MOTORSPORT: Isle of Man TT 2013 – Daily highlights on ITV4

May 26, 2013

The world’s greatest motorcycle road race returns to ITV4 in early June as riders from across the globe gather on the Isle of Man for 2013 TT Races.

This legendary event has attracted teams, riders and fans from around the world for more than 100 years and 2013 will be no
exception with a truly international line up assembled once more.

ITV4 will dedicate its prime time schedules to a raft of new documentaries, special features and extensive highlights of every race during the final week of this year’s event, which runs from May 25 to June 7.

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MOTORSPORT: Dakar Rally: Frontline to Finish Line – Documentary on ITV4

April 23, 2013

A new two-part documentary following a group of injured soldiers in their pursuit of being the first amputee team to take on the world’s toughest rally will be broadcast on ITV4 this week.

Dakar Rally: Frontline to Finish Line follows Race2Recovery, a team of seriously injured servicemen from Britain and the US, as they took on the world’s toughest and challenging rallys earlier this year.

The first one-hour episode will be shown on ITV4 and ITV4 HD at 9pm on Wednesday, April 24, followed by the second instalment on Friday, April 26, also at 9pm.

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RACING: Grand National 2013 – Live on Channel 4

March 28, 2013

The biggest test for racehorse and jockey awaits the runners of the world’s most famous horse race – the John Smith’s Grand National – live for the first time ever on Channel 4.

Known as the ‘People’s Race’, it captures the hearts and the imagination of inveterate racing fans and once-a-year viewers alike.

At four-and-a-half miles it is a marathon horse race in the extreme, severely testing the partnership between jockey and horse as they strive to clear 30 fences and negotiate two circuits of the famous Aintree course on their way to sporting immortality.

Channel 4 will broadcast the 2013 edition of the nation’s favourite horse race live on Saturday, April 6, as well as extensive coverage of all three days of the Aintree meeting (April 4-6), plus a range of support programming building up to the world’s most iconic horse race.

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MOTORSPORT: ‘Motor Racing at the BBC: That Petrol Emotion’ – New series on BBC Four

March 15, 2013

The glory days of British motor racing are to be celebrated in a new BBC Four series which buffs up some of the BBC’s most memorable coverage from the sport’s earliest days.

‘Motor Racing at the BBC: That Petrol Emotion’ is a five-part series which tells the compelling story of the early days of Formula 1 – from the 1950s through to the 1970s – courtesy of images from the BBC archives.

From track to paddock to a changing Britain beyond, and driven by a powerful period soundtrack, this new series is motor racing’s version of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Years’.

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RACING: ‘Jump Boys’ – Documentary on Channel 4

March 5, 2013

Ahead of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival, Channel 4 will screen a candid documentary that explores the extraordinary lives and bravery of National Hunt jockeys.

Three of Ireland’s top jockeys, Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty and Davy Russell, allowed exclusive fly-on-the-wall access to their National Hunt season from November 2011 to April 2012.

The one-hour Jump Boys documentary, narrated by Alastair Down, gives viewers an in-depth, no-holds-barred glimpse into one of the toughest professions in world sport.

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FOOTBALL: ‘First Among Equals: The Laurie Cunningham Story’ – New documentary on ITV

March 4, 2013

The story of Laurie Cunningham, who became the first black footballer to play for England at any level when he was selected for an under-21 international against Scotland in 1977, is to be told in a new ITV documentary.

A watershed moment in both British sport and culture, ‘First Among Equals: The Laurie Cunningham Story’ reflects on the ground-breaking career of the first black footballer to pull on an England shirt, whose impact on the game continues to be felt decades after he was killed in a car accident aged just 33.

Featuring interviews with Vincente Del Bosque, Cyrille Regis, Viv Anderson, Peter Reid, Ian Wright, John Barnes, Paul Ince and many more, the documentary will be broadcast on Wednesday, March 6th at 10.35pm on ITV, and at 11.05pm on STV and UTV.

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TV: BBC Three to air Oscar Pistorius documentary

February 21, 2013

BBC Three will screen a fast-turnaround one-off documentary on the murder of Reeva Steenkamp who was allegedly shot to death by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius.

The South African superstar, who won two gold medals and a silver at the Paralympic Games in London in 2012, is accused of murder, though pleads not guilty.

Rick Edwards, who recently made his debut fronting BBC Three’s Free Speech and presented Channel 4’s breakfast show during the Paralympics last summer, will present the new BBC Three documentary entitled ‘Oscar Pistorious: What Really Happened?’.

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