A new two-part Channel 4 documentary, Paula, will explore the life of the late TV presenter and journalist, Paula Yates.

As well as never-before-broadcast interviews, the programmes will include contributions from close friends and former colleagues as well as footage of her.

Present-day contributors include Robbie Williams and Grace Dent.

Here is what we know about the programmes.

What can we expect from the documentary Paula?

The documentary is formed around four “extraordinarily compelling” interviews with Yates, which were recorded in 1998 and 1999, shortly before her death, and have never been heard before.

In the interviews, Yates, who found fame presenting roles on The Tube and The Big Breakfast, “frankly and eloquently discusses the positives and pitfalls of her life”.

Chillingly, she describes the opinion that she would soon follow her former lover, rock star Michael Hutchence of Australian band INXS, to the grave.

“It’s kind of weird feeling that everyone’s waiting for you to die,” she said.

The interviews were granted to journalist Martin Townsend after the death of Hutchence.

Hutchence died in November 1997, aged 37. His death was ruled a suicide.

The documentary Paula was produced by Curious Films for Channel 4.

Charlene Chika Osuagwu, the producer at Curious Films, said: “Paula is the real story of a singular woman who was both ahead of her time and totally of it, which explores how she shaped, and was shaped by, the seismic changes in British culture and celebrity, and what it meant to be a successful woman in that era.

“Paula’s battle to ‘have it all’, torn between the duties of family life and her own personal career and happiness in the magnifying glare of a world determined to judge her, provide a powerful lesson for today’s world and women fighting the same issues 40 years later.”

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How did Paula Yates start out in journalism?

Yates began her career as a music journalist in 1979 with a column called “Natural Blonde” in the Record Mirror.

But it was in the 1980s that she gained wider fame as the co-presenter with Jools Holland of the Channel 4 pop music programme, The Tube.

She later became the focus of attention for her “on the bed” interviews on the original The Big Breakfast, which ran from 1992-2002.

As well as her presenting roles, she wrote several books, including titles on motherhood.

What happened to Paula Yates?

Yates married Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats’ frontman Sir Bob Geldof in Las Vegas in 1986 after 10 years together. The couple had three children: Fifi, Peaches (who died in 2014 from a heroin overdose aged 25), and Pixie.

Yates first met Hutchence in 1985. The pair’s affair had reportedly been under way for several months before the famously flirty October 1994 Big Breakfast “bed” interview.

In February 1995, Yates left Geldof, and later that year she became pregnant with Hutchence’s child.

Geldof and Yates divorced in May 1996. In July 1996, Yates gave birth to a daughter, Tiger Lily.

Yates and Sir Bob Geldof were together for nearly 20 years (Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Up until 1997, Yates had believed her biological father to be Jess Yates, who hosted the ITV religious programme Stars on Sunday.

However, a DNA test in that same year revealed her biological father was in fact the game show host Hughie Green.

Yates died aged 41 on 17 September 2000 at her home in London’s Notting Hill on her daughter Pixie’s 10th birthday. It was ruled she died of an accidental heroin overdose.

When can I watch Paula?

Paula is on Channel 4 tonight (Monday 13 March) at 9pm, with the concluding part broadcast at the same time on Tuesday (14 March). Both are an hour long.

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