The first series of Sunderland ‘Til I Die was a big hit, so I was excited to find out that there would be a second series following their 2018/19 season, where they were playing in League One after their disaster season the year prior.
There are plenty of shake-ups behind the scenes at Sunderland in this series, and the thing that is noticeable is that Series 2 focuses on life away from the pitch a lot more than it’s predecessor did. The vast majority of this series focuses on the new owners of Sunderland and their attempts to reinvigorate and save the club after years of neglect and poor decision-making. It’s an interesting perspective and a clear way to differentiate from the first series, however, if you were a fan of the footballing side of Series 1, then prepare to be disappointed, because it’s no where near as prominent as it was for the relegation season. Many big moments in the season are documented, but there isn’t as much focus on their aftermaths, there was a lot more optimism in this series, with Sunderland doing considerably better than the year before, but there are still a lot of lows and some moments of madness from the new ownership, who are the definition of real-life David Brents. The meme potential for this series is huge, and I can’t wait to see what some creative individuals do!
But if you’re a fan of football documentaries, then you’ll enjoy this one too. It’s not as good as the first series, but it’s still solid and extremely easy to binge. Perfect for a lockdown!
I give Sunderland ‘Til I Die – Series 2 a 7/10.