ITV has given the green-light to Tina & Bobby, a three-part Tina and Bobby Moore drama from EastEnders scribe Lauren Klee and ITV Studios, TVWise has learned.
Tina & Bobby tells the story of Bobby Moore’s life with his childhood sweetheart, Tina Dean, from their humble beginnings to the dizzy heights of superstardom after the World Cup game in 1966.
Michelle Keegan (Ordinary Lies) plays Tina, while Lorne MacFadyen (Granchester) has been cast as Bobby. Rounding out the cast is Patsy Kensit (Holby City, Emmerdale) who will play Tina’s mother Betty; and David Bamber (Midsomer Murders, What Remains) who takes on the role of England Manager Alf Ramsey.
The three-part drama, which was commissioned by ITV’s Victoria Fea, was penned by Lauren Klee and is based on Tina Moore’s memoir, Bobby Moore: By The Person Who Knew Him Best. ITV Studios is producing, with Spencer Campbell serving as the series producer. ITV Studios Creative Director Kieron Roberts is the executive producer, while Life On Mars helmer John McKay is attached to direct. Production gets underway next month for a 2017 premiere.
“Most people will know the story of Bobby Moore’s achievements as captain of club and country – the only Englishman ever to lift the football World Cup”, said Executive Producer Kieran Roberts. “Far fewer will know the story of his life with Tina – a love story every bit as dramatic and epic as Bobby’s exploits on the pitch. We are delighted to be dramatising Tina and Bobby’s amazing story for ITV and, in Michelle and Lorne, we think we have the perfect casting of the ‘golden’ couple and we are thrilled.”