David Tennant says the one-off TV biopic about the ‘Busby Babes’ Manchester United football team is ‘long overdue’.

Former Doctor Who star David plays coach Jimmy Murphy in United, the story of the Manchester United football team around the time 23 players and support staff died in the Munich air crash in 1958.

David told TV Times: “It’s one of those events that doesn’t seem to have a precedent. It just seems totally unfair, random and ghastly.”

Murphy wasn’t on the plane and took over management of the team while manager Sir Matt Busby convalesced in hospital. He believes that if Murphy ‘hadn’t done what he did, it’s very unlikely the club would have survived the way it did’.

“The film deals with how we put ourselves together after tragedy, because people cope with grief in so many different ways,” says David. “We try to tell the story and honour it – because it’s one that should be told. There’s never been a straightforward film or TV drama about this extraordinary dramatic story… it’s long overdue.”

United tells the story of events immediately before and after the air crash and screens on BBC2 on Sunday, April 24 at 9pm.