Netflix announces new six-part series with an impressive cast that sounds like a must-watch for sports fans 1 month ago

Netflix announces new six-part series with an impressive cast that sounds like a must-watch for sports fans

From the creator of Downton Abbey, featuring stars from some of the biggest UK TV shows of recent years.

Netflix has catered for fans of the sports documentary genre with a wide range of options in recent years – Last Chance U, Sunderland 'Til I Die and 2019’s Formula One: Drive to Survive being standout examples – and there’s another one on the way soon that will definitely whet the appetite.

The streaming service has revealed that production has commenced on a new series titled The English Game, which charts the origins of football and how those involved in its creation reached across the class divide to establish the game as the world's most popular sport.

Written and executive produced by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, a fairly stellar cast will feature the stars of some of the biggest and most critically-acclaimed UK TV shows of recent years, such as Game of Thrones, Line of Duty, Shameless, Downton Abbey, The Inbetweeners and Peaky Blinders.

Edward Holcroft (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) is slated for a leading role, while Charlotte Hope (The Spanish Princess, Les Misérables, Game of Thrones), Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Watership Down), and our own Sam Keeley (Anthropoid) and Niamh Walsh (Jamestown, Jekyll & Hyde) are amongst a long list of names attached to the project.

The series is directed by Birgitte Stærmose (The Spanish Princess, Darling) and Tim Fywell (Happy Valley, Grantchester) and produced by Rhonda Smith (Fresh Meat, Traitors).

The English Game is currently shooting in the UK and will launch on Netflix in 2020; if you're a fan of football, sport or good drama in general, add it to your watch list.