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Quick Verdict – It’s a quarter final


If you find yourself running out of football to watch over the next 4 weeks, then I suggest sticking on Mike Bassett: England Manager. Ricky Tomlinson plays Mike Bassett, the Norwich football manager who’s called up to the post of England Manager to guide them into the World Cup, and would you believe it, it’s in Brazil. If you are worried about how England will fair in the real World Cup, then it might be good to view this as you’ll be convinced they won’t be as bad.

It’s not a masterpiece of a movie, but an enjoyable one none the less. Plenty of laughs, Ricky doing what he does best and some nice roles for Phil Jupitus, Bradley Walsh and the late great Geoffrey Hutchings.

Do England win the World Cup? I can’t spoil that surprise. You’ll have to watch it to find out. And if you’ve seen it too many times, there’s always Mike Bassett: Interim Manager, which is out next year.

Watch this if you like –

  • Escape to Victory
  • The World Cup
  • Football