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What the Gazza documentary gets wrong about domestic violence

By Roberta Garrett, Senior Lecturer in Literature and Cultural Studies, University of East London
David Lashbrook, Senior Lecturer and Co-Course Leader of Media Foundation, University of East London
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The new BBC two-part documentary, Gazza, opens with the solitary figure of former international football star and fallen hero, Paul Gascoigne, fishing alone in a deserted lake. Taking as its title Gascoigne’s nickname, Gazza presents the footballer as a man more sinned against by the press than guilty of his own actions.

Using archival footage and voice-over interviews with friends, family, colleagues and teammates, as well as the journalists who pursued him, the documentary tells the familiar – and persuasive…The Conversation

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