BBC Music and BBC Two have commissioned a special documentary called Freddie Mercury: The Final Act.
The special documentary will tell the story of the final chapter of Freddie Mercury’s life and The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium that took place after his death.
It will feature new interviews from those closest to him including Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, Mercury’s sister Kashmira Bulsara, friends Anita Dobson and David Wigg and his PA Peter Freestone.
The documentary begins in 1986 during Queen’s Magic tour and their iconic performance at Knebworth Stadium in Hertfordshire, which cemented Mercury’s legend status.
Over the next few years Mercury secretly battled with HIV/AIDS, a disease that was killing millions all over the world and intensifying homophobia.
Mercury died from complications of AIDS in November 1991 and the tribute concert took place on April 20 1992, which was attended by over 70,000 people with over a billion viewers on television.
To commemorate Mercury, bandmates May and Taylor and their manager Jim Beach decided to bring together a group of A-list artists including Elton John, David Bowie and Annie Lennox, for what became one of the biggest concerts in history.
Artists who performed at the gig also contribute to the documentary, including Gary Cherone (Extreme), Roger Daltrey (The Who), Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Lisa Stansfield and Paul Young and the concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith.
Those who saw the impact of HIV/AIDS first-hand also provide insight, such as medical practitioners, survivors and human rights campaigners, including Peter Tatchell.
At its core, Freddie Mercury: The Final Act is about friendship, love and the fight against prejudice, celebrating one of the world’s greatest musical performers.
Speaking in the programme Brian May commented: “Freddie opened up his heart and gave it everything he had. He was a musician through and through and through. He lived for his music. He loved his music, and he was proud of himself as a musician above everything else.”
BBC Two will also show Queen at the BBC in November, which is a one-hour special featuring some of the band’s greatest musical moments that have been shown on the BBC.