Sky today announced the commission of 4-part series Mission to Burnley launching on Sky Documentaries and NOW in the Summer. The Sky Original series is an epic story about the dramatic rebirth of one of England’s most historic clubs under the ownership of a charismatic group of American owners.
Produced by award-winning indie Ad Hoc Films, makers of the acclaimed ‘QPR: The Four-Year Plan’ and ‘The United Way’, this premium observational documentary series follows Burnley Football Club owners, ALK Partners, as they seek to navigate the snakes-and-ladders world of modern football, with all its potential risk, reward and peril. Led by chairman Alan Pace, and inspired by ALK’s faith as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, they swapped Wall Street for Turf Moor, Lancashire with a single vision – to build a global footballing dynasty in Burnley and beyond.
With unprecedented access to the boardroom, dressing-room and inner workings of a club – audiences will be taken on a compelling fly-on-the-wall journey with this unique band of owners in a one-team working-class town, where football is a religion in itself. Charting the highs and lows of the tumultuous period that starts with the devastation of final-day relegation from the Premier League, the documentary goes on to examine how the club has evolved under the stewardship of one of football’s most exciting young managers, Vincent Kompany.
Follow the action on and off the pitch – the grit and glamour, the toil and the triumph – as the owners re-group and re-organise the club, despite the relentless challenges and hurdles they must overcome. The result is redemption, with Kompany spearheading an unforgettable title-winning season in swashbuckling style.
This is an extraordinarily candid series, examining the running of a major football club on a unique journey back to the most glamorous league in the world.
Burnley FC chairman, Alan Pace said: “It’s been a truly unforgettable year, full of stratospheric highs, some daunting lows and everything in between. I’m delighted Ad Hoc and Sky have been there to capture this incredible journey, in all its emotion, depth and passion.
“At its heart it’s a story of family, faith, friendship, and of course football, set during an amazing time, in a great town, and of course led by a very special manager in Vincent Kompany.”
Zai Bennett Managing Director of Content, Sky UK said: “Burnley FC’s story over the last 12 months has been incredible. From one the biggest lows in club football, to one of the greatest highs, we’ve been privileged to follow the club throughout. With lead characters Alan Pace and Vincent Kompany, we can’t wait to bring our audiences this remarkable story from the inside.”
The series will premiere this summer on Sky Documentaries & NOW as the 2023-2024 season kicks off.
The Sky Original documentary has been commissioned for Sky Documentaries by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content, Jamie Morris, Director of Programmes and Jack Oliver, Head of Co-Productions, Sky Entertainment. The Ad Hoc Films team includes Series Director Tom Magnus, Showrunner Mat Hodgson, Producer Daniel Glynn, Series Producer Patrick Nathanson and Producer Nina Cameron.
The series is Executive Produced by Andrew Baker.