Five (more) sports documentaries to watch during lockdown

By Ciaran VarleyBBC Sport
Daehan Ki, Mark Wright, Gilly Flaherty, Billy Monger and Arthur Agee
Just some of the great stuff on BBC iPlayer right now

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Last week, we told you about five sports documentaries you should watch on BBC iPlayer. This week, we've got five more, including a couple that have just been released.

Fight For First: Excel Esports

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This new five-part series from BBC Three is a classic sports documentary by every measure except one: its subject is competitive gaming rather than traditional sport.

The film crew get access to the Excel Esports team and show what goes into becoming a professional gamer - living with your team-mates 24/7, training daily, and taking advice from sports psychologists and nutritionists. They even have a state-of-the-art training facility at Twickenham.

This is also a massive underdog tale, and as well as all the (e)sport, there's loads of coming-of-age drama too, surrounding relationships, online abuse, living away from home and drinking.

Mark Wright: The Last Chance

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If you watched Crawley Town play Leeds United in the FA Cup this weekend, yes you saw that Mark Wright.

After spells in the youth set-ups at three Premier League clubs, Wright's dream of becoming a professional footballer petered out and he went on to become a TV personality.

But at 33, he is having one last crack.

This series follows his journey as he tries to break into the Crawley squad, battles a lack of confidence, and juggles his football career with presenting a radio show. He also gets ripped to shreds by his no-nonsense manager and coaches for his celebrity ways.

Hoop Dreams

It's a competitive field, but this is probably one of the best sports documentaries ever made.

Released in 1994, the film follows Arthur Agee and William Gates - two young, black, inner-city Chicago lads - as they try to make it in college basketball and then, perhaps, turn professional.

Like all great sports documentaries, Hoop Dreams is not only about sport.

Agee and Gates have to contend with family problems associated with money, drugs and violence - and basketball is their way out. The disparity in the American education system, and precariousness of the college draft system, is also examined in a must-watch film.

Squad Goals

If you've ever wondered what life is like for a professional footballer in perhaps the world's top women's league, this series is here to tell you.

The first series documents West Ham's debut season in the Women's Super League.

Series two, filmed over the 2019-20 season, goes behind the scenes and exposes some of the game's brutal realities.

Young women have to sacrifice relationships and stable career prospects for the sake of precarious chances in a game that doesn't pay anywhere near as much as the men's equivalent, but where time is just as short.

Driven: The Billy Monger Story

This is a story about conquering adversity.

Racing driver Billy Monger was 17 when he was involved in a horrific crash in 2017. He had to have both legs amputated below the knee.

Just over a year after his accident, he was back behind the wheel as the first double amputee to race competitively in a single-seater car.

This documentary tells the story of his recovery, his fight to be able to race, and his determination not to let his injury hold him back.

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