Steve McQueen To James Hunt, Here's The iPlayer Sporting Gems To Get You Through

From F1 to football, we have brought you four brilliant sporting shows from the BBC
16:00, 23 Mar 2020

Right. You’ve seen everything on Netflix and you’ve scoured through the annals of Amazon Prime. So, what's next? Fear not, we've taken it upon ourselves to take a look at what sporting gems are hidden on the BBC iPlayer. We’ve made a shortlist for you to watch over the coming weeks.

Hunt v Lauda: F1’s Greatest Racing Rivals

The duel for the 1976 Driver’s Championship was one of the greatest of all time, held between two of the finest drivers of their generation. They simply were the greatest of sporting rivals and this 48-minute show perfectly captures their relationship, as Niki Lauda recovered from a horror crash. 

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In fact, the Ferrari manager at the time, Daniele Audetto, speaks of how the Austrian ace wanted to race just five weeks after his accident at the German Grand Prix, “His face was a mask of blood – my God, how can he race?”

But he did race and fought one of the closest title battles ever right to the end with James Hunt, with the final Grand Prix the decider. Get this watched.

Football Going Vegan

Former Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas looks into the rising trend of footballers going vegan. With documentaries such as The Game Changers on Netflix, and many a footballer gaining physical advantages from a plant-based diet, the former Premier League player takes a dive into just what is causing this trend, and does it work?

With Chris Smalling and Hector Bellerin two prime examples of top vegan footballers, this is well worth a watch if you are interested in health - or thinking of reducing your meat intake.

Shane Williams: Rugby, Concussion and Me

One of Wales’ finest rugby talents discusses a serious topic in the world of sport as he delves into the subject of concussion. Speaking to medical experts, the all-time top Welsh try-scorer attempts to understand how the sport is attempting to reduce serious head injuries.

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"It is an important issue for anyone, but I was a little bit worried about agreeing to do it at the start because I didn't want to be seen to be scaremongering mums and dads letting their children play rugby," Williams told the BBC. "Then I thought, if I don't do it, someone may do it who is not as positive about rugby as I am.” 

Steve McQueen: Le Mans and The Man

This documentary covers Steve McQueen and his desire to make a racing film. Doing most of his own stunts, he even drove a Porsche with a broken left foot to finish a 12-hour race such was his passion for the sport.

This particular documentary shows newly discovered material with private recordings of interviews with surviving members of the production team to reveal the true story of how the film was made. The documentary focuses on McQueen's efforts to set up his own production company, and film the 24-hour Le Mans race in 1970.

This features some serious crashes and injuries back when motor racing was a truly dangerous sport. It also reveals that McQueen had hoped to build a movie empire off this film, yet things did not go to plan. An intriguing watch, even if it flopped at the box office.

For more Le Mans content on the BBC you can also watch Sir Chris Hoy: 200mph at Le Mans, as the former Olympian looks to achieve a life-long goal of competing in the race.