BBC1 scores David Beckham documentary

The UK pubcaster has ordered David Beckham: For the Love of the Game (pictured) from London-based prodco Big Earth Productions.
October 26, 2015

UK pubcaster BBC1 has ordered David Beckham: For the Love of the Game (pictured) from London-based prodco Big Earth Productions.

The 90-minute film will follow iconic British footballer David Beckham as he sets foot in all seven continents in a bid to find the sport’s global appeal before engaging in seven separate matches of soccer with local communities.

Off the pitch, Beckham will explore the stories of those struggling to make ends meet, as well as individuals living out their dreams of playing in the big leagues. The film will culminate at Old Trafford, the stomping ground of Beckham’s former club, Manchester United, where he’ll bid farewell to the game alongside a host of footballing legends.

Journeying alongside his travel companion and childhood friend Dave Gardner, the pair will visit such countries as Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Argentina, Djibouti, the U.S. and Antarctica.

The commission marks the second film for the BBC from the British footballer, with BBC Worldwide distributing last year’s David Beckham: Into the Unknown to more than 165 countries.

The film was commissioned for the BBC by Charlotte Moore, controller of BBC1, and Maxine Watson, commissioning editor of documentaries. BBC Worldwide will distribute the documentary internationally.

“Whether as a player or out in the field for UNICEF and other charitable partners, I have seen the transformational effect that sport, and in particular football, has on people’s lives,” Beckham said in a statement. “This epic journey will allow me to show the positive side of the game I love and shine a light on the passion and selflessness of people that play this sport as a force for good.”

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