The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius Series 1

  • Sport
  • 4 Episodes

Directed by BAFTA award-winner Daniel Gordon (Hillsborough, The Australian Dream, George Best: All By Himself) and produced by Academy Award-winner John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man, One Day in September), The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius tells the story of the South African Paralympic sprinter and international hero, who had inspired millions with his determination and dedication - and who on Valentine’s Day 2013 was at the centre of a murder investigation. The tragic death of Reeva Steenkamp - shot four times by Pistorius through a locked toilet door - and the speculation and frenzied media reporting that ensued, with fact and fiction chaotically merged for public consumption, would captivate the world and throw a harsh spotlight onto both Pistorius and South Africa.

Director

Daniel Gordon

Producer

John Battsek

Episodes

1h 33m
Part 1

When South Africans woke up on 14 February 2013, they could not have seen what was coming. Oscar Pistorius, one of their country’s most popular sportsmen and a figure of inspiration, had shot dead his girlfriend, model and paralegal Reeva Steenkamp.

1h 19m
Part 2

A month after Oscar Pistorius shoots dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he is out on bail, living at his uncle Arnold’s compound. A forensics expert hired by his legal team helps him to recreate his version of what happened the night of Reeva’s death.

1h 10m
Part 3

When a judge is assigned to the Oscar Pistorius trial, the world watches closely. In this case, a judge - and not a jury - decide the defendant’s fate. The judge, Thokozile Masipa, is a highly respected scholar who grew up in the Soweto Township as a child of Apartheid. Despite the dignity with which she attempts to conduct the trial, no-one can stop it from becoming a televised tabloid circus.

1h 43m
Part 4

Six weeks into the trial of Oscar Pistorius, he takes the stand to explain what happened in the early hours of 14 February 2013.