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Botham: The Legend of '81

It is the most remarkable comeback story in English sporting history, and it all began 30 years ago this summer.

It's the story of a team, so abject they had been written off completely, led by a man so distrusted and ridiculed that he was forced to resign his post for the sake of his family.

Days later that man, Ian Botham, produced a 'boys own' performance to inspire that team, England, to beat Australia against 500-1 odds. It was just the start of Botham's Ashes.

Botham: The Legend of '81 tells the simply incredible story of how Ian Botham went from national zero to hero, not once but twice.

As well as the story of that almost unbelievable summer of '81, we hear how the success that followed changed Botham's life, making him, but breaking him at the same time.

Having been reduced to zero once more we see how the anti-establishment Botham unwittingly became a national hero once again, this time through his tireless work to help children suffering with leukaemia.

Featuring contributions from his family, colleagues and eyewitnesses such as Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Viv Richards, Bob Willis, David Gower, Sir Elton John, Stephen Fry and Sir John Major, Botham: The Legend of '81 charts one of English Sports most colourful and controversial careers and tells surely its most enduring comeback story.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 27 Jul 2011 23:20


Role Contributor
DirectorStephen Lyle
ProducerStephen Lyle
Executive ProducerCarl Doran