On the 3rd of June 2016, millions of fans around the world mourned the passing of the boxing icon Muhammad Ali. In a touching, insightful and celebratory one-off authored documentary special, Frank Skinner, one of Britain’s best-loved comedians, explores the incredible life of his hero, the world’s greatest boxing champion.
To discover more about his idol, Frank travels around the UK and US, visiting key locations and people in Ali’s life. Frank meets Ali’s wife Khalilah and his old sparring partner and friend Larry Holmes, as well as some of the lesser-known people in Ali’s life, like Paddy Monaghan, the bareknuckle boxer from an Oxfordshire council estate who became one of Ali’s dearest friends.
This documentary special is more than a profile piece on the greatest sporting hero of the twentieth century, it’s also a very personal journey filled with Frank’s own expertise and insight.
Frank Skinner says: “I loved Ali since I was a child. I loved the warrior, the entertainer, the craziness that surrounded him. I met him, as a trembling fanboy, a few times, in the 90s, but I only had the courage to ask for an autograph and a couple of photos. This project gave me the chance to question his family, friends and his boxing inner-circle and explore the truth about the man.”
Director and Producer: Mary Crisp
Executive Producer: Jo Sargent
Presented by: Frank Skinner
Broadcaster: BBC One
Eps & Duration: 1 x 60′
Transmission: 1 June 2017