% right. The most sad part is even if Oscar can win this on technicalities that he did not premeditate the murder, Reeva is dead. Nobody from Oscar's side should celebrate this.

      Dumisile Dee Nene - 2013-02-28 11:05

      Even if you can keep quiet for a year, you've said a mouthful and wonderfully put. Thanks Ruppersberg, I wish and hope those behind OP can read this, we are not hating on OP we just want justice be done and hope to God he takes responsibility of what HE has done.

      Albie Mwansa - 2013-02-28 12:44

      Oscar felt threatened. Mistakes should be considered as mistakes no matter how lethal. It was unintentional to kill his girl friend. Imminent danger can be interperted in many ways." If that thief comes out of the toilet and finds out that Im actually disabled he will have an added advantage, rather strike first". Most of us are not diabled as Oscar is so can not really have the deeper sentiments he has regarding his diability and capabilities to defend himself.

  • Maria Anjola Torrao - 2013-02-28 08:20

    These American strive on this type of news . Makes me Sick .

      Martin Ferguson - 2013-02-28 08:44

      bet you will watch it

      Annadie Kidson Krygsman - 2013-02-28 09:44


      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 10:00

      These "Americans"... quite a generalisation there my dear. You seem to be thriving on reading articles here and commenting. If you think the American media is "sick", I suggest you stay away from the British media. Most of the OP stories have been breaking there long before they hit our shores here.

  • Maria Anjola Torrao - 2013-02-28 08:21

    Makes me sick how these Americans strive on this .

      Annadie Kidson Krygsman - 2013-02-28 09:44


      rodney.currie.79 - 2013-02-28 09:47

      I think they thrive on them. Judgeing on the exposure they have got here I think South Africans do too.

      Kevin Felix - 2013-02-28 10:13

      Me thiks you mean thrive; strive means endeavour - struggle - try - fight - aspire.

  • Ruppersberg - 2013-02-28 08:21

    When this story broke I also thought "Poor guy" and innocent until proven guilty", and, and, and... but then I started thinking... what if my 11 year old son slept over at a friends house? What if he went to the toilet at 3 am in the morning and the man of the house (disabled or not) recklessly shot 4 rounds into the closed toilet door without warning and killed him because he thought it was an intruder?? Changes the whole picture hey?...

      arthur.salvado - 2013-02-28 08:31

      100% ruppersberg. Excellent observation.

      rob.graf.18 - 2013-02-28 11:14

      and what if your 11 year old son was in the house and there was an intruder, armed and willing to kill, and the man of the house did nothing .... bet you would be singing a different tune then

      Lethia Swart - 2013-03-01 14:24

      In fact..I have just recently read about 2 cases where it actually happened. Both were fathers who killed their children by mistaking them for burglars..both in the dark, both without actually seeing their victims. In reality it is different. Accidents happen....

  • Mike Barnes - 2013-02-28 08:23

    No matter what, Oscar will remain a woman killer

      Annadie Kidson Krygsman - 2013-02-28 09:46

      So the father who shot his little daughter through the bathroom door will remain a child killer?

      Grant Logan - 2013-02-28 10:18

      @Annadie, did the father of the little daughter also shoot 4 times? Doesn't 4 times sound a bit extreme to you or did you grow up in the wild wild west?

      Dumisile Dee Nene - 2013-02-28 11:11

      Grant, I'm waiting for Annadie's reply as well? I'd also believe it if he shot once but he continued shooting 3 more times after the first shot, really now, what a mistake

      Nqobizwe Shaningua Shipanga - 2013-02-28 11:17

      He knew what he was doing and now he is claiming twas a mistake. Sicko, I hope he gets life without parole.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 11:47

      Annadie, we don't know the facts of this other case you are referring to. Please tell us about all the details so we can compare apples with apples and not apples with pears.

  • Amanda Milward - 2013-02-28 08:26

    Gosh already cashing in!! so typial of the USA! why cant they let the Steenkamp family mourn Reeva's death first and also let the court case run its course. Dont forget the Pistorius family is also going through a hectic time in their lives.

  • Khadija Osman - 2013-02-28 08:32

    get over it already! And its not 'strive', the word is 'thrive'

  • Deziree Viljoen - 2013-02-28 08:36

    They should just get Paula Zahn on this case....!!

  • Jenny Gontier - 2013-02-28 09:06

    If I was Barry Roux I would apply for an urgent interdict. What happened to sub judice ? More trial by media.

  • Commentator Commentator - 2013-02-28 09:14

    Of course this is prime food for the media/book/film/public/doccumentary No fiction scriptwriter could have dreamed of this scenario..sex, Love, money, heat of the moment passion, murder, fame, privilege, complex forensics, high powered lawyers, PR company spin, bumbling cops, fallen hero, drugs and so on and it's EARLY days yet..a lot more to follow... The old saying "the truth is stranger than fiction" is proved once again

  • Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 09:24

    I hope this "documentary" is made in a tasteful manner with no interference from Vuma PR.

      Annadie Kidson Krygsman - 2013-02-28 09:47

      I wish to remind you that Oscar Pistorius is not only a person but also an international brand. So that is why a PR company is utilized.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 09:55

      This "brand" is in tatters and his team of spin doctors are not doing a very good job at the moment of helping it. But that's just my opinion based on what has been fed to the public about Brand OP in the last few days.

      Dumisile Dee Nene - 2013-02-28 11:12

      this "international brand" killed an innocent woman

  • Debbie Eddles Walker - 2013-02-28 09:25

    This is so NOT ethical. The families are in turmoil and once again people want to get rich quick. I'm afraid this will destroy the court hearing as the media influence can destoy everything. I honestly feel this is so WRONG.

      Annadie Kidson Krygsman - 2013-02-28 09:48

      We do not have the jury system, so apart from sowing more half truths amongst the public it will not have bearing on the case/trial.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 09:52

      Carte Blanche and Third Degree have both run stories locally so why can't an overseas team do the same? This is WORLDWIDE news in case you don't know.

  • Refiloe Thelma Shikwambana - 2013-02-28 10:12

    Soon a book then a Movie then a Reality Show.

  • Vanessa Govender - 2013-02-28 10:20

    i was wondering about when the book and the movie would follow....

  • Nanda Pita - 2013-02-28 10:37

    Cashing in time for the media, overseas and local. Considering one family is in mourning and the other is still to go on trial I find this in bad taste. No one said publicity is sensitive to real people's feelings. And sad part is that we will all watch it should we be close to a TV at the time. Great ratings.

  • Prada Ledger - 2013-02-28 10:49

    i have actually fallen in love with Oscar. Hope everything goes well.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 10:56

      That's quite a bold statement to make Prada, considering the last lady to apparently "fall in love" with him is now dead, because he shot her.

      DolceLucy - 2013-02-28 11:09

      Best of luck Prada. Just remember to wear a bullet proof vest.

      Dumisile Dee Nene - 2013-02-28 11:19

      Hope your life policy up to date with payments

  • Prada Ledger - 2013-02-28 11:13

    im hoping our love will be his salvation, i hope Vuma PR will help me get in touch with him.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 11:23

      I don't think you are his type...

      Dumisile Dee Nene - 2013-02-28 11:56

      Ouch @Nurse Helenk

      Aneta Ruszkowska - 2013-02-28 12:10

      I know an excellent psychiatrist that I can put you in touch with.

      Deziree Viljoen - 2013-02-28 12:25

      I don't think after this tragedy a new girl is his focus.... At least Not for a very long time!

  • Marika Fourie - 2013-02-28 11:18

    when will this air in SA?

  • Vutlhari Tyron Maringa - 2013-02-28 12:08

    Not really nice cos this isn't a story it's reality guys, the only thing Pistorius deserves s behind bars for life.

  • Roger Jenkins - 2013-02-28 12:15

    lets all not watch it. Its too early, insensitive and will probably break the case for the prosecution.

      Dumisile Dee Nene - 2013-02-28 13:50

      you knows tha'ts not gonna happen

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 14:26

      I don't think it will sway anything except public sentiment. The Judge is the only person who should be banned from watching these shows IMHO.

  • Aneta Ruszkowska - 2013-02-28 12:16

    It's not about cashing in...though that is a bonus. It's about documenting and reporting news! It is their job and without them we wouldn't have a clue about other cases in the world. I doubt that Reeva's family will object and Oscar's family...well they don't have a say...facts are that Oscar committed a crime...whether its murder or culpable homicide will still be decided.

      Jolene Fourie - 2013-02-28 13:02

      Hmm Investigation Discovery channel mostly focuses on crime and murder stories. I think it's a bit premature perhaps to air a documentary when we don’t even have all the facts yet. I have followed the story closely and at first I was more leaning towards giving him the benefit of doubt that it was an accident. I’m not so sure anymore but still want all the facts from the trail before I make my judgment if it was premeditated murder or not. I’m rather sick of the media and all the speculation around what went on, was she pregnant, was she beaten over the head with a bat (which was confirmed in the bail hearing as a non-truth. The more I follow the story the more I am disgusted by peoples comments, judgments and overall speculation. I wish the media would be more responsible about their reporting across the globe. Reporting news should be based on cold hard facts not speculation and sensationalism to sell papers and make shows when we don’t even know what actually took place yet.

  • anaska - 2013-02-28 13:11

    This is in very very bad taste - DISGUSTING!!

  • sirmelvin - 2013-02-28 13:12

    Really now?! Reeva's family is still mourning and Oscar must still have his day in court! A docie about what? Parasites!

  • Prada Ledger - 2013-02-28 13:12

    Nurse i dont think i should waste energy on you. Oscar needs a lot of love right now, not people who want to break him down. Im willing to offer him that as well as a tranquil existence away from the spotlight and prying eyes.

      Bernice Marais - 2013-02-28 13:40

      Stalker much?

      Kelly Macnamara Oosthuizen - 2013-02-28 14:05

      wow. what your experiencing is called Hybristophilia, it is an actual condition and you can get help! so common when high profile people commit atrocious crimes so your not alone, look up ted bundy jeffery dahmer, richard ramirez, even rapist joseph fritzl.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 14:17

      I think you need to listen to Kelly.

  • Deborah Anne Hall Jutzeler - 2013-02-28 14:13

    Anyone who tells me they are not really looking forward to getting SOME clarity and seeing justice (and perhaps because of that look at every morsel of news, just incase there IS clarity with evidence) is telling a lie. We are ALL in suspense over this, and it is particularly poignant in this country because 'shooting an intruder' should NOT become some kind of precedent for getting rid of unwanted people or getting away with rash acts of violence perpetrated on people in the SAME HOUSE.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 14:21

      Thank you Deborah. We are waiting to see the outcome of this trial. It will most definitely set a precedent for further such cases.

  • Ellie Mae White - 2013-02-28 19:31

    Trying to make money out of a tragedy..... distasteful.... and putting our South Africans in a bad light to the world

  • Mowela's Arc - 2013-02-28 20:01

    This is why SA will continue to struggle in being a SuperPower.... South African producers why are you sleeping.... American produces are about to take millions rightfully yours right under your noses.... Word waker hulle....

      Aubrey Kloppers - 2013-02-28 23:16

      ps - Nkosi sekelele!

  • Aubrey Kloppers - 2013-02-28 23:16

    WTF!!! Come-on now really!

  • Gastao Ferraz - 2013-03-01 08:59

    Well...if they do make a movie about this then i know who should play Oscar...."captain Dan" from Forrest Gump

  • Gastao Ferraz - 2013-03-01 09:01

    Or is it lieutenant.....

  • Wike Mood - 2013-03-02 09:30

    welcome to tabloid tv.

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