Background

Project Overview

A news reporter, Mike Gething, originally heard the story of the Wartime Wanderers from Nat Lofthouse when carrying out a newspaper interview.

Tim Purcell heard the story of the from Mike, a lifelong Bolton Wanderers fan. It had everything, football, war, romance, comedy, tragedy, loyalty and the amazing bravery of ordinary men thrown into an extraordinary situation.

Book

Mainstream Publishing commissioned Mike and Tim to write the book.


Script

Together with Jack Seddon Tim wrote the screenplay.   Jack's writing credits include numerous television scripts for 'The Liver Birds', 'What a Carry On',.     'Arthur of the Britons' and 'Oil Strike North'. His film scripts include:

The Blue Max

The Alphabet Murders

Murder Most Foul

Murder She Said

History

    Nat Lofthouse interview when Wartime team mentioned:  1993        
    Interviews with original players  1994
    Book written  1995
    Book Published  1996
    Film script version 1  1996
    Film script version 2 & 3
 2010
    Filmed interviews with families and cast  2012
    Hollywood consultant reviews and edits script  2013
    Film script version 4  2014    
   Documentary outline
 2015
   3-part Documentary structured 2015
 
  Documentary 5 x interviews filmed (6 hours total) 
 2015
   Documentary scripted - part 1 2016
 
  Documentary rough edit 
 2016
   Documentary re-enactment scenes part cast
 2016