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The Famous Five

The Famous Five, produced for BBC ALBA, is a fantastic story celebrating Scottish popular culture in the retelling of a compelling narrative that continues to resonate to this day. It is a story of achievement, of commitment and dedication and the showcasing of extraordinary Scottish talent. Sounds like another cracking purpleTV documentary doesn't it! And indeed it is.

Smith, Johnstone, Reilly, Turnbull and Ormond were a footballing forward line who earned the timeless mantle ‘The Famous Five’ and entertained football fans not just at Hibernian FC, but throughout Scotland and indeed the world, their magnificence even revered in Brazil in the 1950s!

Their journey from humble working class backgrounds to becoming the most talked about footballers of a generation and beyond is compelling. This isn't just a story about football, this is a story about the people behind the football and thus it is a narrative of historical and social significance. 

Using beautifully shot archive commissioned by the club in the late 1940s as a backdrop to the story, The Famous Five celebrates Hibernian’s post-war decade, showcasing the hugely talented forward line in the most successful period of the club’s history.

Along with the stunning archive our film tells the story of the famous five, and the infamous club Chairman Harry Swan, via the testimony of the people who knew them best; sons and daughters, fellow players, a broadcaster who watched in awe and commentated on Scottish football, the club’s historian and the acclaimed writer and Hibernian FC supporter, Irvine Welsh. We also examine the broader, long term impact of the legacy of the forward line.

The Famous Five, we’re excited to say, will transmit on BBC ALBA on the 24th of January 2016. The story is presented by football broadcaster Alex O’Henley and written, produced and directed by Margot McCuaig.

10 November 2015 12:22

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