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Published on April 21st, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

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Tennant is United

As we found out a fair few months ago, one of David Tennant’s latest acting roles is that of football team coach Jimmy Murphy who was part of the tragic events that saw Manchester United’s famous “Busby Babes” team lose eight of their members in a 1958 plane crash.

Work is now complete on United with Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible 2) as manager Matt Busby and most of it was in the can before December 2010.

Here’s a clip from December 2010 in which David discusses the film with regional BBC show, North West Tonight:

Due to the poor weather conditions in December of last year, the filming of the lads actually playing football was something that had to wait until more recently. Director James Strong, who has directed numerous Doctor Who episodes with Tennant in the last five years including Voyage of the Damned, remarked:

“Unfortunately we picked the worst winter in living memory so we didn’t manage to shoot any football stuff…there was literally snow on every single pitch.”

The film, written by Chris Chibnall (The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood) and due to air on BBC Two this month, is set to be a harrowing and heartbreaking tale that tells the story of the ill fated football team and the events that led to their tragic losses. It’s something that David Tennant himself feels is long overdue as he commented:

“It’s extraordinary that the story hasn’t been dramatised before. There’s never been a straightforward film or TV drama about this extraordinary dramatic story and it’s long overdue.”

United will be shown on BBC Two on Easter Sunday, 24th April at 2100.

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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!




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