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Frankie Goes To Russia

BBC Two factual show presented by Frankie Boyle. 2 episodes (1 series) in 2018. Features Frankie Boyle.

Series 1, Episode 2

Frankie goes in search of ordinary Russian football fans to find out if the game means as much to them as it does to him.

Further details

In this episode, Celtic fan Frankie goes in search of ordinary Russian football fans to find out if the game means as much to them as it does to him. He gets invited to watch a match in the corporate box of a wealthy Spartak Moscow fan, and despairs of the soullessness of corporate hospitality. Spartak is proud of its proletarian roots. Created by the trade union organisation in 1922, it became known as the people's team, although since it was taken over by a billionaire, its fortunes have been on the wane.

With money flooding into the game of football across the world, Frankie discovers that in Russia, it is not just the premiership footballers who are cashing in. In the middle of Moscow's high-rise tower blocks, Frankie meets the street footballers who are selling their skills to the highest bidders, earning massive advertising endorsements. Heading out of the capital to the small industrial town of Shatura, Frankie is delighted to meet Celtic's biggest supporter, a Russian power station worker who loves the Scottish team so much he changed his name to Denis McGoalach and formed his own Celtic team. Frankie can't resist the invitation to join the Celtic Shatura team, realising those childhood dreams of playing in the green-and-white hoops.

Frankie travels to Russia's most hardcore town to play an unusual game of football with a team who play the game at high speed on motorbikes. Thankfully their post-match antics only involve being whipped with twigs in a sauna. Frankie then goes to St Petersburg, which is hosting one of the World Cup semi-final matches, to meet Russia's leading football historian and biggest collector of football paraphernalia, where he discovers that football arrived in Russia 120 years ago via the Scots. Before he leaves, Frankie wants to see where the England team and many fans will be staying during the tournament, so he heads to a small seaside town called Repino on the outskirts of St Petersburg. Some people are saying that the facilities in Repino aren't good enough for the World Cup. On the bright side for England, it is a World Cup, so at least they won't have to stay there for very long.

Broadcast details

Date
Sunday 10th June 2018
Time
9pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
60 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Frankie Boyle Host / Presenter
    Writing team
    Frankie Boyle Writer
    Charlie Skelton Script Editor
    Aiden Spackman Script Editor
    Production team
    Jenny Dames Director
    Jenny Dames Series Producer
    Bernie Kay Executive Producer
    Russell Crockett Editor
    Jake Martin Editor
    Leigh Brzeski Editor
    Marc Davies Editor

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