ITV executives announced they are making a new drama about Everton Football Club’s breaches of the Premier League’s financial fair play rules.
It follows the success of Mr Bates vs The Post Office, a show about the real-life impact of a Post Office accounting scandal that led to one of the worst miscarriages in British judicial history.
The Premier League punished Everton with a ten-point deduction after they recorded financial losses of £44.7million for the 2021-22 season and now the Toffees are at risk of being sanctioned again for overspending between 2021-2024.
ITV’s director of television said the four-part series will air in May to coincide with Everton’s relegation to the Championship and will star Will Mellor as Premier League chief Richard Masters, with Damian Lewis taking on the role of Toffees boss Sean Dyche.
It’s understood Lewis is preparing for the role of Dyche by gargling gravel for up to six hours a day and pouring Carling lager on his breakfast cereal.
The drama will also focus on Manchester City and Chelsea’s ability to avoid any sanctions despite City’s 115 FFP charges and Chelsea spending 8 squillion quid during one transfer window.
‘This is the untold story of a badly run football club and a miscarriage of justice’, an ITV source told Paddy Power News.
‘The Premier League fast-tracked punishments for Everton’s breaches then changed the rules before Man City could be brought to justice’.
‘It’s gonna be a real tear-jerker for Everton supporters, particularly the scene where Frank Lampard – played by David Tennant – spends £12m on Neal Maupay’.
‘Damian Lewis delivers the performance of a lifetime. His portrayal of Dyche is mesmerizing.
‘A powerful scene where he smashes a pint glass over his own head when Everton are hit with a second charge will live long in the memory’.
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