Published on December 7th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds
Tennant Starts Filming Utd Drama
United tells the story of the Busby’s Babes- the youngest ever Manchester United side to win the football league who were ripped apart after a tragic air-crash in Munich claimed eight of the side in 1958.
Tennant plays coach Jimmy Murphy, who wasn’t involved in the accident but was a key figure in rebuilding the side which included Bobby Charlton, played byÂ Jack O’ Connell (Skins, This is England) while legendary manager Matt Busby, played by Dougray Scott (Mission: ImpossibleÂ II, Enigma) Â recovered from his injuries.
Carlisle’s Brunton Park doubled for the Old Trafford of the 50′s and many of the ground staff were left a little starstruck; particularly with the former Doctor himself.
Carlisle United’s media officer Andy Hall said:
â€œWe thought David Tennant wouldnâ€™t speak to us but he talked about Doctor Who and other stuff he has done. I donâ€™t get starstruck often but itâ€™s not every day you are set opposite a Time Lord. He said he was not much of a football fan but heâ€™s from Paisley and said he looks out for St Mirrenâ€™s scores.â€
And it seems that its not too much of a stretch to imagine the ground as the Theatre of Dreams circa 1958:
â€œIt amazed us how they did it. They basically green-screened everything and they are going to CGI it. That will allow them to replicate the background of Old Trafford with the wooden seats and barriers in place.
There was a couple of wooden boards put up and some pathway put onto the pitch but they didnâ€™t have to do much to the ground at all.â€
Written by WhoÂ scribeÂ Chris Chibnall (42, The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood) and directed by James Strong (Planet of the Dead, Partners of Crime) United will air in the new year.
(via News & Star)