New Freddie Mercury documentary on BBC

A brand new Freddie Mercury documentary, The Great Pretender will be screened on BBC1 on October 16th at 10.35pm. The extensive archive footage is drawn from rare interviews with Freddie, concerts, video shoots and personal material, much of it being seen for the first time, along with newly filmed contributions from fellow Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, Queen manager Jim Beach, soprano Montserrat Caballé, composers David Arnold and Mike Moran, lyricist Tim Rice, comedian and lifelong fan Matt Lucas and many more.

Among the rare footage, The Great Pretender includes for the first time ever Freddie and Rod Stewart singing their demo for 'Take Another Piece of My Heart', an unreleased song from 1984, a snippet of the unreleased Michael Jackson / Freddie Mercury collaboration 'There Must Be More To Life Than This', and Freddie with the Royal Ballet 1979 – never seen in full before.

The Great Pretender will also be available on DVD and Blu-ray, through Eagle Rock Entertainment. As bonus features [that will not make up part of the version to be broadcast by the BBC] the programme includes “Freddie Mercury Goes Solo” and an extended interview with Montserrat Caballé.

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