Champion jockey McCoy to star in new BBC film

Champion jockey McCoy to star in new BBC film

AP McCoy is the star of a new BBC documentary that will provide audiences with a rare glimpse into the life of the champion jockey.

Filming for the full-length feature, provisionally entitled Being AP, took place at various locations and racecourses across Britain and Ireland over the 2014-15 season.

Northern Irishman McCoy, 40, called time on his career at Sandown last month, as he claimed his 20th consecutive title.

The jockey is one of the most successful living sportsmen in Britain and Ireland, achieving 4000 career victories, winning Sports Personality of the Year in 2010 and being tipped again for this year’s coveted award.

Directed by BAFTA winner Anthony Wonke (Fire in the Night, Crackhouse USA), Being AP will be produced by Moneyglass Films, Partizan Films and Roads Entertainment, in association with BBC Films.

"When producer Nick Ryle called me and said 'They call him simply Champ in the racing world - 19 times champion AP McCoy has never lost a season and this could be his last - do you want to make a film about him?'  I was instantly hooked," said Wonke.

“It's a great thrill and honour to be allowed to take our cameras into such an incredible world and especially into AP McCoy's.

“With truly unprecedented access into the life and mind of a sporting legend in what could be his most defining year - Being AP is going to make for a moving and enthralling film that captures the drive for greatness but the realisation that with retirement it must all come to an end."