Tennant Starts Filming Utd Drama

David Tennant got a worms eye view of Carlisle United’s Brunton Park as he and the stars of the BBC’s hotly anticipated new drama United left the tunnel and began filming.

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 by Jack O’ Connell (Skins, This is England) while legendary manager Matt Busby, played by Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II, Enigma)  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:

“We thought David Tennant wouldn’t speak to us but he talked about Doctor Who and other stuff he has done. I don’t get starstruck often but it’s not every day you are set opposite a Time Lord. He said he was not much of a football fan but he’s from Paisley and said he looks out for St Mirren’s scores.”

And it seems that its not too much of a stretch to imagine the ground as the Theatre of Dreams circa 1958:

“It 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 didn’t have to do much to the ground at all.”

Written by Who scribe 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)

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