Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Beckham Plays at Home to Cameras; STAYING IN

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Beckham Plays at Home to Cameras; STAYING IN

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Byline: TERRY RAMSEY

David Beckham: A Footballer's Story 9pm, ITV1

Beckham plays at home to cameras David Beckham: A Footballer's Story 9pm, ITV1

DON'T you love that humble line "A Footballer's Story", making it sound like he's just any old footballer. When, as we know, David Beckham is far from being any footballer. He's the England captain, a world star and probably the most recognisable football player on the planet.

Which explains why ITV is so cock-a-hoop about arranging this interview, offering an "intimate" look at the superstar's world.

Of course, exactly how much of Beckham's life remains intimate is questionable, as almost his every move is charted, written about and photographed.

But this programme, with Tim Lovejoy from Sky's Soccer AM, promises us something new.

It tells the tale of how the skinny youngster from Leytonstone became a superstar, which is a story told a thousand times before...

but this time it has the benefit of having Beckham himself pick out the games, goals, events and characters that shaped his career.

The cameras also follow him as he trains with Real Madrid, and he talks about what could be the most momentous summer of his life, as he hopes to pick up the World Cup trophy for England.

Beckham also gives the cameras a tour of (and this is where the cynical might think there has been a trade-off with ITV for getting this interview) his new David Beckham Academy in London, which he has set up to nurture young footballing talent and is intended to be part of his legacy to the game.

There are also contributions from his wife Victoria, but don't expect any shock revelations or scandal - this is an unashamedly nicey-nice profile. But it is certainly watchable, nevertheless.

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