11th December 2019, 12:52 | pdrl
There’s a must-watch TV programme for Rugby League and fans of great sporting stories on Channel 4 this Friday night.
Adam Hills, award-winning comedian, writer and broadcaster is at the centre of a powerful, funny and uplifting story of friendships, determination, sport, family and prosthetic limbs.
The 60-minute documentary features his personal, physical and emotional journey to live out his boyhood dream of playing his favourite sport – a journey that takes him from London to Warrington and on to Sydney. And back to Warrington; a lot.
Adam Hills: Take His Legs is on Friday at 11.30pm on Channel 4. It’s made by Noah Media Group and commissioned for Channel 4 by Fozia Khan.
The story started in February 2018, when Hills was a member of the Warrington Wolves team who played Leeds Rhinos in the first PDRL game ever played in this country.
That led to an unforgettable trip to Australia and a fairytale World Club Challenge fixture against the mighty South Sydney Rabbitohs – the team Hills supported as a boy. He even bumped into another of their celebrity supporters, and recent owner – Russell Crowe.
This year, Hills has been able to feed his Rugby League habit on a regular basis as the RFL have run the first PDRL league – with the Wolves running out inaugural champions after victory over Wakefield Trinity in the Grand Final in September.
This is Adam’s personal journey from celebrity advocate and enthusiast to team-mate and friend to an incredible group of men, achieving something they never thought possible. The documentary also deals with mental health, PTSD, and the true impact of sport and teamwork on the emotional well-being of a team who have now formed a remarkable bond and support network for each other.
Take His Legs is a story of passion, determination, and the amazing ability of sport to unite and overcome.
Adam Hills said: "Playing Physical Disability Rugby League has been one of the greatest adventures of my life. I’m so glad we brought a camera with us, because it took me to places I never expected. Like Wakefield. More than that though, it has shown me the power that sport has to change lives."
Fozia Khan, Channel 4 said: “It’s been an absolute joy to commission this inspiring and thought provoking film. The story goes beyond the sports field into the lives of these incredible men to show the highs and lows of achieving their life’s dream. It’s very funny as well.”
Pete Thomas, Noah Media said: “This story grew into something we could never have imagined - not only on the field, in the amazing journey to the World Club Challenge in Sydney, but also off the field. An extraordinary team came together and demonstrated the power of sport and teamwork in overcoming both physical and mental challenges.”
Ralph Rimmer, the Chief Executive of the RFL, said: “I’ve been lucky enough to see an advance copy of the film – and it’s utterly life affirming. The development of Physical Disability Rugby League over the last 18 months has been fantastic, and Adam has there from the start, from that first fixture between Warrington and Leeds. As a game and a governing body, we’re inspired by him and all involved in this production, as well as all the other people at the RFL, the Super League clubs and the volunteers who are making PDRL such a success. Here’s to the next chapter in this Rugby League story.”