Britain’s obsession with celebrity has created a twilight world where nothing is quite as it seems, made plain in Confessions of the Paparazzi airing on Monday 6 Feb at 9.00pm on Channel 4. With huge rewards for the right photo, the paparazzi and celebrities indulge in a bizarre game of hide and seek where the lines between fact and fiction are often blurred. Now one of the paparazzi’s most controversial figures, George Bamby, has agreed to reveal some of the dark arts of this world.
For freelance paparazzi photographer George, it’s all about being in the right place at the right time. As part of Channel 4’s Fake News Week, this documentary shows him and his young apprentice Bilko in hot pursuit of Britney Spears, Little Mix, Wayne Rooney, Dawn French, Katie Hopkins and Judge Rinder.
George also shares some of his more colourful anecdotes that may help explain why many celebrities view him with such disdain. George estimates that he sells over 500 photographs a year to news organisations and magazines around the world, but in getting the photos is he staying the right side of the legal line?
To get those photos, George has become a master of deception, distraction and disguise, entering an area where public interest, morality and privacy laws collide. This is the life of the paparazzi laid bare, in all its shocking, seedy and often hilarious detail.
In addition to the documentary on Channel 4, a series of new and exclusive shorts will be available on All 4, where George shares some of his most outrageous stories, recounting run-ins with Tom Hardy, Mary Berry and even Princes William and Harry.
Executive Producer: Dom Bowles
Producer and Director: David Hatter
Production Company: IWC Media
Confessions of the Paparazzi airs on Monday 6 February 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on Channel 4.