UK fans get ready! On Christmas Day, Channel 5 will be airing the terrestrial UK premiere of the musical documentary film ‘This Is It’, following the preparations and rehearsals for the King of Pop’s record-breaking concerts, that were never to be.
In the months before Michael’s death, he had plans to crown his career by playing a series of concerts called ‘This Is It’ at London’s O2 Arena. More than one million tickets for the series of 50 planned shows had been sold. This film looks at what might have been, collating footage from rehearsals for those shows with behind-the-scenes clips which show Michael the musical maestro at work.
The movie is directed by Michael’s long-time collaborator Kenny Ortega, the choreographer of the shows, from footage that was never meant to be released. The film holds the record for being the highest-grossing documentary/concert movie of all time. Watch the trailer:
See Michael Jackson’s This Is It at 9.30pm, Christmas Day on Channel 5.