Frankie Goes to Russia (BBC)

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Travel Documentary hosted by Frankie Boyle, published by BBC in 2018 - English narration

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Frankie Boyle visits Russia ahead of the World Cup. Chapter 1: Frankie Boyle heads to Russia before the World Cup tournament begins, to go behind the stereotypes and half-truths of Russian football and culture with his trademark provocative humour. What better person to send as a British envoy than a socially awkward, provocative comedian who is scared of flying and can only travel by car and train around the largest country on earth? Chapter 2: Frankie Boyle continues his travels in Russia ahead of the 2018 football World Cup. Watched by a global audience of two billion people, the tournament is a big opportunity for Russians to showcase their country, culture and sporting dominance. But Russian football is in a sorry state, with possibly the worst-performing national team since the fall of the USSR and fans who are notorious for their racist chants and violence. What has happened in Russia to turn the beautiful game ugly? In this episode, Celtic fan Frankie goes in search of ordinary Russian football fans to find out if the game means as much to them as it does to him. He gets invited to watch a match in the corporate box of a wealthy Spartak Moscow fan, and despairs of the soullessness of corporate hospitality. Spartak is proud of its proletarian roots. Created by the trade union organisation in 1922, it became known as the people's team, although since it was taken over by a billionaire, its fortunes have been on the wane. With money flooding into the game of football across the world, Frankie discovers that in Russia, it is not just the premiership footballers who are cashing in. In the middle of Moscow's high-rise tower blocks, Frankie meets the street footballers who are selling their skills to the highest bidders, earning massive advertising endorsements. Heading out of the capital to the small industrial town of Shatura, Frankie is delighted to meet Celtic's biggest supporter, a Russian power station worker who loves the Scottish team so much he changed his name to Denis McGoalach and formed his own Celtic team. Frankie can't resist the invitation to join the Celtic Shatura team, realising those childhood dreams of playing in the green-and-white hoops. Frankie travels to Russia's most hardcore town to play an unusual game of football with a team who play the game at high speed on motorbikes. Thankfully their post-match antics only involve being whipped with twigs in a sauna. Frankie then goes to St Petersburg, which is hosting one of the World Cup semi-final matches, to meet Russia's leading football historian and biggest collector of football paraphernalia, where he discovers that football arrived in Russia 120 years ago via the Scots. Before he leaves, Frankie wants to see where the England team and many fans will be staying during the tournament, so he heads to a small seaside town called Repino on the outskirts of St Petersburg. Some people are saying that the facilities in Repino aren't good enough for the World Cup. On the bright side for England, it is a World Cup, so at least they won't have to stay there for very long.


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  • Audio Bitrate: 128Kbps CVBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 1h 57m (total)
  • Number Of Parts: 1 (2 chapters)
  • Part Size: 1.92 GB
  • Source: HDTV
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  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: 160 kb/s VBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 59 mins
  • Number of Parts: 2
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