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Best's forgotten case inspires film

Published 08/06/2015

Georeg Best deposited the case in a secure bank vault during one of his lowest moments
Georeg Best deposited the case in a secure bank vault during one of his lowest moments

The contents of a time capsule suitcase that lay gathering dust for years have inspired a new documentary about tragic football legend George Best.

The Northern Irishman deposited the case in a secure bank vault during one of his lowest moments and it was forgotten for years after his death in 2005.

The BBC Two film Best will reveal its contents and examine what light they shed on the life and times of the man who was one of the greatest players to grace the game before alcoholism took its toll.

The film reunites film makers Dan Gordon and John Battsek who worked together on an award-winning documentary about the Hillsborough disaster.

It is part of a series of films made for the channel including a look inside the East London Mosque in Whitechapel and a film about riot-hit Tottenham in north London.

The Mosque is the work of director Robb Leech who has made two films about his step-brother, Richard Dart, a white Muslim convert, who was jailed for planning to fly to Pakistan for terrorism training.

It includes emotional scenes featuring the distraught sister of one of the three east-London schoolgirls who flew out to join Isis terrorists in Syria.

BBC Two controller Kim Shillinglaw said the channel was a "showcase for the some of the most exciting and acclaimed documentary film-makers working in the UK".

She said: " I'm very proud of the documentaries we are announcing today and the remarkable talent, often tackling difficult subjects, that we are able to support."

George Best movie audition hopefuls - pictures from men who want to play the Manchester United legend in the Stephen Evans' film The Madness Of King George. Above: John Mullin
George Best movie audition hopefuls - pictures from men who want to play the Manchester United legend in the Stephen Evans' film The Madness Of King George. Above: John Mullin
George Best advertising Cookstown Sausages
Ray Kenning
George Best in a Glentoran shirt with another ex Northern Ireland international Norman Whiteside - and a young Stephen Chick
Callum Byers
Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964
Cameron Ervine. Submitted by Jennifer Ervine
George Best
Clark Chambers
George Best, during the Northern Ireland v England match in October 1966
David Holmes
Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964
Ethan Braniff
Manchester United legend George Best
Denis Halligan
Benfica's Goalkeeper Jose Henrique (left) races back to his goal in a vain attempt to stop George Best (right) of Manchester United from scoring his team's second goal in the the European Cup final at Wembley, 29th May 1968. United eventually won 4-3 after extra time.
Harry Ennis
George Best pictured with Pat Jennings
James Galloghly
Football legend George Best pictured at Windsor Park
George Best in training for Manchester United
These are pictures of my son Jonathan age 17 from Belfast. He is an actor and also a footballer - he is a member of Centre Stage Drama School and plays football for a local team. I think he could play the role of George Best age 15. Submitted by mum Elaine
Football legend George Best
Kieran Corr
George Best relaxes with a cup of coffee as he waits for the action in Bulgaria to begin
Heres a handsome chap for ya - maybe looks more like calum though. Submitted by Laura Mack
George Best footballer in Manchester United kit
Lewis Mc Keown pictured with his dad Paul
George Best in action for Manchester United
Raymond Walsh
George Best: Manchester United and Northern Ireland Legend
Robbie Martin
George Best puts pressure on Gordon Banks as he prepares to clear the ball from the England penalty area in the 1971 international at Windsor Park.
Shane Todd
George Best with Lawrie Sanchez
Michael Watson submitted by his dad Tom
George Best
Allison Sykes has submitted this picture of her son
John Chaffetz, an official of the Los Angeles Aztecs, points the way for soccer star George Best. Best was attending a press conference after joing the Aztecs in 1976
Hamish Graham
Football legend George Best, pictured with Pat Jennings (left) and Billy Bingham (right).
George Best in April 2002 at the house in Burren Way, where he unveiled a plaque after being awarded the freedom of Castlereagh
George Best and his mother Annie
Football legend George Best pictured in 1990
George Best, ex-Manchester United footballer, smiling with bruised eye
Manchester United and Northern Ireland football legend George Best
A bus stop on the Cregagh Road on the morning of George Best's funeral.
Flags at George Best funeral at Stormont. Saturday 3rd December 2005
The garden of the Best family home in Burren Way, Cregagh, on the day of George's funeral.
The George Best funeral cortege on the Ballygowan Road.
Calum Best in the funeral cortege.
The George Best funeral cortege on the Ballygowan Road.
Calum and Dickie Best at George Best's funeral
The crowd on the Cregagh Road waiting for George Best's funeral cortege.
Crowds gather at Stormont for the funeral of George Best
Crowds gather at Stormont for the funeral of George Best
George Best's coffin is carried up the steps to the Stormont buildings
George Best's coffin is draped with the Northern Ireland flag
George Best's agent Phil Hughes (centre) with Eamonn Holmes next to George Best's coffin in the Parliament buildings in Stormont, Belfast, Saturday December 3, 2005. The world of football was today paying its last respects as George Best, one of the greatest ever players, was laid to rest. Best, 59, died last Friday in London's Cromwell Hospital.
The Best family at the George Best funeral at Stormont
Billy Bingham at George Best's funeral
Robert Dunlop at George Best's funeral
Dickie and Calum Best at the funeral of George Best funeral at Stormont.
Terry Neill at George Best's funeral
Paddy Kielty and Gerry Armstrong at George Best's funeral
Frank McLintock at George Best's funeral
Mike England at George Best's funeral
Derek Dougan at George Best's funeral
Milan Manderic at George Best's funeral
Pat Jennings at George Best's funeral
Phil Taylor, George Best's agent and Jackie Fullerton at George Best's funeral
Alex Higgans at George Best's funeral
Bobby Jameson at George Best's funeral
Barry McGuigan and his wife at George Best's funeral
Rodney Marsh at George Best's funeral
Dennis Law (centre) at George Best's funeral
Martin O'Neill at George Best's funeral
Callum Best and mum Angie at George Best's funeral
George Best's grave
The Best family plot at Roselawn on the day before George's funeral.
Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. Pictured a silver Benfica letter opener, dated 1966, given to George which marks Man Utd's 5-1 European Cup defeat of Benfica in Lisbon. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years
Best Fan - 7 year old Luke McMullan from Dungannon holding a replica European Champions Manchester United Trophy presented to Dickie Best when George Best died. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.
Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.
Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.
Best Fans - Mark McIlwaine (13, left) and David McCracken (13), both from Lurgan Junior High admiring some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.
Best Fan - 7 year old Luke McMullan from Dungannon (dressed in his school rugby kit) holding a cast from George Best's original match worn boots, pictured amongst Best memorabilia at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.
Items on sale of the Dickie Best collection which will go on public auction on the 19th march at the Wilsons premises in Mallusk with 110 lots of George Best memorabillia available which was collected by Dickie over a 40 year period.
Family Portrait (left to right): Carol Best - Lisa Hogg; Julie Best (Twin) - Catherine Quinn; Ann Best - Michelle Fairley; George Best - Tom Payne; Dickie Best - Lorcan Cranitch; Grace Best (Twin) - Amy Quinn; Barbara Best - Laura Donnelly
George Best played by Tom Payne
Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley
George Best played by Tom Payne
Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley
Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley
George Best played by Tom Payne
George Best played by Tom Payne
Richard (Dickie) Best with a picture of his son, footballer George Best pictured at his home in Belfast. October 2005

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