Yep, back again. Nope, not out and about, meeting up with our mates or heading to the football but instead sat in front of the television, again. You’ve watched every minute of The Crown, Money Heist kept you going for a few months and Tiger King feels like a lifetime ago, but what about those gripping sports shows you can watch? Luckily Amazon Prime has asserted itself as one of the top content providers, not only showing live Premier League football this season but also hosting some outstanding sports documentaries. Below are our picks for five of the best...
All Or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur
Amazon’s All or Nothing series is the blueprint for how a modern sports documentary should be put together. With behind the scenes access taking you inside the changing room, inside the training ground and into the manager’s office, there is no surprise Amazon have knocked out eleven of these, across three sports. Our pick of the bunch is the Tottenham Hotspur edition. Not only is it the newest, but with their recent success under Jose Mourinho, you see exactly how he works and deals with players, ranging from the perfect Harry Kane to the frustrating Dele Alli. Mou, as always, is box office.
Fire In Babylon
‘The Test’ may have taken all the cricket headlines on Amazon Prime recently and rightly so as it follows the Australian cricket team through ‘sandpaper-gate’, turmoil and redemption but for a slightly different flavour check out Fire in Babylon. This tells the tale of the iconic West Indies side of the 1970s and 1980s, who dominated the sport for 15 years with their quartet of fast bowlers. In an era where few batsmen wore helmets, the Windies bullied their opponents into submission. Featuring a lot more than just cricket, this is a brilliant watch.
In 2020 we sadly said goodbye to arguably the greatest footballer of all time. If you weren't lucky enough to be alive during his playing days, or simply want to relive his life and career, watch this. In truth, this is our favourite documentary on Prime right now. Taking you through his career, with a special focus on his time in Naples, where he achieved a god-like status, this is a stunning watch.
Everybody’s Game, from England and Bath prop Beno Obano, is not like any of the others on this list, instead covering a major issue in rugby: the lack of BAME players. Only ten percent of all rugby union players are from minority backgrounds, while that figure is 70% in the NFL. This documentary also features the likes of Maro Itoje and Anthony Watson, as the players discuss their route into the game and what needs to change for that figure to grow. With these boys leading the way, we are on the right path.
If you are from the United Kingdom you will likely have a preconceived opinion of Fernando Alonso. For years he was the villain to Lewis Hamilton’s own superhero movie, but what is he really like, behind the helmet? Fernando gives us unparalleled access into his life, covering his highs and lows and shows us what it takes to be a top racing driver. If you are into Formula One, get this on your watch list.