Channel 4 to screen two-part Paula Yates documentary

Paula Yates passed away in September 2000 credit:Bang Showbiz
Paula Yates passed away in September 2000 credit:Bang Showbiz

Paula Yates' life will be the focus of a new two-part documentary from Channel 4.

The upcoming programme will feature four previously-unheard interviews with the TV presenter and journalist, who died of an accidental heroin overdose in September 2000, aged 41.

Shaminder Nahal, the head of specialist factual at Channel 4, said: "Paula Yates exploded onto our screens in the very first week that Channel 4 came on air in 1982, a whirlwind of wit, verve and charisma - a totally unique style.

"Looking at what she achieved now, it feels like no one has ever quite matched her as a TV presenter.

"So as Channel 4 reflects on 40 years, it feels right to look at her life and career, and what an impact she made.

"As ever, (documentary producers) Curious Films has made a riveting and sensitive series that will, I hope, introduce Paula to a new generation."

Yates hosted shows such as 'The Tube' and 'The Big Breakfast' during her TV career.

However, she was also well-known for her marriage to Bob Geldof and her relationship with Michael Hutchence, the lead singer of Australian rock band INXS.

Charlene Chika Osuagwu, a producer at Curious Films, said: "Paula's battle to 'have it all', torn between the duties of family life and her own personal career and happiness in the magnifying glare of a world determined to judge her, provide a powerful lesson for today's world and women fighting the same issues 40 years later."

The documentary - which features interviews recorded in 1998 and 1999 - is due to air on Channel 4 in March.