Caroline Flack documentary was secretly already in the works weeks before death

The events leading up to the death of Love Island presenter Caroline Flack will be examined in a new documentary.

The TV star died by suicide at the age of 40 on February 15, 2020.

Channel 4 documentary Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death will give viewers a candid look at her life, and her untimely death.

Caroline was one of the UK’s most popular TV presenters, having hosted not only Love Island, but The X Factor and I’m A Celebrity’s spin-off show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! NOW! in 2009.

Many may be wondering why, given Caroline’s longstanding relationship with ITV, it’s being aired by another broadcaster.

When is Caroline Flack documentary airing?

Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death will air at 9pm on Wednesday, March 17 on Channel 4.

Why is the Caroline Flack documentary airing on Channel 4?

Although Caroline was the face of ITV’s Love Island, she also had a long relationship with Channel 4.

Caroline worked for Channel 4 from 2005, where she started presenting links between videos on E4 Music, and co-presented The Games: Live at Trackside on E4 with Justin Lee Collins.

But the main reason that the documentary is being aired on Channel 4, is that it was already in the works before she died.

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Documentary makers Charlie Russell and Dov Freedman explained that they had already begun speaking to Caroline at the start of 2020.

They had discussed with her a way of documenting what she was going through at the time.

In December 2019 the star was arrested and charged after an alleged altercation with her then-boyfriend Lewis Burton.

Caroline always denied assaulting Burton, and he also said she was not guilty and didn’t want to press charges.

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Channel 4 commissioning editor Lee McMurray said in a Q&A: “Caroline felt she was being silenced. She was very keen to get her side of the story across and to present the version of events as she saw them.”

Speaking at the same Q&A, Charlie explained: “We met Caroline last year and we talked about making a doc for Channel 4 that would document what she was going through.

“Dov Freedman and I chatted to her at length and we felt like there was a strong connection, although she was in the midst of everything and you could see the pressures of that was exerting on her, she was also very lovely and sweet to us and really interested.”

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Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death includes honest interviews with Caroline’s mum Christine and twin sister Jody.

Christine said she could “see why she liked them [the documentary makers]” and why she “trusted them”, but Jody was more “reluctant”.

She said: “I didn’t see a reason to make it, there wasn’t enough of a reason to make it”.

But after coming together with the creators of the documentary they “came up with one”.

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She added: “We felt that a good reason to tell the story was that she had asked us.

“Quite close to the end, she had asked us to help tell her story. I remember, she was bouncing out of the meeting she had with you guys [the documentary team]. And she immediately got on the phone to us and said, ‘We’re going to make this film. You’re gonna be in it.’ She was so excited about being able to do it.”

Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death airs on Channel 4 on Wednesday March 17 at 9pm

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