The Bloody Game
Genre: Period Sports Comedy
Written by Miles Jupp and James Kettle
Status: In Development
The Bloody Game is a comedic retelling of the controversial 1933 Ashes tour of Australia, which shook the foundations of sport, politics and polite society.
The Australian team boasted the most prolific, superhuman batsman the game had ever seen – Don Bradman. England’s cricket team had a simple task. Pop over to Australia and lose honourably while promoting the English values of fair play and good manners.
The committee in charge, chose a chap they didn’t particularly like as The England Captain so as not to sacrifice someone they’d actually want to pick again. The problem was that, while prepared to take on the job, Douglas Jardine wasn’t prepared to lie down on the hard-baked Australian earth and take it. Fuelled by a hatred for Australians and a will to win, he developed a fast-paced bowling technique - Bodyline - designed specifically to send the very hard ball, about a hundred miles an hour, straight at the unprotected head of the batsman.
It’s not against the rules, but it’s certainly not fucking cricket.
‘The Bloody Game’ is the hilarious character study of a brilliant, socially inept genius reminiscent of Death of Stalin or In The Loop.