BBC Two has announced the coming of Finding Jack Charlton to the channel, a feature-length documentary on the last 18 months of the footballing hero’s life.
The film tells the unlikely life story of Charlton, who, after winning the World Cup for England as a player, went on to become an Irish hero after leading their national team to their first World Cup as a manager.
Such successes are told against the background of the final year of his life stricken with dementia.
Charlton’s family, including his wife Pat and son John, are among the contributors.
They are joined by many famous faces in football, music, politics and film to explore the major pillars in Charlton’s life: England, Ireland and his brother, Sir Bobby Charlton.
Never before seen archive footage and Charlton’s own hand-written notes will provide an intimate window into his personal and managerial philosophies.
Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two, said: “I am so delighted that this documentary will be coming to BBC Two. Jack Charlton was a giant of a man, a footballer of legendary achievements and a manager who helped transform a nation.
This is a very special film, giving intimate access to Jack and his family in his last year, exploring the journey and impact of his extraordinary life.”
After a cinematic release toward the end of 2020, Finding Jack Charlton will air on BBC Two in 2021.