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Britney Spears: BBC Two to air new documentary about legal battle and #FreeBritney movement

Programme will air just months after the hit US documentary Framing Britney Spears

Louis Chilton
Wednesday 17 March 2021 10:36

BBC Two is set to produce its own documentary about Britney Spears and her ongoing legal battle surrounding her conservatorship.

The programme is being made by Bafta-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar, and arrives amid renewed interest in the #FreeBritney movement.

Earlier this year, the New York Times-produced documentary Framing Britney Spears covered similar subject matter, shining a light on the popstar’s life and treatment by the media.

Under the working title Britney, the documentary began filming last Autumn, with Azhar journeying from Spears’s hometown in Kentwood, Louisiana to Los Angeles, delving into “one of the most passionate fan bases in modern celebrity”.

Per the BBC’s description, the programme will see Azhar “attend a court hearing, finding himself in the midst of the ongoing battle between Britney’s conservatorship team and the passionate fans behind the #FreeBritney movement”.

The documentarian said: “I went to LA in search of the truth of how Britney Spears, one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, ended up in a conservatorship.

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“I found myself in a world of lawyers, superfans and paparazzi and spent time with many of the people who’ve had a front row seat in Britney’s life.”

Azhar added that the film “taps into the energy of the #FreeBritney movement and questions the industry, fandom and the laws that facilitate conservatorships”.

It will debut on BBC Two later this Spring.

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