Pete Doherty in 24 hours

By on Sunday, 18th January 2009 at 5:18 pm

Pete Doherty's house (side)I’m not going to lie. I used to think Pete Doherty was a bit of a twat. The drugs, prison spells and the Kate Moss stories meant that I only knew him to be a no-good layabout who once had some great songs, but whose best times were firmly behind him.

However, after managing to blag our way to see a preview of a new documentary about the former Libertines frontman, I must say I found my opinions about him changed. Yes, he has his issues (doesn’t everyone though?), but he is an incredibly articulate, intelligent and above all, funny man.

For the hour long show, MTV followed him for a day as he gears up to be the star attraction of a fashion show that evening in a London pub with trendy label Gio Goi which Pete appeared to know worryingly few details of. Along the way we got some really amusing sights to see: Pete hoovering whilst singing Queen’s “I want to break free”, how he thinks his house is haunted (Pete: “Hear that creaking? It’s a ghost…” Producer: “isn’t that you leaning on the chair?” Pete: “oh….”), and the comments of those he worked with: “It just wouldn’t be the same if Pete didn’t go missing…”. How true that is.

A snippet from the show. Main post continues after video.
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I must say that since watching it, I can honestly say that I changed my opinions of the guy – I can sort of see now how the “cult of Pete” has drawn people in. Sure, he’s not your average guy, but he harks back to the days of old when artists weren’t just “musicians” or a “painter” – he combines all the talents together to become one of the most interesting and influential figures in the entertainment business today.

After the showing, a quick Q&A session with the director and producer raised some interesting questions and little extras about the show: surprisingly (to some) there was no drug use seen during the 24 hours they spent with Pete, the filming was all done with next to no planning, which just re-inforced what we’d seen – an interesting guy, battling his issues but ultimately winning.

If you’re in next Sunday night (and, let’s face it, who goes out on a Sunday night these days?) catch it on MTV One, and let us know your views.

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Pete Doherty in 24 hours is shown next Sunday at 10pm on MTV One. More information (and more videos) about the show can be found here

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[…] Pete Doherty is back in the public eye, getting ready to release a solo album in a matter of weeks. Along with the new album comes the obligitary tour (below), and documentary (in the post below). […]

4:07 pm
27th January 2009

pete doherty was great on the show, very entertaining.

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