Phil Lynott: New documentary on 'extraordinary' life of Thin Lizzy frontman to air on Irish TV tonight

Phil Lynott: New documentary on 'extraordinary' life of Thin Lizzy frontman to air on Irish TV tonight

THIS IS an absolute must-watch.

A new documentary exploring the life and works of Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott will air on Irish TV this evening for the very first time.

'Phil Lynott: Songs For While I'm Away' tells the full story of how the mixed-race boy from a working-class family in 1950's Dublin overcame the odds to become one of Ireland's most revered musicians.

The film, by new Irish company Break Out Pictures, was initially released in cinemas earlier this year, and will make its television debut on RTÉ this evening, days after what would have been Lynott's 72nd birthday.

The feature length documentary, which promises to "get to the heart of Philip, the father, the husband, the friend, the son, the rock icon, the poet and the dreamer", is told through the words of the Thin Lizzy star himself, connecting his words with some of the band's most iconic and recognisable songs in order to get the full picture of the man whose lyrics have resonated with generations.

From director Emer Reynolds, the documentary explores the entirety of Lynott's life, from his birth and childhood to the explosive success of Thin Lizzy, up to the singer's personal struggles and tragic death at the age of 36.

Speaking in June last year after the documentary was first announced to be hitting cinemas, director Ms Reynolds said she was "delighted" that the film would soon be released, adding "We can't wait to share it with Irish audiences and to celebrate Philip and his extraordinary life and music."

Songs for While I'm Away will air tonight at 9.35pm on RTÉ One, and will also be available on the RTÉ Player.