RACING: Investec Derby 2013 – Live on Channel 4

May 26, 2013

Britain’s richest horse race – the Investec Derby, considered the most prestigious of the UK’s five classics – returns to Channel 4 for the first time in 13 years.

Dating back to 1780, the Epsom Derby is still ranked the greatest flat race in the world and with winnings of £1.25m it has one of the biggest prize pots in UK racing, matched only by the prestige that victory on the famous course brings.

Ten live races will be broadcast on Channel 4 over the two days, featuring the Investec Oaks on Friday, May 31, followed by the blue-riband Investec Derby on Saturday, June 1, at 4.00pm.

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TV: BT Sport announces on-air presentation line-up

May 9, 2013

BT Sport has revealed its full line-up of presenters, analysts, commentators and reporters ahead the network’s launch this summer.

Among the BT team are some big name signings from the worlds of football, rugby union and tennis, plus brief details of two new regular sports magazine shows presented by Clare Balding and Tim Lovejoy.

Alongside a raft of major announcements made at BT Sport’s new headquarters on the Olympic Park, the channel’s advertising campaign hits television screens which reveasl the exciting and accessible personality of its new channels.

BT Sport has also set its launch date – Thursday, August 1, 2013.

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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: Channel 4 stages horse race through streets of Liverpool to promote Grand National coverage

March 19, 2013

Liverpool’s iconic city centre is the backdrop for a horse race as Channel 4 filmed a brand new marketing campaign ahead of its first ever Grand National, featuring a 10 horse race through the streets of the city.

Ahead of the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National meeting which takes place on April 4-6, the race featured horses and jockeys racing through the streets around Everton Park in the city – including jumping through back gardens, allotments; over cars and picnic benches.

Over 50 hours of footage was captured from 25 cameras that has been encapsulated into a 90-second trailer which premiered on all Channel 4 networks (C4, E4, More4 and Film4) at 9.00pm on Tuesday, March 19.

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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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MOTORSPORT: Manx Grand Prix documentary to air on ITV4

February 4, 2013

ITV4 will screen a new documentary film which chronicles the thrills and spills of the annual Manx Grand Prix on February 5.

Entitled Grand Prix Racer, the production focuses on the eventual goings on at both the 2012 and 2011 editions of the event on the Isle of Man.

Produced by island-based company Greenlight Television, it is hoped that the broadcast will raise the profile of the event, which remains one of the most popular events of its kind in the world.

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CYCLING: Tour Down Under 2013 – Live on Sky Sports

January 16, 2013

The 2013 road cycling season begins in Australia as a selection of the sport’s top riders gather for the 15th Santos Tour Down Under, with extensive coverage on Sky Sports from January 20-27.

The 2013 edition of Australia’s six-stage competition takes riders on a 758km journey in search of the distinctive Ochre Jersey around the picturesque city of Adelaide, concluding with a 20-lap race on the city’s council street circuit.

Sky Sports will screen extensive coverage of the opening event of the 2013 UCI World Tour with all six stages of the race to be broadcast live for the first time.

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SNOOKER: Betfair Masters 2013 – Live on BBC TV & British Eurosport

January 9, 2013

BBC Sport and British Eurosport will have full coverage of the 2013 Betfair Masters, snooker’s most prestigious invitation event featuring 16 of the world’s leading players.

The tournament promises to be the perfect start to the new year for all snooker fans and will be played at one of London’s finest venues, Alexandra Palace, which stages the event for the second successive year.

Extensive live coverage of all eight days of the event begins on Sunday, January 13, concluding with the showpiece final a week later.

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WINTER SPORTS: Ski Sunday returns for the 2013 season on BBC Two

January 2, 2013

The new series of the BBC’s long-running Ski Sunday begins on January 13 and will feature all the thrills and excitement of the men’s and women’s World Cup skiing season as well as the usual mix of news and views from the world of winter sports.

Regular presenters Graham Bell and Ed Leigh return to front the 35th series across seven weeks on BBC Two and BBC HD, culminating with the FIS Alpine World Skiing Championships in Schladming, Austria from February 4-17.

They will joined by Olympic skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams, who retired from skeleton last year, as all three also look ahead to some of top British hopefuls for medals at next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, now just 13 months away.

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FOOTBALL: Gary Speed tribute on S4C

December 20, 2012

A moving documentary about the life and legacy of the late Gary Speed will be broadcast by S4C on Thursday, December 27 at 8.25pm.

Presented by his former Wales team-mate John Hartson, the programme is the first detailed portrait to be broadcast on television with the full co-operation of Gary’s family.

The documentary will examine the personal qualities that made Gary so highly regarded and universally admired by those from inside and outside the game.

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LONDON 2012: Channel 4 Paralympics campaign wins major awards

December 13, 2012

Channel 4’s ‘Meet The Superhumans’ tag-line for the London 2012 Paralympic Games has emerged as one of the most successful marketing campaigns of the year after winning a host of awards.

As well as sweeping the board at the Promax Awards and the British Television Advertising Awards, Channel 4’s innovative work on promoting the Paralympics has also been given the prestigious Campaign of the Year award by Campaign magazine.

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MOTORSPORT: Racing Legends – New series on BBC Two

November 27, 2012

A new series celebrating the lives of three legendary names from the world of motorsport will be broadcast as part of BBC Two’s Christmas schedule.

Racing Legends follows three high-profile car enthusiasts as they retrace the steps of Great British racing legends – Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart and Colin McRae.

Through a combination of revealing interviews with family and friends and fascinating archive footage, each celebrity will pay tribute to the racing legend by learning what made them great by spending time with them and the people who knew them best.

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