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Sports Personality of the Year at 60

Gary Lineker looks back on the 60-year history of BBC Sports Personality of the Year, as past winners such as David Beckham and Steve Redgrave recall their memories of the event.

Gary Lineker looks back on the 60-year history of BBC Sports Personality of the Year. What started in 1954 as a low-key affair, with a surprise winner when Chris Chataway beat four-minute mile record breaker Roger Bannister, has subsequently grown into one of the most anticipated nights on the sport and television calendars - with the 2012 event the biggest ever.

HRH Princess Anne, David Beckham, Lord Sebastian Coe, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Paula Radcliffe, Zara Phillips and Sir Steve Redgrave are just some of the winners who recall fond memories of the time they won the main award. Former presenter Des Lynam recounts his nerves on the night, as well as the laughs he shared with Frank Bruno and others, while Lineker and Sue Barker remind us of the moments that brought them, and us, to tears - such as emotional presentations to legends of sport like Muhammad Ali and Sir Bobby Robson. There are also contributions from Young Sports Personality of the Year winners Wayne Rooney and Andy Murray.

In the 60 years Sports Personality has been on the air, sport and society has evolved, but the award remains as relevant and important now as it ever has done. As Lineker explains, this is because of the public - the people who are so frequently captivated by sport - that vote in their thousands every year to select the award winner. As such, the roll of honour on the Sports Personality of the Year trophy reads like a who's who of UK sport, and the programme itself has become a broadcasting institution.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 14 Dec 2014 19:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:59

    Woodkid

    Run Boy Run

  • 00:01

    Andrew Phillips

    Strike a Flame

  • 00:08

    Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra

    Love Letters in the Sand

  • 00:09

    Perry Como

    Magic Moments

  • 00:09

    Guy Mitchell

    Singing the Blues

  • 00:09

    The Platters

    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

  • 00:15

    The Spencer Davis Group

    Keep on Running

  • 00:16

    The Beatles

    A Hard Day's Night

  • 00:16

    Small Faces

    All Or Nothing

  • 00:01

    Andrew Phillips

    Strike a Flame

  • 00:27

    Sex Pistols

    Anarchy in the UK

  • 00:27

    T. Rex

    Get It On

  • 00:27

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    Voodoo Chile

  • 00:34

    The Specials

    Ghost Town

  • 00:35

    Band Aid

    Do They Know It's Christmas?

  • 00:35

    Frankie Goes to Hollywood

    Two Tribes

  • 00:35

    The Smiths

    There Is a Light

  • 00:36

    John Newman

    Love Me Again

  • 00:38

    Ludovico Einaudi

    Brothers

  • 00:40

    John Newman

    Love Me Again

  • 00:42

    The Marcels

    Blue Moon

  • 00:42

    The Marcels

    Blue Moon

  • 00:43

    Sonnentanz

    Sonnentanz Sun Don't Shine

  • 00:45

    Take That

    Could It Be Magic?

  • 00:45

    Elton John

    Candle in the Wind

  • 00:46

    Oasis

    Rock 'N' Roll Star

  • 00:46

    David Baddiel, Frank Skinner & The Lightning Seeds

    Three Lions

  • 00:46

    Fatboy Slim

    Praise You

  • 00:52

    Robbie Williams

    Millennium

  • 00:52

    Dizzee Rascal & Armand van Helden

    Bonkers

  • 00:53

    Girls Aloud

    Sound of the Underground

  • 00:53

    Arctic Monkeys

    I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

  • 00:53

    Thomas Newman

    Road to Perdition

  • 00:56

    Florence + the Machine

    You've Got The Love

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Gary Lineker
Producer John Nicholson
Director John Nicholson
Executive Producer Carl Doran

Broadcasts

  • Wed 11 Dec 2013 21:00
  • Wed 11 Dec 2013 22:35
  • New Year's Day 2014 12:50
  • New Year's Day 2014 15:35
  • Sun 14 Dec 2014 18:00
  • Sun 14 Dec 2014 19:00