The real-life story of the childhood sweethearts who would go on to become the original ‘golden’ couple of the 1960s was announced by ITV in March.
Today the broadcaster has announced that former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan and actor Lorne MacFadyen of Granchester fame will play Tina and Bobby in the three part drama series set to film in Manchester this summer. The three part series is based on Tina Moore’s memoir, Bobby Moore: By The Person Who Knew Him Best and will be produced by the ITV Studios drama team in Manchester.
Tina and Bobby, relates the story of the England and West Ham legend’s life with his childhood sweetheart, Tina Dean, from their humble beginnings to the dizzy heights of superstardom. Further casting includes former Emmerdale actress Patsy Kensit who will play Tina’s mother Betty and Midsomer Murders’ David Bamber who takes on the role of England Manager Alf Ramsey.
Written by BBC drama stalwart Lauren Klee whose work includes scripts for EastEnders, Waterloo Road and Holby City, the ITV drama is an epic love story about an ordinary girl from Essex who fell head over heels in love with an ordinary boy, who just happened to be an extraordinarily talented footballer. A typist for the Prudential, Tina first met Bobby aged 15 when she ‘played hookey from school to go to the Ilford Palais with her cousin Jenny’. Film star handsome and coolness personified, Bobby was only 17 himself and, though an exciting emerging talent, had yet to make a first team appearance. The pair were married in 1962.
As Bobby’s career flourished, Tina was happy to consider herself the first WAG, though she struggled to master life as a suburban housewife. She befriended some of her fellow WAGS – Judith Hurst, Kathy Peters and Janice Sealey – and pregnancy with their first child gave her renewed purpose.
Then in 1965 the ‘golden’ couple were dealt a devastating blow: Bobby was diagnosed with testicular cancer and faced a career threatening operation. With the World Cup around the corner it looked as if Bobby wouldn’t be able to play but, against all the odds, he fought his way back to fitness and the rest, as they say, is history.
England’s victory made Bobby and Tina national celebrities and they experienced amazing highs, including the birth of their son Dean. Their heady lifestyle did take its toll, though the marriage survived. However, when Bobby’s career waned and business ventures failed the cracks started to show and Tina began to realise that the biggest challenges were still to come…
“Most people will know the story of Bobby Moore’s achievements as captain of club and country – the only Englishman ever to lift the football World Cup. Far fewer will know the story of his life with Tina – a love story every bit as dramatic and epic as Bobby’s exploits on the pitch. We are delighted to be dramatising Tina and Bobby’s amazing story for ITV and, in Michelle and Lorne, we think we have the perfect casting of the ‘golden’ couple and we are thrilled.” – Executive Producer for ITV Studios, Kieran Roberts.
Tina and Bobby is to go into production early next month for transmission in 2017.