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BBC One commissions new Mo Farah documentary

MUMBAI: BBC One has commissioned a new documentary charting Mo Farah’s brutal training schedule and family life in the build-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The hour-long film, produced by Fulwell 73 ‘Class of 92’, ‘I Am Bolt’, will give a unique insight into the double Olympic gold medallist and his quest for glory.

With unprecedented access into the life and times of Farah, the one-off 60-minute programme follows Mo through intense and remote training camps and race meets across the world in the US, Africa and throughout Europe, giving a real insight into the man behind the Mobot.

As well as showing the determination and dedication that goes into Farah’s athletic programme, this candid documentary also shows the events that have shaped Farah into the man he is today as he reunites with his twin brother – who he was separated from for 12 years – and revisits his childhood home of Djibouti, the country he left as an eight-year-old.

The programme was commissioned by BBC head of commissioning, documentaries Patrick Holland and BBC Commissioning Editor, documentaries Jamie Balment. It will be executive produced by Gabe Turner and Leo Pearlman of Fulwell 73. It will be directed by Fulwell 73’s Joe Pearlman and produced by David Soutar.

Holland said, “As a reigning double World, European and Olympic champion, Mo Farah is one of Great Britain’s most successful athletes who is respected and loved by sport fans and the wider public alike. The unprecedented access in this documentary will give our audiences an incredible new perspective on Mo’s extraordinary professionalism and equally amazing personal story.”

Farah said, “The crew has been sharing in my highs and lows, traveling with me from high altitude race camps to international race meets, spending time with my family in the US and joining me on a visit back to my childhood home in Djibouti. With Rio now just around the corner, it feels like the right time to show what it takes to be an endurance runner and how I prepare. I can’t wait to represent my country at the Olympics again this year. It’s amazing!”

Pearlman said, “Having worked with global sporting icons the likes of David Beckham, Usain Bolt and Freddie Flintoff, the opportunity to spend time and make a film with a true British legend in Mo Farah was one that we jumped at. The public will get to see a side to Mo that they’ve not seen before and a sense of just how much work and sacrifice goes into being a double Olympic champion.”

In the programme, Farah openly discusses what it’s been like to relocate and integrate into a new country and culture, and the struggles of family life away from his wife and four young children as he trains on the other side of the world.

It will also feature top sporting personalities and familiar faces discussing what it takes to reach the heights Farah has, why he became a national treasure, and the sacrifices necessary to succeed at elite level.

This documentary will be broadcast on BBC One in the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.