XMAS WATCH: Sports Documentaries/Reviews on ITV4

A host of sports documentaries and review shows are to be broadcast on ITV4 as part of the channel’s Christmas schedules.

The programmes feature all the best moments from some of ITV’s top sporting events from 2012, including Bradley Wiggins’ magnificent Tour de France success, the story of the Euro 2012 and Chelsea’s phenominal UEFA Champions League triumph, as well as reviews of the British Superbikes and the British Touring Car Championship seasons.

There are also repeat showings of some of ITV4’s various motorsport programmes from 2012, including reviews of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival, and the Isle of Man TT.

If you miss any of the shows listed below, they will be available to watch for up to 30 days after transmission on the ITV Player.

Details below…


Monday 17th December – 8.00pm-9.00pm – ITV4
Repeat: Saturday 29th December – 11.00am

ITV’s Tour de France presenter Gary Imlach looks back at an incredible three weeks during the summer when Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win cycling’s biggest prize – the Tour de France.

In the previous 98 editions of this legendary race no Britain had even managed to get a foot on the podium in Paris.

This year the top two steps where occupied by Wiggins and his team-mate and fellow Brit Chris Froome.

Wiggins finished with a winning margin of three minutes and 21 seconds.

For once the great British sprinter Mark Cavendish had to stay on the sidelines for much of the Tour.

The Manx Express did finally have his day though as British cycling fans were treated to the unforgettable sight of Wiggins in the yellow jersey setting up Cavendish for an historic fourth Paris stage victory on the final day.

It lifted his tally of Tour de France stage wins to 23, surpassing Frenchman Andre Darrigade and move into fourth in the overall stage-win standings, 11 short of Belgian Eddy Merckx’s record of 34.

But the day, and the entire Tour, belonged to Wiggins who safely negotiated himself around the streets of Paris to complete the formalities after a stunning time-trial victory the day before gave him an almost unassailable lead.


Tuesday 18th December – 8.00pm-9.00pm – ITV4

There’s another chance to see ITV4’s superb documentary charting the incredible achievements in the career of Bradley Wiggins.

Originally broadcast just days after Wiggo’s Tour triumph on the Champs Elysees, the programme traces his progress from a council estate in Kilburn to his training camp in Mallorca in his quest to become the first Briton to claim the famous Tour de France yellow jersey.

Featuring interviews with Bradley himself, as well as David Brailsford, Rob Hayles, Shane Sutton and Chris Boardman.


Wednesday 19th December – 8.00pm-9.00pm – ITV4
Repeat: Sunday 30th December – 10.00am

A chance to re-live Chelsea’s amazing journey to win the UEFA Champions League in 2012 – one of the greatest comebacks in modern football history.

Chelsea stunned Bayern Munich in a dramatic penalty shoot-out at the Allianz Arena to win the world’s greatest club competition for the first time.

Thomas Mueller’s late header put Bayern on the brink of victory on their home ground, but Didier Drogba levelled things up with a bullet header at the death.

After Arjen Robben missed a penalty in extra-time the match went down to a dramatic penality shootout, with Drogba coolly converting the decisive spot-kick to cement his place in Chelsea folklore.

The tournament which gave Chelsea their greatest agony when they lost on penalties to Manchester United in Moscow back in 2008 has now delivered the greatest glory in their 107-year history.

Momentum shifted decisively when Cech denied Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger hit the post to leave Chelsea on the brink and present Drogba with his moment of destiny.

The programme looks back at how Chelsea, led by Roberto Di Matteo, made it through to play for European football’s greatest prize, including their sensational semi-final win over the imperious Barcelona.


Thursday 20th December – 8.00pm-9.00pm – ITV4
Repeat: Sunday 30th December – 11.00am

Matt Smith looks back at this year’s eventful Euro 2012 tournament hosted by Poland and the Ukraine – widely regarded as one of the most exciting for years.

The show relives some of the most dramatic matches and spectacular goals from some of the world’s greatest players.

Reigning champions Spain were aiming to be the first team to ever retain the trophy, and England under new manager Roy Hodgson were hoping to emulate their performance in 1996 when they reached the semis.

There was also the drama of a thunderstorm that threatened to halt some of the games, and the uglier side of the tournament as rival Polish and Russian fans clashed in Warsaw.

With contributions from some of ITV’s Euro 2012 pundits including Gareth Southgate, Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane.


Friday 21st December – 8.00pm-9.00pm – ITV4

Ned Boulting presents a look back at some of the players who have taken centre stage in the UEFA Champions League, the world’s greatest club tournament.

From Steven Gerrard’s inspirational performance in Istanbul, to the continued influence of Ryan Giggs for Mancester United.

The programme includes some of the greatest goals from the competition from some of the biggest personalities in the game.


Saturday 22nd December – 6.00pm-8.00pm – ITV4

James Whitham presents a comprehensive review of the 2012 MCE British Superbike Championship season, six months of the very best two-wheel action condensed into a bumper two-hour programme.

This year’s 25th BSB Championship was tightly contested, the eventual winner being Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider from Kent who won the championship for a third time, pipping his nearest rival Josh Brookes of Tyki Suzuki by 28 points in a season that went right down to the wire.

Shakey’s victory was not secured until the final race of the day at the last round of the competition at Brands Hatch in October.

He joins the elite club of riders who have won the championship three times, the others being John Reynolds, Niall Mackenzie and Ryuichi Kiyonari.

Byrne has already set his sights on an unprecedented fourth BSB win, having announced that he will stay with his winning Kawasaki team for the 2013 season.


Sunday 23rd December – 11.25am-1.25pm – ITV4

Louise Goodman looks back on Gordon Shedden’s championship winning season in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

In ITV4’s two-hour season review, originally broadcast in the weeks after Shedden’s triumph in the final meeting of the season in Brands Hatch, Goodman visits the newly crowned champion in Scotland for a more in-depth look at the highs and lows of his season and career in the BTCC.

In addition to the best of this season’s thrilling action, also included in the review are exclusive interviews with a number of the year’s more colourful characters on the circuit, filmed during the Finals Day weekend at Brands.

Plus, there’s an interview with 1989 and 1995 BTCC champion John Cleland, Scotland’s last winner of British motorsport’s biggest prize.


Part 1: Saturday 22nd December – 10.35am-11.35am – ITV4
Part 2: Sunday 23rd December – 10.20am-11.25am – ITV4

Craig Doyle presents a comprehensive review of the 2012 Isle of Man TT in two one-hour specials.


Saturday 29th December – 6.55am-7.55am – ITV4

Steve Rider and Amanda Stretton present all the highlights from the Festival of Speed, motorsport’s annual garden party in the grounds of Goodwood House.

Stars and cars from Formula 1, touring cars and rally-driving gather in a feast of motoring glitterati.


Saturday 29th December – 7.55am-8.55am – ITV4

Steve Rider and Amanda Stretton present coverage of the world’s only vintage motor racing event set totally in the glamorous post-war years.

It features an impressive array of priceless cars racing at their full potential, plus many celebrity drivers including Martin Brundle, Stirling Moss, Wayne Gardiner, John Surtees and Rowan Atkinson.

The show also includes a celebration of Dan Gurney, the Ferrari GTO, AC Cobra and the legendary Silver Arrows.


Saturday 29th December – 8.55am-9.55am – ITV4

Top motorcycling action from Northern Ireland in one of the country’s highlights of the two-wheel calendar.


Saturday 29th December – 9.55am-11.00am – ITV4

Another chance to see the documentary about the rise of superbike racing in the 1990s, with contributions from Frankie Chili, Carl Fogarty, Neil Hodgson, Keith Huewen, Julian Ryder and James Whitham.


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