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‘Ed Sheeran: The Sum of It All’
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Everything we know about ‘Ed Sheeran: The Sum of It All’

The Disney+ series will showcase the private side of the singer-songwriter

Phil de Semlyen
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Phil de Semlyen

With a world tour and a new album dropping in May, it’s a big year ahead for Ed Sheeran – and his army of fans around the world. And as with many musical superstars before him, it calls for a big telly series. Cue Disney+ and ‘Ed Sheeran: The Sum of It All’, a four-part series showcasing the public and private sides of the Suffolk songwriting powerhouse.

Needless to say, it will be destination viewing for Sheerios when it lands at the same time as that album, ‘ – ’ (pronounced ‘Subtract’), in May. Here’s what we know about it. 

When is ‘Ed Sheeran: The Sum of It All’ on Disney+?

​​All four episodes land on Disney+ around the world on Wednesday, May 3.

Is there a trailer?

There is, and you can watch it below.

What is ‘Ed Sheeran: The Sum of It All’ about?

Runs the Disney synopsis: ‘It will take viewers on a journey around the world spotlighting how an unlikely child with a stutter rose to fame to become one of the biggest global music superstars and how his chart-topping hits were born.’

In other words, ‘The Sum of It All’ will be part-concert doc and part-origin story for a musician whose stratospheric fame and success still seems to elicit a pinch-me reaction from the man himself.

It spans everything from early busking gigs captured on camera phone and culminating in awkward efforts to shift a few CDs to massive stadium concerts in front of tens of thousands of fans. There’s shades of Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams, although Sheeran did it all solo – an even more impressive feat.

Except not quite. The series will zero in on two crucial relationships in Sheeran’s life: with music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards, who helped him find an audience online and break out with 2011’s ‘The A Team’, and his school friend and now wife, Cherry Seaborn. The death of Edward’s and Seaborn’s battle with cancer will feature strongly, as personal traumas and sources of creative expression.

‘I’ve always been very guarded in my personal and private life; the only documentary I’ve ever made has been one that focused on my songwriting,’ says Sheeran. ‘Disney approached me to make a four-part documentary, and it felt like the right time to open the door and let people in. I hope people enjoy it.’

The Divide Tour, his Wembley Stadium gigs, the inception of his hit single ‘Bad Habits’ and the creation of his new album, ‘-’, and a few cameos from his old pal Stormzy will all feature via a mix of Sheeran’s own personal archive clips, fly-on-the-wall footage and interviews with him, his wife and loved ones. Should be an emotional ride.

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