ITV has ordered Tom Daley: Diving For Gold, a one-off documentary from independent production company Twofour about the Olympic diver’s professional and personal life in the four years between the 2012 games and the upcoming Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, TVWise has learned.
Diving For Gold follows Daley as he embarks on the next chapter of his career under new coach Jane Figueiredo, as he challenges for gold in Rio. The documentary also takes a look at Tom’s decision to go public about his sexuality and his relationship with Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
Tom Daley: Diving For Gold was commissioned for ITV by Entertainment Commissioner Amanda Stavri and is being produced by Twofour. Chris Williams is the producer and director, while Neil Edwards is the executive producer. The documentary is set to air on ITV later this summer.
“Tom is one of Britain’s best loved athletes and I can’t wait for viewers to see his journey to once again compete in the ultimate level of sporting competition”, said Amanda Stabri. “We’ll follow his highs and the lows as well as discovering new insights into both Tom’s sporting and personal life.”
This marks a reunion of sorts between ITV, Twofour and Tom Daley. The broadcaster previously commissioned two documentaries about Daley, which were both produced by the indie. Twofour was also behind both seasons of ITV’s competition series Splash!, which was fronted by Daley.
“It’s a privilege to have such intimate access to one of Britain’s best loved and most talented Olympians. Tom’s four year journey from London 2012 to Rio 2016 is the latest gripping chapter in a story we’ve all been following since he burst into the public consciousness as a young boy”, added Neil Edwards. “As a nation we’re emotionally invested in Tom Daley, and I’m delighted Twofour and Tom continue to share our close relationship and will be bringing his exhilarating sporting and personal story to the screen through ITV.”