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Mike Bassett: England Manager. Mike Bassett (Ricky Tomlinson). Copyright: Artists Independent Films.

Mike Bassett: England Manager

2001 British comedy film about football. Stars Ricky Tomlinson, Amanda Redman, Philip Jackson, Bradley Walsh, Phill Jupitus and others.

Mike Bassett: England Manager. Mike Bassett (Ricky Tomlinson). Copyright: Artists Independent Films.

Mike Bassett: England Manager

Mockumentary starring Ricky Tomlinson as hapless England football manager Mike Bassett

Genre
Film
Released
2001
Starring
Ricky Tomlinson, Amanda Redman, Philip Jackson, Bradley Walsh, Phill Jupitus, Ulrich Thomsen, Robert Putt, Dean Lennox Kelly and others
Writers
Rob Sprackling and John R. Smith
Director
Steve Barron
Producers
Neil Peplow, Steve Barron, Robert Halmi Sr., Robert Jones, Nigel Green, Luc Roeg and Charles Finch

The manager of England's national football team unexpectedly succumbs to a heart attack, and the search is on for a replacement.

Most people who seem qualified for the position have the good sense to turn it down, and so the responsibility falls to Mike Bassett, a scruffy and loud-mouthed lout whose sole claim to football fame is - after a long and unremarkable playing career - having recently lead a previously undistinguished team to a league championship.

Bassett sets about training the team, bringing in some wildcard call-ups from the depths of his club management career: hopes are high, but when they only qualify for the upcoming World Cup in Rio de Janeiro by fluke, the nation's prospects don't seem quite so good.

As they battle on through losses against the most unlikely of small-fry nations, tensions grow and Bassett comes under increasing criticism at home - and ridicule abroad - for his antiquated tactics, the players' poor discipline, and a series of embarrassing debacles.

Production Details

Tagline
He Knows F.A. About Football; The ever changing face of football has a got new mug...
UK certificate
15
Duration
89 minutes
Release date
Friday 28th September 2001
Premiere
Wednesday 26th September 2001
Production company
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Tuesday 2nd June 2020 at 12:00am on ITV4

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