The Cup. Copyright: Hartswood Films Ltd
The Cup

The Cup

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 2008
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

Sitcom about the selfish and obsessive behaviour of the parents of an under-11 football team, filmed in a documentary style. Stars Steve Edge, Jennifer Hennessy, Tanya Franks, Dominic Coleman, Samantha Power and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1

Terry McConnell is desperate for his 10-year-old son, Malky, to get a trial for Bolton Wanderers - so desperate that Malky misses a training session.

Further details

The Cup. Image shows from L to R: Gordy (Henry Smith), Ranjit Kaskar (Nazim Khan), Malky McConnell (Ceallach Spellman), Ali Farrell (Haylie Jones). Copyright: Hartswood Films Ltd

As Ashburn United prepare for the league decider and the game that will qualify them for the North and Midlands' Under 11s Cup in Birmingham, joint leading scorer Malky McConnell misses a training session because his dad Terry insists he play in a trial for Bolton Wanderers' Youth team.

Malky is dropped as per Ashes rules and Terry's wife Janice, desperate for a long weekend in Birmingham to rekindle their love life, is furious. So Terry goes on a mission to have Malky reinstated, begging first rival dad Dr Kaskar and then club owner Sandra Farrell to persuade Blackley the coach to change his mind in time for the vital league decider.

Broadcast details

Thursday 21st August 2008
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Steve Edge Terry McConnell
Jennifer Hennessy Janice McConnell
Tanya Franks Sandra Farrell
Dominic Coleman Vincent Farrell
Samantha Power Debbie Rossi
Billy Geraghty Steve Robson
Pal Aron Dr. Kaskar
George Weaver Jack Rossi
Craig Cunningham Fourbellies
Ceallach Spellman Malky McConnell
Nazim Khan Ranjit Kaskar
Haylie Jones Ali Farrell
Henry Smith Gordy
Guest cast
Gordon Kane Tom Blackley
Amber Munsie Hannah McConnell
Writing team
Moray Hunter Writer
Jack Docherty Writer
Steve Edge Script Editor
Production team
Matt Lipsey Director
Sue Vertue Producer
Beryl Vertue Executive Producer
Cheryl Taylor Executive Producer
Charlie Phillips Editor
Andrea Hughes Production Designer
Willie Dowling Composer

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