The singer-songwriter has had quite the career since he first landed on the scene with Take That in the early 1990s.
After rising to pop stardom alongside his bandmates Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Jason Orange, Williams went on to carve out a hugely successful solo career, bringing his pop prominence to new heights.
Along the way, he secured seven UK number one singles and a record 14 chart-topping albums, several of them among the all-time best sellers— but the journey wasn’t without its turbulence.
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With Netflix’s new docuseries, the singer’s story will finally be told: warts and all.
Here’s everything we know about it so far…
How many episodes are in the Robbie Williams documentary series?
The Netflix docu-series, entitled simply Robbie Williams, is made up of four episodes. It is available to stream from today, Wednesday, 8 November.
It was directed by Joe Pearlman, the same filmmaker behind music doc Bros: After The Screaming Stops, and produced by Asif Kapadia, the director of the critically acclaimed Amy Winehouse documentary Amy and racing epic Senna.
The episode titles and runtimes are as follows:
Part One: Let's Get Wrecked (53 minutes)
Part Two: Nobody Someday (56 minutes)
Part Three: Close Encounters (51 minutes)
Part Four: Cut The Circuit (40 minutes)
Is there a trailer for the Robbie Williams documentary series?
There is — and it doubles down on the topics hinted at in the series’ description.
Released in mid-October, the full trailer for Robbie Williams sees the star reflecting on his epic journey to the top, alongside the trials and tribulations that success has brought him.
Watch it below.
Before this full trailer dropped, we got both a 40-second teaser and a one-minute look at the new show and everything that it entails.
In the former, we see clips of Williams at various stages of his career - from the young man who started out back in 1990 and the accomplished singer who conquered mammoth crowds at Knebworth in 2003, to more pensive moments of the singer captured in present day.
Here’s your first look at the brand new four-part Robbie Williams documentary. Coming later this year… pic.twitter.com/oBeD5o2tX2
— Netflix (@netflix) September 4, 2023
Released in late September, a latter sees Williams reflecting on the highs and lows of his career in the spotlight from a more sober, modern-day perspective.
“The thing that would destroy me has also made me successful,” says Williams via voiceover, foreshadowing the drama that’s to come. “All of these things have given me my career but there’s also a detrimental side to it too...
"There was jealousy..."
Despite being just a minute long, the new trailer provides another insight into the type of candid storytelling that we can expect from this new music docuseries.
What happens in the Robbie Williams documentary series?
With the docuseries still in production, it’s not crystal clear what we can expect to find in the finished product.
However, if the show’s official synopsis and early trailer is anything to go by, we can likely expect this examination of Williams’ life and career to cut no corners while chronicling the pros and cons of a life spent in the limelight.
According to Netflix, the documentary series will give viewers “unprecedented access” to the singer’s personal life alongside an “intimate look at his career” — one that has spanned three decades.
“Williams has hit high highs and low lows,” says a press release issued by Netflix. “The series will follow those ups and downs – and the media scrutiny that already dogged Williams throughout his career.
"From his struggles with addiction to his recovery, his breakup with Take That to their reunion, the documentary will use new interviews and peeks into Williams’ 25-year archive to delve deep into the heart and soul of a pop star.”
Netflix's four-part Robbie Williams documentary is streaming now.