Boris Becker’s first TV interview about his time in prison cost £425,000 FLOP

Jailbird Boris Becker’s TV interview was a £425,000 flop – MailOnline can reveal as more and more people tuned in to the German version of The Bidding Room.

Becker, 55, signed an exclusive deal with broadcaster Sat 1 to give him and his family access to the two and a half hour chat, which was broadcast live Tuesday night.

But despite TV bosses’ hopes for record ratings, it turned out to be a dismal performance with just 1.5 million viewers (5.8% viewers) – some 200,000 more than Navy CIS, which normally airs in the same slot.

The strongest TV performance of the evening came from a show on rival channel ZDF entitled Bares Fur Rares – Germany’s equivalent of BBC’s top-rated show The Bidding Room, hosted by BAFTA-nominated actor Nigel Havers.

Boris Becker's TV interview was a £425,000 flop - as more and more people opted to tune in to the German version of The Bidding Room. Pictured: Becker during the interview that aired Tuesday night

Boris Becker's TV interview was a £425,000 flop - as more and more people opted to tune in to the German version of The Bidding Room. Pictured: Becker during the interview that aired Tuesday night

Boris Becker’s TV interview was a £425,000 flop – as more and more people opted to tune in to the German version of The Bidding Room. Pictured: Becker during the interview that aired Tuesday night

Three times as many people – just under 4.5 million (15.2% viewers) – preferred to watch that compared to three-time Wimbledon ace Becker, who revealed how inmates twice threatened to kill him while he is serving his prison sentence.

On the show, host Horst Lichter – who sports an impressive handlebar mustache – captivated viewers when they saw a top offer of £12,000 for a gold Lego brick they had kept from a man for more than 40 years after being given to his father in 1981 for 25 years with the toy company.

A German TV insider said: “The numbers are a little disappointing and we would have hoped for more, but it’s also Christmas so people are out and enjoying themselves. Hopefully repeat offenders will get a bigger share and the international market will be interested too.’

Becker signed an exclusive deal with broadcaster Sat 1 to see him and his family for the two and a half hour chat, which was broadcast live Tuesday night

Becker signed an exclusive deal with broadcaster Sat 1 to see him and his family for the two and a half hour chat, which was broadcast live Tuesday night

Becker signed an exclusive deal with broadcaster Sat 1 to see him and his family for the two and a half hour chat, which was broadcast live Tuesday night

Viewers also hit back at Sat1 via his online platform, saying: “He compared prison to being in a war zone. Please. He has no sympathy from me,” while another stormed, “Boris has great acting talent and it’s clear he hasn’t learned anything. He’s a narcissist and I have no sympathy.’

Others slammed him for turning on the waterworks multiple times during the show, one viewer said: “Tears? For real? Boris is just as stupid as he was before he went to prison, but now he thinks he’s a philosopher.”

While a harsh editorial in the respected Leipziger Volkszeitung said: “The lengthy TV interview was a challenge for viewers. On the one hand, because Boris Becker is not a good storyteller. On the other hand, because its over-dramatization is too obvious from the outset.

“An accusation that Boris Becker has repeatedly been made public in recent years is that he has lost touch with reality. Now he is cleansed and humbled – words he uses himself. But little is felt in the conversation. He says he experienced hunger for the first time in his life. Yes, he probably went to bed hungry. But he got a meal twice a day – unlike people who are actually starving.”

MailOnline can reveal that the interview – which was also recorded in English during a marathon 12-hour session in a Munich TV studio – is being touted by UK broadcasters with a staggering £500,000 price tag.

But when MailOnline contacted the main UK television companies, no one replied asking if they were interested in buying the programme.

In the interview, Becker said the inmates tried to kill him for his money and also to have him do his laundry while he was originally at HMP Wandsworth before he was transferred to the lower Huntercombe category.

Becker was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in April because he had concealed assets worth millions during his bankruptcy proceedings.

He said that prison reformed him and made him a better person as he revealed he had lost almost 7kg in weight, adding: “Prison was good for my health, there was no alcohol except homemade liquor .”

Becker also described how he felt stripped of his celebrity status, saying, “In prison you’re nobody. They are just a number and mine was A2923EV. I wasn’t called Boris and nobody cares who you are.’

A spokesman for Sat 1 told MailOnline: “The interview with Boris Becker made Sat 1 the talk of the nation – and achieved a net reach (some switched on briefly, then switched) of 5.2 million viewers, that’s what we wanted to achieve reach. That’s why Sat 1 is very satisfied.”

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