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BBC1 scores exclusive Rashford doc

BBC1 in the UK will air an exclusive documentary focusing on the child food poverty campaign undertaken by England international footballer Marcus Rashford MBE.

Marcus Rashford

The as-yet-untitled 60-minute access doc follows Rashford’s journey to raise national awareness of the effects of child food poverty in the UK and will air on December 21.

The BBC cameras accompany the footballer on his journey to better understand the true effects of child food poverty on millions of children across the UK today and how the Covid-19 pandemic have contributed to the issue.

Rashford, who has spoken publicly about his experiences of going without food as a child and the sacrifices his family had to make, will also be honoured at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year with a special award on December 20 in recognition of his exceptional impact outside of his sport.

The documentary was commissioned by Clare Sillery, BBC head of commissioning for documentaries, history and religion, and Charlotte Moore, BBC chief content officer. It will be produced in partnership by BBC Sport and BBC Breakfast.

The executive producers are Carl Doran, commissioning and development editor, BBC Sport; Richard Frediani, editor, BBC Breakfast; and Shona Thompson, BBC Studios. The programme is being produced and directed by Jo McCusker, Colin Stone and Claire Ryan.

Sillery said: “Everyone will be familiar with the Marcus Rashford we see on the pitch but this documentary will offer a deeper insight into the man himself. Through our access we hope viewers will get to see just how passionate and determined he is about tackling child food poverty in Britain today.”

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