Media release: purpleTV launches new film, Tannadice 87


AWARD-winning production company, purpleTV, reveals that its new documentary film, Tannadice 87, will air for the first time on 20 May 2017.

That’s the date which marks the 30th anniversary of the year that Dundee United reached the final of the UEFA Cup and Tannadice 87 recalls the club’s extraordinary run in one of the world’s great club tournaments.

In the 1986-87 season, Dundee United defeated some of the finest teams in Europe, not least a stunning victory over FC Barcelona, and then a semi-final triumph against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

The programme features first-hand testimony from some of the finest players in United’s history, including Paul Sturrock, Kevin Gallacher, John Clark, Billy Thomson, John Holt, Jim McInally, Maurice Malpas and then-coach Gordon Wallace.

It also includes archive footage featuring Ian Redford and Jim McLean.

Including incredible archive footage, drawn from the success of the 1983 League title win through to the UEFA Cup final of 1987, the film’s moving action is enhanced with uniquely personal cine film and photographic archive, captured by fans who followed the team’s incredible journey that season.

Tannadice 87 – which is written, produced and directed by Margot McCuaig and narrated by broadcaster, Alex O’Henley – also showcases one of the most emotionally dynamic periods in the city of Dundee’s history.

Tannadice 87 follows in the footsteps of a string of celebrated films, produced by purpleTV, including Gothenburg 83, The Famous Five, and Tartan Pride.

purpleTV’s Jock Stein and Jim Baxter films secured Best Sport Programme at back-to-back Royal Television Society Scotland awards in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Their most recent film, a feature-length celebration of the life of Jimmy Johnstone was shortlisted for a 2017 Celtic Media Award.

Margot McCuaig, purpleTV director, and the writer, producer and director of Tannadice 87 comments: “No matter which football team you support, or even if you don’t follow football at all, this is a story that will capture your attention along with a little bit of your heart.

“Dundee United’s run in 1986-87 was nothing short of remarkable and its significance is made all the more powerful given its success was driven by friendship, family and fans, and a powerful bond that remains steadfast to this day.

“Tannadice 87 is a story of people and place and it has been an absolute pleasure to share in its history.”


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