Freddie Flintoff has been given a second series of his cricket reality show where he turned around the lives of disadvantaged teens by introducing them to the sport.
The BBC One programme, Freddie Flintoff's Field of Dreams, was praised for its moving look at how the former England player's encouragement helped a group of boys who knew nothing about cricket to form a team and make big changes in their lives.
It included players from his hometown of Preston who had been getting into trouble at school, one who had had to move out on his own while still at college, and another who had recently joined a foster family as a refugee.
After a tough start with discipline and a lack of enthusiasm, Flintoff managed to pull together a supportive team who found a love for cricket, helping to achieve his aim of making cricket more inclusive.
Now, a new four-part second series has been announced which will see Flintoff catch up with team favourites including Sean, Ben and Adnan, and take some of his team and a handful of fresh recruits on a new adventure.
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Details of the new adventure have not been revealed, but Flintoff said: “Working with the boys was one of the most incredible experiences of my life but the work is not finished yet! I’m really pleased we’ll be continuing the hard work we have all put in, but on a much bigger scale.”
Clare Sillery, head of commissioning, documentaries at the BBC, said: “‘Transformative’ is a word that’s probably overused in relation to TV shows but in his Field of Dreams series, Freddie Flintoff genuinely changed the lives of some of the boys from Preston he drafted on to the cricket team.
"The warmth and authenticity of the series made it a big hit with viewers, and I’m delighted that he is ready to take on the challenge of a second series and can’t wait to see how it unfolds.”