The explosive Framing Britney Spears documentary is finally coming to the UK. Here’s when you can watch it

Josh Milton
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Here’s when and how to watch Framing Britney Spears in the UK.

Framing Britney Spears, the documentary which recounts the pop princess’ rise to fame, public breakdown and battle for freedom, has finally been given a UK air date.

After the 90-minute one-off The New York Times documentary debuted in the US on FX and Hulu, American viewers were left stunned, saddened and enraged by what it details.

British viewers, meanwhile, have been left largely in the dark.

But according to This Morning, the episode of the FX Documentaries series has been given its long-awaited release date – and it’s coming soon.

How to watch Framing Britney Spears in the UK: Release date confirmed.

Framing Britney Spears will air in the UK Tuesday night (16 February).

While discussing Justin Timberlake’s recent apology towards his own role in Spears’ life, host Eamonn Holmes confirmed: “Sky Documentaries said it will [air] tomorrow night at 9pm”.

It will also be streamed on NOW TV from the same time, it was confirmed on Twitter.

Britney Spears documentary ‘captures the unsavoury dimensions of the American pop-star machine’.

Charting the trials and tribulations of Britney Spears, documentary filmmakers sought to expose how a hounding, misogynistic media impacted the star’s mental health in the late 2000s.

“[Framing Britney Spears] re-examines Britney Spears‘ career and offers a new assessment of the movement rallying against her court-mandated conservatorship, capturing the unsavoury dimensions of the American pop-star machine,” a synopsis reads.

The documentary also chronicles Spears’ three-year-long relationship and breakup with Justin Timberlake, putting him in the crosshairs of fan criticism.

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in 2002. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in 2002. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Guests on the documentary described how Timberlake’s career profited from the way their breakup was portrayed by the press.

Britney, according to The New York Times critic Wesley Morris, was painted as “the school slut” while Timberlake, now the “quarterback”, used his post-breakup single “Cry Me A River” as “pure male revenge fantasy”.

The fan backlash against Timberlake prompted the singer to apologise for his treatment of Spears, and for his part in Janet Jackson’s career being derailed after he ripped part of her costume off onstage during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in 2004.

“I specifically want to apologise to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed,” he said.