A new Amy Winehouse documentary will celebrate her life and legacy

Jen Crothers
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Photo credit: Roger Kisby - Getty Images
Photo credit: Roger Kisby - Getty Images

The BBC has announced a special documentary celebrating the life and legacy of Amy Winehouse, on the 10th anniversary of her death.

Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On will explore the real Amy in the words of - and through the eyes of - those who knew her best, like her mother, Janis. Amy died on 23 July 2011 aged just 27.

The film will shine a light on parts of her life that so far we don't know about, and will include access to a never-before-seen personal archive of Amy, from her family and rare BBC archive material.

Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid - Getty Images
Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid - Getty Images

A statement from the BBC reads, "Amy’s story will be told primarily through her mum, Janis – a figure close to Amy whom we have yet to hear a lot from and whose version of events often differs from the narrative we have been told before.

"Janis lives with Multiple Sclerosis, a condition which threatens to strip her of her memories of Amy, and is a large part of her motivation to make this timely and personal documentary.

"Janis will be aided by family, friends and those who knew Amy best to piece together the side of Amy rarely seen. The film will be a powerful and sensitive account of one of Britain’s best-loved and greatly-missed musical talents, offering a new female-driven interpretation of her life, her loves and her legacy."

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Photo credit: Gareth Davies - Getty Images

“I don't feel the world knew the true Amy, the one that I brought up, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to offer an understanding of her roots and a deeper insight into the real Amy," says Janis.

As well as the one-off documentary, the BBC plans to celebrate Amy's legacy across television, iPlayer and on BBC Sounds.

Radio 6 Music will commemorate the anniversary with a selection of programming from across the BBC celebrating Amy’s music, while a documentary is in the pipeline for Radio 2. It will focus on Amy's influence on the next generation of female singer-songwriters.

Radio 1 will revisit some of Amy's most memorable live performances and will produce a new documentary too.

Amy Winehouse: Ten Years On will air on BBC Two later this year.

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