A new eight-part docuseries based on the life and career of F1’s former ‘ringmaster’ Bernie Ecclestone is in the pipeline. The series, titled “Lucky!”, is written and directed by Manish Pandey, who produced the Senna documentary released in 2010.
Extensive filming with Ecclestone, 90, took place at his home in Switzerland through lockdown.
The series tells the story from Ecclestone’s birth in Suffolk, through his time as a car dealer and racing driver before becoming the owner of the Brabham team and one of the most famous figures in Formula 1.
“This is the first time I trust anyone to tell my story and the story of Formula 1 and Manish is the only narrator and director who I believe can bring this to the screen,” Ecclestone said, quoted by Motorsport.com.
“And not only is he a great storyteller, he’s also a huge fan. He’s been watching Formula 1 since he could walk and his knowledge of the world and its movers and shakers is encyclopedic and his passion unsurpassed.”
The docuseries will feature Ecclestone “revealing his life story and the story of Formula 1’s birth, growth and phenomenal success”, enjoying “unprecedented Formula 1 Management archive”.
Pandey said: “Bernie has been able to reflect not only on his days as one of the greatest sports impresarios of all time, but also on his life.
“In his 90 years he has traveled the world and met everyone that anyone is, but he remains incredibly handsome and hugely funny. It is a pleasure to tell his extraordinary story in full for the first time.”
Formula 1 CEO and President Stefano Domenicali added: “Formula 1 is a truly global sport with over 70 years of history created by Bernie, who has been instrumental in making the sport what it is."
"With half a billion worldwide fans and races in 23 countries, the interest and excitement surrounding Formula 1 is huge and the series will be eagerly anticipated to take viewers on a journey into the life of one of the sport’s most interesting characters . .”
It has not yet been confirmed when the series will air or on which platform.