Channel 5 has ordered a pair of feature-length docudramas about the untimely deaths of Freddie Mercury and Karen Carpenter, TVWise has learned.
The two docudramas, titled Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender Revealed and Karen Carpenter: Goodbye To Love, will use extensive scripted dramatisation based on first-hand accounts, rarely seen archive footage and interviews to uncover the truth behind the loss of the two singers.
ITV Studios’ label Potato is producing both shows for Channel 5. Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender Revealed and Karen Carpenter: Goodbye To Love were commissioned by Channel 5’s Factual Commissioning Editor Guy Davies. Ed Taylor and Michael Kelpie will serve as executive producers.
“There are few artists who have touched the lives of so many through their music to the extent of Freddie Mercury and Karen Carpenter”, said Michael Kelpie, Executive Producer & Managing Director of Potato. “These films tell their stories in a compelling, truthful and respectful way and remind us all of how much we miss them both.”
While Channel 5’s Guy Davies added: “In the year that we mark the 25th anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s tragic death, these sensitively told stories will focus on two icons of our time who left their mark on millions of people across the globe.”