Discovery+ UK has commissioned London-headquartered ITN Productions, the creative arm of ITN, to produce a fast turnaround documentary special that will examine the life and storied career of the late Diego Armando Maradona.
The hour-long special – titled What Killed Maradona? – will provide an in-depth investigation into the remarkable highs and lows of the Argentinian football legend’s (pictured) life on and off the pitch, as well as the devastating impact both recreational and prescription drugs had on his body over a number of decades.
Featured throughout will be archive materials from throughout Maradona’s playing career, alongside interviews with sports scientists, doctors and those closest to “The Golden Boy.”
ITN Productions’ Sarah-Jane Cohen serves as executive producer on the special alongside Discovery’s Jeremy Phillips. It was ordered by Discovery’s Simon Downing and Victoria Noble, VP original content for factual.
What Killed Maradona? will be made exclusively available via Discovery+ UK beginning December 28.
Earlier this month, Discovery, Inc. lifted the veil on its highly anticipated direct-to-consumer offering, which rolls out Jan. 4.
“Maradona was an icon that many looked up to, but his life was closely scrutinized by the international media who often looked at his vices off the pitch,” said Simon Downing, Discovery’s head of factual and sports UK, in a statement. “This exclusive Discovery+ documentary goes beyond the headlines to delve into the many aspects of his life that shaped his legacy.”
At launch, Discovery+ will feature more than 50 original titles and more than 150 hours of exclusive content. The service will premiere more than 1,000 hours of original content in its first year.
Elsewhere, true crime and mystery network Investigation Discovery is to reveal the dark network of pedophiles that connects the murders of John Wayne Gacy in Chicago with the Houston mass murders by Dean Corll.
Produced by Cineflix, The Clown and the Candyman will serve as a four-part documentary special that traces a path through the 1970s in an attempt to expose how this system was able to exploit America’s youth.
The special will be centered around the crimes of Gacy and Corll, and offers insight into their crimes and how each killer was discovered, as well as the race to identify their remaining nameless victims.
In addition, The Clown and the Candyman will investigate the infamous murders’ connections to John David Norman, the key operator of a nationwide pedophile ring, while never-before-heard tapes of Gacy offer viewers a glimpse into the disturbed man and his heinous actions.
The Clown and the Candyman premieres across ID on Jan. 18 and 19 beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The special will also be made available to stream on Discovery+ beginning Jan. 18.