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Sophie Goodall

Tom Daley's BBC documentary 'scrapped under mysterious circumstances'

A BBC documentary about Tom Daley and his partner Dustin Lance Black’s experience with surrogacy has been scrapped, under mysterious circumstances.

The show, which was announced in 2018, was set to focus on the Olympian’s experiences of starting a family with his husband.

However, Tom claimed that he didn’t have time to complete the show due to his commitments to his diving career.

Around that time, he was training for the 2021 Olympics, where he went on to win Gold. It was in 2018 that the couple had their son, Robbie, who was born via a surrogate.

Since then, there has been no update on Tom’s planned documentary.

Tom and Dustin announced the documentary in 2018 (Internet Unknown)

A TV insider said: “There’s been some scratching of heads among observers as it was strange to unveil plans only for them to be shelved.

“Tom would have had some idea what is involved in making a documentary and training. After all, he has competed at the Games in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

"But producers understood there was a time limit in which the documentary could be made.”

The couple welcomed their son, Robbie, in 2018 (dlanceblack/Instagram)

The Olympian made two documentaries previously for BBC1, including Tom Daley: Illegal To Be Me and Tom Daley’s Hell Of A Homecoming, which both aired in 2022.

However, there is no mention of a third documentary set to be released, despite Tom and Dustin being in the press recently. The latter was involved in an altercation in a London bar, which led to the police being called.

In Tom’s unreleased documentary, he was set to tackle the issue of the law that surrounded surrogacy in the UK at the time of creation.

Dustin was recently involved in an altercation (dlanceblack/Instagram)

A BBC spokeswoman said: “Due to Tom’s sporting commitments in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics, he was unable to film.

"Given the topicality of the subject and its exploration of the arguments for and against a change in the law, he agreed with the BBC it would have been impossible to complete the film in a satisfactory way that would have accurately reflected the situation at the time.”

The BBC and Tom Daley have been contacted for comment.

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