The Four Year Plan

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The Four Year Plan is a 2011 documentary by Mat Hodgson about London football club QPR. It is widely considered to be one of the best every fly-on-the-wall football documentaries, it gained unprecedented no holds barred entry access to all areas of the football club.

Filming started in 2007 when QPR were bottom of the second tier and at one stage just hours from bankruptcy but were rescued at the last minute by a group of billionaire businessmen. The film follows the larger than life characters who had put their money on the line in order to try and achieve their dream of taking the club to the lucrative Premier League within four years, it manages to capture some enormous highs and lows at a time when the club was getting through a new manager every few months and concludes with the club achieving the objective of its ‘four year plan’ at the end of their fourth season.

The film gives the viewer a remarkable insight into world of the football industry and laid bare the fragility of the egos of those who hold the power and make the big decisions at England’s famous clubs. If you like the fly-on-the-wall format then also consider watching the 1997 ITV documentary There’s Only One Barry Fry.

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