Meet foot­ball’s orig­i­nal golden cou­ple

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Television -

When Eng­land won the World Cup in July 1966, skip­per Bobby Moore be­came a na­tional hero.

Swept up by the me­dia frenzy and the na­tion’s ado­ra­tion, he and wife Tina were foot­ball’ s orig­i­nal‘ golden’ cou­ple.

This new three-part drama (Tina and Bobby, ITV, 9pm, Fri­day) tells 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.

Based on Tina Moore’s mem­oir, Bobby Moore: By The Per­son Who Knew Him Best, it was writ­ten by Lau­ren Klee.

It 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”.

Cool­ness per­son­i­fied, with hand­some film-star looks, Bobby was only 17 him­self and, though an ex­cit­ing emerg­ing tal­ent, had yet to make a first-team ap­pear­ance for West Ham United.

Tina was to marry Bobby on 30 June 1962 and find­ing her feet in this new glam­ourous world, she and Bobby were ex­cited about the fu­ture andthe new home they were set­ting up to­gether.

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 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 is his- tory.

Eng­land’s vic­tory made Bobby and Tina na­tional celebri­ties and they ex­pe­ri­enced amaz­ing per­sonal 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.

De­spite the Moores’ links to Es­sex and Lon­don, the se­ries was filmed in Manch­ester over the course of last sum­mer, while the iconic scene in which Bobby lifts the Jules Rimet tro­phy at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium was ac­tu­ally shot at Head­in­g­ley in Leeds.

Tak­ing on the daunt­ingly charis­matic role of Bobby is Scot­tish ac­tor Lorne MacFadyen, best known for his role as Phil Wilkin­son in Grantch­ester.

Fol­low­ing her de­par­ture from Coro­na­tion Street in 2014 and her work on hit BBC drama Our Girl, Michelle Kee­gan plays Tina.

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