Robbie Williams (2023) Season Review – An emotional cautionary tale of the price of fame

Season 1

 

 

Episodes

Episode 1: Let’s Get Wrecked
Episode 2: Nobody Someday
Episode 3: Close Encounters
Episode 4: Cut the Circuit

 

Anyone in the UK who hadn’t heard of Robbie Williams in the 1990s and early 2000s must have been living under a rock. From his stint in one of the biggest boy bands of the decade, Take That, to his stunning solo career and sold out shows at Knebworth, Robbie was the biggest selling solo artist in the UK, but as this four-part documentary reveals, fame wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. 

Robbie, now approaching 50, narrates the story of his life from under his duvet in his swanky L.A home, with regular interruptions from his young daughter, who is keen to find out what exactly her father is doing with a television crew in tow. He’s armed with his laptop, watching footage of his life, some of which he’s never seen, as he recounts the rollercoaster ride that led him to where he is now. It’s not pretty viewing at times, as he watches himself implode under the pressure of fame and the constant invasions of his privacy from nosey paparazzi. He looks back on his stints in rehab, and the birth of his solo career with hits like ‘Angels,’ ‘Rock DJ’ and many others. 

There are interesting insights into his relationship with regular collaborator, Guy Chambers, and some sweet home footage of a holiday they took together, along with a certain ginger spice girl. The first two episodes cover the early days in Take That and the rise of his solo career, but the documentary really gets into it in episode three as it covers Robbie’s legendary shows at Knebworth which were arguably the height of his career. It’s sad to see that he wasn’t particularly enjoying life behind the scenes, and things come to a crushing rock bottom as he struggles with the pressure of his tour, culminating in a panic attack during one of his sold out shows at Roundhay Park in Leeds.

Episode 4 feels a little bit rushed, as it would’ve been nice to see a bit more about his career now, but overall, the documentary is a stunning portrayal of one of pop music’s most-loved icons. Anyone who has ever seen Robbie Williams live will attest to the connection he has with his fans, and the amazing show he puts on for them. Fans were unaware of his struggles, as he was just a born entertainer who delivered regardless of what bad place he was in. Is he greatest entertainer of his generation? He’s certainly up there. 


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