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This Sporting Life

Britain on Film, Series 2 Episode 9 of 10

Series in which high-quality 1960s colour footage from the vaults of the Rank Organisation is brought together to offer compelling insights into British life during that seminal decade.

This episode salutes the Rank filmmakers' attempts to reflect our near-obsessive national preoccupation with a range of competitive sports, ranging from golf and cycling to skiing and stock car racing. Featuring vintage prose praising the idiosyncratic appeal of cricket by the incomparable commentator Richie Benaud, as well as rare colour footage of the England football team in training shortly before their greatest-ever triumph in the 1966 World Cup.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Tue 2 Feb 2016 02:20


Role Contributor
ProducerKathryn Williams
Executive ProducerDavid Okuefuna