Hero to Zero, television drama starring Michael Owen

18th February 2000 at 00:00
(Photograph) - THE BBC may have lost some of the great blue-riband sporting events to its rivals but it has still managed to pull off an important new signing for children's television, writes Janette Wolf. The Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen is to make his acting debut in a drama series called Hero to Zero, which starts on February 23.

The plot follows the trials, both footballing and otherwise, of an unhappy 10-year-old boy, whose parent are scratching each other's eyes out and whose only comfort in life comes from confiding in a poster of Michael Owen, stuck on his bedroom wall. Cue the real Michael Owen, who obligingly materialises in a digitally-enhanced shower of gold to dispense kindly advice and encouragement, not to mention some prescient football tips. As an actor, Michael is "as good on screen as he is on a football field", says producer Cas Lester. Photograph: CREDIT

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today