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Jimmy Johnstone story to be in a new film for BBC ALBA

The Jimmy Johnstone story

At purpleTV we are delighted and honoured to be making a film about the legendary Scot, Jimmy Johnstone, to be broadcast on BBC ALBA in autumn 2016.
A European Cup winner in 1967, voted the Greatest Ever Celtic player in 2002 and revered by football fans and peers the world over, he sadly lost his life ten years ago, on the 13th of March 2006, having being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2000.

One of the most talented and respected footballers Scotland has ever seen, Jimmy Johnstone hailed from humble beginnings. Alongside four siblings, he was raised in the small village of Viewpark near Glasgow and his natural talent, coupled with his sheer determination to succeed, enabled him to play for his beloved Celtic, showcasing his phenomenal talents the world over.

Despite his worldwide success, Jimmy never forgot his roots. He was a working class hero, a man who experienced a number of challenges throughout his life, some of them played out negatively in the public eye, but he was also a man who had a profound effect on those who knew him. In his final years, as he battled MND, he was an inspiration.

'Jimmy Johnstone' will be an intimate portrayal of that legacy, an insight into the man and the footballer, told through the testimony of the people that knew and loved him most, alongside archive illustrating his talent, his humour and his enduring compassion.

12 March 2016 16:52

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