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George Best time capsule provides inspiration for documentary

By Robert Dex

Published 09/06/2015

George Best
George Best

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 Belfast-born player 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 of a man considered one of the greatest players to grace the game before alcoholism took its toll.

The producers are keeping the contents secret until the screening of the documentary, which reunites film-makers Dan Gordon and John Battsek, who worked together on an award-winning piece 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 the 2011 summer riots in Tottenham, 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 schoolgirls who flew out to join Isis 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 in the UK".

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

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