UKTV’s Dave channel has ordered three football specials, which are set to celebrate the recent history of the England international football team. The trio of specials, produced by EVR and Pitch Productions, will air on Dave this May, ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
The three specials that Dave has ordered are England’s Top 19 Footy Heroes, England’s Top 53 Footy Goals and England’s Top 39 Footy Gaffes. They will feature clips and highlights of a number of previous world cup and will star a number of football legends, sports pundits and comedians such as Gary Linekar, Alex Brooker, Tom Rosenthal, Phil Cornwell, Adrian Chiles, Ian Wright, Lee Dixon, Jim Rosenthal, Michael Vaughan and Didi Hamann. The specials are being written by Paul Hawksbee and will be voiced by Jason Manford.
“Offering our viewers a look back at some of England’s footballing highlights and downfalls seems like a natural fit for them and Dave”, said Steve North, General Manger of Dave. “It’s a great opportunity for the channel to bring some of the top names in comedy and sports together and create a buzz ahead of the World Cup in the summer.”
Iain Coyle, UKTV’s Commissioning Editor and Executive Producer, commented: “This rich mix of talking heads and brilliant clips met with sporting heroes and comedians will be a great build up to the World Cup and remind audiences why we all bask in the love/hate relationship with the England football team.”
While Tony Pastor, Head of EVR, added: “The team at Dave really love their football, and it’s brilliant that they’ve enabled us to bring together the best collection of modern-day England action ever assembled. I think people will be really surprised to see so much of the most memorable stuff, from Beckham’s stunning free-kick against Greece to Michael Owen’s astonishing goal at World Cup 98. It’s an absolute treat to be producing shows about the England football team, everyone wants to talk about their heroes and where they were when Gazza cried.”