Marcus Rashford documentary to air on BBC One

Marcus Rashford will star in a BBC One documentary next month.

Cameras will follow the Manchester United star as he tries to better understand the effects of food poverty and how Covid-19 has contributed to the issue.

It comes after Marcus, 23, forced the government into not one, but two U-turns in his ongoing efforts to ensure no child goes hungry.

His campaign this month resulted in the government backtracking to announce free meals would be provided to disadvantaged children over the Christmas holidays.

This was a repeat of the summer when the footballer, from Wythenshawe, successfully got the government provide free school meals during the summer holidays.

The hour-long documentary, set to air on BBC One on December 21, will offer “exclusive insight into the decision-making, thought process and motivations of the England international footballer”, the broadcaster said.

Rashford, who has been awarded an MBE, will also be honoured with a special award at the Sports Personality of the Year ceremony on December 20, after the judging panel unanimously agreed his work off the pitch should be commended.

He tweeted on Wednesday: “The last couple of months I’ve been working on a documentary to showcase the devastating effects of child food poverty in the UK.

“This is not about me it’s about offering a platform for voices to be heard. We’ve been ignoring the issue for too long, now is the time for change.”

The footballer has been campaigning throughout the year
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Clare Sillery, BBC head of commissioning for documentaries, said: “Everyone will be familiar with the Marcus Rashford we see on the pitch but this documentary will offer a deeper insight into the man himself.

“Through our access, we hope viewers will get to see just how passionate and determined he is about tackling child food poverty in Britain today.”

Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, said: “Marcus’s endeavour to give a voice to those who find themselves in a situation that he too is familiar with has been greatly admired and the panel wanted to ensure he was recognised for that.

“In a year that has been challenging for everyone, but particularly vulnerable families, he has gone above and beyond to transcend his sport and make a real difference. This award is a tribute to a remarkable young man.”

Manchester Evening News