Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Spice Girls Have Given Me Everything; Geordie Director Bob on Filming the Fab Five

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Spice Girls Have Given Me Everything; Geordie Director Bob on Filming the Fab Five

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Byline: By LIZ WALKER

AWARD-WINNING Geordie documentary maker Bob Smeaton is definitely smitten after his latest project spiced up his life.

Tonight the world's most famous all-girl group the Spice Girls will tell all for the first time in a documentary charting the highs and lows of their pop careers, from the band's rise to global stardom through to the splits and recent reunion.

And the man they chose to film their story is Newcastle-born Bob Smeaton, a one-time welder, now best known for his Grammy Award-wining Beatles Anthology series and Jimi Hendrix documentary, and who counts Elton John and Ringo Star amongst his pals.

"I'm used to working with hairy rockers," said Bob, 44. "But on this project I found myself sitting in front of five beautiful women. It was slightly terrifying, but fantastic!"

Although much has been said about the feisty five who unleased Girl Power onto the pop world in 1996 with their hit single "Wannabe", this is the first time that the girls have told their own story and revealed the truth about their careers.

Bob, a former welder who grew up in Newcastle's West End, said: "The first time I met them was at the hotel where they were all meeting up again for the first time since the split.

"First Geri came in and then Sporty arrived. It was quite nerve-wracking but exciting, as they hadn't all been together for such a long time that no one knew how everyone was going to react. But they were all hugging and laughing, it was brilliant."

The documentary - Giving You Everything - follows Posh, Ginger, Sporty, Scary and Baby spice, now all in their 30s, through rehearsals to their first reunion performance ahead of their sell-out world tour.

Bob said: "At the first rehearsal I never thought they would be able to pull it all together in such the short time they had. …

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