HERO Ronnie Russell is to star in a television documentary about he helped prevent Princess Anne being kidnapped 36 years ago.

The brave Robins speedway boss received the George medal, the highest decoration that can be awarded by the Queen, for saving her daughter, Princess Anne, from a gunman in 1974.

This week the grandfather-of-five was filmed for a documentary, which tells the story of Ronnie and other heroes who have received the George medal.

“I wasn’t nervous in front of the camera, I’m used to doing it for the live speedway on Sky. It was just recalling a story,” he said.

But even after recognition from the Queen, Ronnie does not consider himself a hero.

“You do what you do and that’s what you get in return for it,” he said.

“I would do exactly the same for someone in the street. I wasn’t driven by the fact it was a member of the Royal family.”

On March 20, 1974 Ronnie was on his way home from his job as an office cleaning manager when he helped stop an attempt to kidnap Princess Anne when her limousine was held up in London’s The Mall.

Four people were shot by the would-be kidnapper, including the Princess’ bodyguard and chauffeur.

The then 26-year-old confronted the attacker, dodged his bullets, and punched him on the back of the head, knocking him to the ground.

“I did it to prevent the incident and my initial feeling was to stop what happened,” said Ronnie.

When the Queen presented his medal, she told him: ‘This medal is a thank you from the Queen of England; I want to thank you as Anne’s mother’.

Ronnie’s is the only George medal awarded for defending the Royal family.

“It makes it unique. The lovely part is that my grandchildren are reading a modern history book at school and they’ve read about me in their book,” Ronnie said.

The Robins manager’s story inspired the book Patriot Games by Tom Clancy which was then turned into the 1992 film of the same name, which starred Harrison Ford.

“It made me smile when I watched it and I found it amusing that they chose Harrison Ford to play me,” he said.

“If someone watches the film who has heard my story, they will know what happens next.”

The documentary, produced by Dangerous Films, will be shown on Channel 4 and The Discovery Channel.