BBC to screen Rugby League doc from Ad Hoc Films and Chalkboard TV

18 Nov 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

A new documentary featuring the GB Lions Rugby League side’s tour to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in 2019 will premiere on BBC iPlayer from 21st November.

The feature-length documentary, produced by UK-based independent production company Chalkboard Television and documentary producer Ad Hoc Films, explores rugby league’s northern heartlands, as well as issues  of masculinity, race, class, friendship, ambition and sacrifice.

It also looks ahead to the Rugby League World Cup 2021, which is scheduled to be held across England next year.

The RFL gave documentary makers unfettered access to the Lions’ first tour in 12 years, the film looks thoughtfully at a game of skill, strength and speed with a unique heritage and international popularity, and reflects on the GB Lions’ performance.

Executive producers are Mike Benson from Chalkboard, Mat Hodgson and Daniel Glynn from Ad Hoc, and Mandy Chang and Jo Lapping from the BBC.



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