BBC One to air documentary on Marcus Rashford in December

The BBC will broadcast a documentary about English footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign against child food poverty.

The 23-year-old Manchester United star has won high praise and an MBE for his ongoing efforts to ensure that no child goes hungry.

His campaign this month prompted the government to withdraw to announce that free meals would be provided to underprivileged children during the Christmas holidays.

BBC cameras will follow the sportsman, originally from Manchester, as he tries to better understand the effects of food poverty and how Covid-19 has contributed to the problem.

The one-hour documentary will “provide exclusive insight into the decision-making, thought process and motivations of the English international footballer,” the broadcaster said.

Rashford will also be honored with a special award at the Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony on December 20, after the jury unanimously agreed that his work should be praised off the field.

Clare Sillery, BBC’s main principal for documentaries, said: “Everyone will be familiar with the Marcus Rashford we see on the field, but this documentary provides a deeper insight into the man himself.

“Through our access, we hope viewers will see how passionate and determined he is in tackling child food poverty in Britain.”

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, said: “Marcus’s attempt to give a voice to those in a situation that he also knows has been greatly admired and the panel wanted to ensure that he was recognized for it.

“In a year that has been challenging for everyone, but especially vulnerable families, he has done his best to transcend his sport and make a real difference. This award pays tribute to a remarkable young man. “

The project, a joint effort between BBC Sport and BBC Breakfast, will be broadcast on BBC One on December 21.