Surviving R Kelly documentary: UK airing date, time, channel and episodes

A six part series, Surviving R Kelly, made for America’s Lifetime network, addresses serious allegations of abuse made against singer R Kelly , all of which he denies.

For many years the star has been surrounded by rumours of his inappropriate sexual, physical and mental conduct towards women and girls, some underage.

The documentary, which first started airing in the US in January 2019, features interviews with those who know him, including his ex wife and girlfriends and family members.

Testimonies from his alleged victims are also included, as well as interviews with singer John Legend and other music industry insiders.

Here’s what you need to know about the documentary and how to watch it.

How to watch Surviving R Kelly in the UK

Surviving R Kelly will be available to watch here in the UK from Tuesday February 5 at 10pm on Crime + Investigation.

It will air for six weeks every Tuesday.

BBC Three also aired a documentary on BBC One in April 2018 called R Kelly: Sex, Girls and Videotapes. That is still available to watch on the iPlayer .

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The documentary follows R Kelly’s career in chronological order, starting with his rise to fame as an R&B icon and his early relationships with young singers and dancers.

It touches on his controversial relationship with fellow R&B singer Aaliyah , who was 15 at the time of their alleged marriage. She was tragically killed in 2001 in a plane crash at the age of 22.

His second, now ex wife, Andrea Kelly, and other ex girlfriends are also interviewed.

There are over 50 interviews in the documentary, including with former DJ and chat show host Wendy Williams, civil rights activist and founder of the MeToo movement, Tarana Burke and singer John Legend, who has been open in speaking out against R Kelly.

John said of his involvement: "To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all. I believe these women and don’t give a f**k about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision."

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His brothers, Carey and Bruce Kelly, who is currently in prison where he speaks from, also feature.

Bruce seemingly defends his brother when he says: "Everyone has preferences. So what is the big deal? What is the big issue with my brother?”

"Me and my brothers, we all have our ways with our girls.

“We’re very jealous guys. We don’t want our girls doing certain things, [you’re] not going to see our girls talking too much to people, that’s just the way we are.”

There are also details of the many lawsuits against the singer and in particular his trial in Chicago on multiple counts of child pornography for his alleged participation in a sex tape with a minor.

He was eventually found not guilty on all counts due to lack of evidence of the girl’s age.

Surviving R Kelly documentary: UK airing date, time, channel and episodes

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Parents of girls in his camp or "sex cult" as it’s been dubbed speak out about his alleged imprisonment of them and one mother gets her daughter back.

The documentary ends at the present day, with the MeToo movement and women’s groups and other public figures speaking out against him.

R Kelly has always denied all accusations against him and his lawyer threatened legal action against the makers of surviving R Kelly should they decide to air the series.

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