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TV to air 999 call from Barrymore's home over pool death

The 999 call reporting the death of a man found in a swimming pool at entertainer Michael Barrymore's house is to be broadcast for the first time in a new Channel 4 documentary.

The call will be aired in a 90-minute programme exploring the full story behind the high-profile unexplained death of 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock, told by the people closest to the case.

Stuart Lubbock Credit: PA Images

Barrymore was one of the best-known TV presenters in the UK when the body of Mr Lubbock was found at his then home in Roydon, near Harlow Essex, in 2001 after a party.

Six years later, the star was arrested in connection with the death and he was released without charge before withdrawing from public life.

The Channel 4 programme, which has the working title Unexplained, has been 18 months in the making and features never-before-seen material from inside the unsolved Essex Police case.

The documentary will include the call to the emergency services from Barrymore's home alerting them that Mr Lubbock's body had been found in the swimming pool.

The programme will piece together the perspectives of the Lubbock family, as well as those of the detectives, forensic pathologists and eyewitnesses to explore what happened that night at Barrymore's Essex bungalow, and the events that followed.

Mr Lubbock's father, Terry, said:

"This documentary is about the questions around what happened to my son, Stuart Lubbock. Finally. The story has become so distorted and confused over the years. So much has been said and written. It's time to put all the facts together in one place."

– Terry Lubbock

Barrymore last year spoke out about the death of Mr Lubbock, telling Piers Morgan's ITV show Life Stories that he "couldn't be more sorry" for his behaviour that night, and that he is "100% innocent".