Christmas Documentary Chronicles the Story of the Pogues’ Shane MacGowan Getting New Teeth

Sky Arts has commissioned a documentary about The Pogues‘ frontman Shane MacGowan to air over the Christmas period.

Zodiak Media-owned production company Bookhouse is creating ‘Shane MacGowan: A Wreck Reborn’, an hour-long documentary about the singer.

Billed as an ‘op-doc’, it will focus on the toothless MacGowan as he undergoes dental treatment to receive a full set of dentures. It will be intercut with contributes from famous friends and fans.

Creative director Ian Lamarra said, “Shane is one of the great songwriters ever produced in Great Britain and Ireland, and we want this film to reflect that. It’s got a great PR-able new angle on the Shane MacGowan story and it will leap out of the Christmas schedule.”

Earlier this year MacGowan was taken to hospital after reportedly breaking his pelvis while dancing.

The Irish Mirror reported that MacGowan was rushed to hospital on August 25, with the singer’s partner Victoria Mary Clarke confirming the news via social media.

She tweeted, “Just to say thanks to everyone who sent messages to #shanemacgowan he is grateful! Cranky, but recovering! Fell and broke his pelvis” – before revealing to one fan that MacGowan suffered the injury “doing a complicated dance move”.

Clarke later took to Facebook to write, “So many lovely messages for Shane on Facebook!!! He is really moved and is feeling a whole lot better already, thanks to everyone thinking about him! xxxxxxxxx”

The news followed that of MacGowan joining The Libertines onstage in Dublin during July, also allegedly falling asleep during the band’s performance.

MacGowan made a cameo appearance at the 3 Arena in the Irish capital on July 9 just before an encore of ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’, ‘Up The Bracket’, ‘What A Waster’ and ‘I Get Along’.

The Pogues frontman took to the mic to declare his support for the four-piece. He later joined the band onstage at the end of the show for a group hug. Earlier in the set, Pete Doherty joked that he didn’t think MacGowan was enjoying the show.

“I was so thrilled to hear earlier in the day that Shane MacGowan was coming down to watch us, but I just looked over at him and he looked to have fallen asleep,” Doherty told the crowd. “Shane MacGowan came to see The Libertines and fell asleep!”

Larry Bartleet, Source: NME Nov 2015