British pubcaster BBC2 is preparing to air its own Michael Jackson documentary set to explore the life and career of the King of Pop.
Presented by Jacques Peretti (pictured), the tentatively titled Michael Jackson: The Rise and Fall will feature testimony from those who worked and knew the controversial pop star in an attempt to take audiences on a journey through Jackson’s early years. The one-off documentary special will explore Jackson’s upbringing with The Jackson 5 in Gary, Indiana, his time in New York and the notorious nightclub Studio 54, his relationship with the media, the creation of the Neverland Ranch while showcasing the amount preparation Jackson undertook for his “This Is It” concerts shortly before his death in 2009.
The film also looks at key moments in Jackson’s career that had a lasting impact on him, and will attempt to unravel the circumstances, controversies and accusations that continue to haunt the late pop singer in an attempt to better understand his meteoric rise and fall.
Peretti has previously made three other films about Jackson, including Michael Jackson: What Really Happened; Michael Jackson’s Last Days: What Really Happened; and Michael Jackson’s Secret Hollywood. Peretti has also fronted such BBC2 series as The Men Who Made Us Fat and The Men Who Made Us Spend.
The film was commissioned by BBC2 controller Patrick Holland and Mark Bell, commissioning editor of factual. It is a BBC Studios production with Janet Lee as executive producer and Shurwin Beckford as the director and producer.
“Jaques Peretti has been one of the foremost critical commentators of Michael Jackson and his troubled life and legacy,” said Holland in a statement. “When he came to us over a year ago with the idea of reappraising him 10 years after his death, we were immediately taken with the project. We knew it would not shy away from the controversies that surround MJ and would be a thorough look at the many facets of his life that would help us try to understand what made him who he was.”
Michael Jackson: The Rise And Fall will premiere on BBC2 later this year.