New ITV drama ‘Tina and Bobby’ aired tonight, full of the swinging sixties- even a pair of Hairspray inspired patent knee highs made an appearance. The new series centres on Booby Moore, the famous English football player of the sixties and seventies, based on the book by Tina Moore titled, ‘Bobby Moore: By the person who knew him best’. ITV have been teasing audiences for weeks with snippets of football, beehives and hospital corridors causing audiences to expect great things from their newest venture.
The three-part series kicked off (if you’ll pardon the pun) with Bobby Moore as West Ham’s golden boy where he meets, falls in love and marries Tina Dean all within the first fifteen minutes of the programme.
The show itself is extremely fast paced with every ten minutes or so skipping another few years which can be confusing for the viewer, however not quite so fast paced in its content. Personally, after Michelle Keegan’s outstanding performance in ‘Our Girl’, it is hard to watch her go back to a more subtle role playing housewife, Tina. With the charming dynamic between herself and Lorne MacFadyen who plays Bobby, Keegan’s North-South wondering accent can be pardoned. But the chemistry between the two unfortunately doesn’t match that of her on-screen interaction with Luke Pasqualino in last years’ ‘Our Girl’.
Tina’s idealistic view of their marriage is tested from the moment they step off the plane in Spain for their honeymoon, with Bobby’s teammates intruding on their first holiday together. Watching her navigate her way through the wag scene of the time, her naivety and outlook on her new life make for an entertaining insight into real life events.
Bobby Moore captained West Ham United for around ten years making him one of Britain’s most successful players. This was later confirmed when he led the England team to victory in the 1966 world cup. The relationship between himself and West Ham manager Ron Greenwood is set to be an engaging one, with Moore’s obvious need to please and admiration for his leader.
Despite this, the series is still a whimsical escape from the 21st century which makes you long for a simpler time with a soundtrack to match. The beauty is somewhat disturbed by the knowledge of Bobby Moore’s story- which I’m sure many viewers looked further into as a result of the first episode. Learning the finer details of his short life makes me eager to see how ITV approach the sensitive themes of adultery, cancer and grief. Despite some minor feelings of disappointment regarding the speed of events in the series, I know that I’ll be gladly watching the last two episodes eagerly waiting just a little bit more excitement.