Thursday 23 May 2013
United is based on the true story of Manchester United's legendary "Busby Babes", the youngest side ever to win the Football League; the 1958 Munich Air Crash that claimed eight of their number; and the extraordinary spirit of a city that rebuilt the team in the wake of the disaster.
David Tennant stars as coach Jimmy Murphy, alongside Jack O'Connell (Skins, Dive) as Bobby Charlton and Sam Claflin (Pirates Of The Caribbean, Any Human Heart) as star player Duncan Edwards. Manager Matt Busby is played by Dougray Scott. The film draws on first-hand interviews with the survivors and their families to tell the inspirational story of a team and community overcoming terrible tragedy.
The Munich Air Crash killed 23 of the 43 passengers onboard, including supporters, journalists and embassy staff.
United was shot in November and December 2010 in and around the north of England. Written by Chris Chibnall (Law & Order: UK, Camelot) and directed by James Strong (Doctor Who, Hustle), the film is produced by Julia Stannard (The History Boys, The Awakening) and executive produced by World Productions Simon Heath (Larkin: Love Again, Hancock & Joan) and Polly Hill for the BBC. It was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning and Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two.
United is one of a series of new dramas that will reflect the major new investment for drama on BBC Two. 2011 marks the rebirth of drama on the channel with a range of truly original pieces that all signal this confident new direction.
United is backed by Lip Sync Productions, Content Films, BBC North and the BBC.