The richest man in the world is the subject of a new documentary series commissioned by the BBC.
“The Elon Musk Show” (working title) will speak to the South African billionaire’s friends, family members and business associates as well as including archive footage from Musk’s ascent through Silicon Valley to paint an intimate portrait of the tech tycoon. Marian Mohamed and Jeremy Llewellyn Jones will direct.
The three-part series, from 72 Films (“Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty”), is set to air on BBC 2 later this year and promises to “get to the heart of who Elon Musk really is.”
Musk, who counts PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX among the companies he has built, recently launched a controversial bid to buy social media site Twitter. He has been married three times including twice to “St Trinian’s” actor Talulah Riley. Musk has five sons from his first marriage, to author Justine Wilson, and two children with musician Grimes.
BBC commissioning editor Simon Young said: “Elon Musk is one of the most enigmatic and intriguing people in the world. Exploring his roots and the way he has revolutionised fields as diverse as space exploration, the internet and green tech will shed new light on how we got to now.”
The series was commissioned by Clare Sillery, head of commissioning for documentaries, history and religion. David Glover, Mark Raphael and Christopher Sykes will executive produce.