The English Game

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The English Game
GenreHistorical drama
Created by
Written by
  • Julian Fellowes
  • Tony Charles
  • Oliver Cotton
  • Ben Vanstone
  • Gabbie Asher
  • Sam Hoare
  • Geoff Bussetil
Directed by
Starring
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Rhonda Smith
Production location(s)England
Running time43–55 minutes
Production company(s)42
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original release20 March 2020
External links
Official website

The English Game is a historical sports drama television miniseries developed by Julian Fellowes for Netflix about the origins of modern football in England. The six-part series was released on 20 March 2020.[1]

Premise[edit]

The series follows Etonians and factory workers reaching across the class divide to establish the world's most popular sport.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Episode 1"Birgitte StærmoseJulian Fellowes, Tony Charles, Oliver Cotton & Ben Vanstone20 March 2020 (2020-03-20)
Arthur Kinnaird is captain and star player of the Old Etonians, an upper class football team. Their opponents in the 1879 FA Cup Quarter finals is Darwen FC, a working class factory team. James Walsh, the owner of Darwen FC and the associated mill decides to secretly pay two Scottish players, Fergus "Fergie" Suter and James "Jimmy" Love to join his team in a bid to secure the FA Cup (which at the time is exclusively for amateurs). At halftime the Old Etonians lead 5-1, however Darwen recovers with a progressive adjustment (spreading out their formation and focusing on passing) to draw 5 all. The Old Etonians, who also happen to be FA Board members, decide that since extra time was not previously agreed to then the Quarterfinal will be replayed instead. The mill has financial issues and townsfolk pitch in to help pay for the trip. The replay is handily won by Old Etonians but Darwen FC is greeted positively for their efforts by the town.
2"Episode 2"Birgitte StærmoseJulian Fellowes & Ben Vanstone20 March 2020 (2020-03-20)
3"Episode 3"Birgitte StærmoseJulian Fellowes & Gabbie Asher20 March 2020 (2020-03-20)
4"Episode 4"Tim FywellJulian Fellowes & Sam Hoare20 March 2020 (2020-03-20)
5"Episode 5"Tim FywellJulian Fellowes & Geoff Bussetil20 March 2020 (2020-03-20)
6"Episode 6"Tim FywellJulian Fellowes & Ben Vanstone20 March 2020 (2020-03-20)

Production[edit]

In April 2018, it was announced Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes would write and executive produce his first Netflix series.[2] Birgitte Stærmose and Tim Fywell are directing, Rory Aitken, Eleanor Moran and Ben Pugh of 42 are executive producing, and Ben Vanstone is co-executive producing.[3]

The cast was announced in May 2019 as production began in England.[3]

The first season epilogue reads: "In 1885 the FA changed their rules to allow professional players. An amateur team never won the FA Cup again. Arthur Kinnaird became President of the FA, serving 33 years until his death in 1923. Fergus Suter and Jimmy Love are recognized as pioneers of the modern game, which now has over four billion fans across the world."[4]

Release[edit]

A trailer was released on 5 March 2020.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "When is The English Game out on Netflix? What's it about? Who is in the cast?". Radio Times. 7 March 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  2. ^ Anderson, Ariston (18 April 2018). "'Downton Abbey' Creator Julian Fellowes Teams With Netflix for 'The English Game'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b White, Peter (3 May 2019). "Production Kicks Off For Julian Fellowes' Netflix Soccer Drama 'The English Game' With Cast Including 'Kingsman's Edward Holcroft". Deadline. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Molli (22 March 2020). "The English Game". Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  5. ^ Hallemann, Caroline (7 March 2020). "Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes Is Working on a New Show Called The English Game". Town and Country Magazine. Retrieved 7 March 2020.

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