PAUL MERSON TO FRONT FOOTBALL GAMBLING DOCUMENTARY

Former Arsenal and England legend Paul Merson is a recently reformed gambling addict. But over the past 30 years, he gambled away a fortune.



In this first-person account, Paul sets out to understand why his life has been so badly blighted by gambling, and explores the relationship between football and gambling at a time when it’s never been more urgent to question the industry’s place in the world of sport.


Paul is now on the path to recovery, but he wants to understand the triggers that have led to his addiction. To do this, he’s undergoing therapy and meeting scientists who have brand new theories in addiction science.



Paul says: “If this film helps just one other person affected by the issue of problem gambling, it’s been worthwhile”.


Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Science, said: "Watching England reach the finals of the Euros has been a dream come true. But, as we watch, it's impossible to escape the constant marketing campaigns from the betting industry. With fans and players at risk of being drawn into addiction, it's the perfect time for Paul to explore the uncomfortable relationship between football and the gambling industry - and ask if it needs to change.”