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Clare Balding presents a 30-part series charting how sport has shaped the British and how Britain has shaped sport

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    • 4.8 • 34 Ratings

Clare Balding presents a 30-part series charting how sport has shaped the British and how Britain has shaped sport

    The State of Play

    The State of Play

    Clare Balding with Professors Richard Holt, Tony Collins and Mike Cronin explores the cultural importance of the great triviality that is sport.
    The series was made in partnership with The International Centre for Sports History and Culture at de Montfort University.
    Producer: Lucy Lunt
    Executive Editor: Ian Bent.

    • 13 min
    Globalisation

    Globalisation

    Clare Balding explores the way global television has changed our relationship with sport forever. It's no longer seasonal and is bankrolled by TV income and it bows to TV's needs.
    This series was made in partnership with The International Centre for Sport History and Culture.

    Technical presentation: John Benton
    Producer: Sara Conkey.

    • 13 min
    Rugby's Big Bang

    Rugby's Big Bang

    Clare Balding explores why Rugby Union tried to stand firm against the encroaching tide of professionalism and in August 1995, lost.
    One by one the old bastions of the sporting gentleman had fallen in the 1960s and 1970s. Cricket, tennis and athletics had all abandoned the Victorian distinction between amateurs and professionals. The word 'amateur' had almost become an insult. But of all the major sports, only one continued to uphold the banner - rugby union. It had introduced strict amateur rules into the game in 1886 and ever since had been determined to uphold them. Prof Tony Collins explains that when the Thatcher era did away with the old school tie mentality and money became an acceptable topic of conversation there was only one way rugby could go.
    This series was made in partnership with The International Centre for Sport History and Culture.

    Technical presentation: John Benton
    Producer: Sara Conkey.

    • 13 min
    Golden Girls

    Golden Girls

    In the final week of her series exploring how sport made Britain and Britain made sport, Clare Balding looks at the female British athletes of the 1960's who finally took centre stage on the podium and in the press.
    She visits the home of the Birchfield Harriers in Birmingham, one of the country's leading athletics clubs. There she meets Norma Blaine who'd been coaching young women athletes since 1951. Norma remembers when women were unable to compete in any distance race over two hundred metres. Her friend, Diane Leather ran a five minute mile, (breaking the women's world record), the same week as Bannister broke the male world record but Diane's achievement was never acknowledged.
    Clare explores the legacy of Anita Lonsborough,Dorothy Hyman, Anne Packer, Mary Rand and Lillian Board and asks if this golden age of female athletes can ever be repeated.
    The series has been made with The International Centre for Sport History and Culture at De Montfort University in Leicester.
    Technical presentation: John Benton
    Producer: Lucy Lunt.

    • 12 min
    Sport for All

    Sport for All

    Clare Balding asks why and when did the British government get involved in sport. How did sport become part of politics, in a country which had always prided itself on keeping them apart?
    The Nazis threw immense resources behind the German team for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, while the British Foreign Office still thought sport should be, ' a private affair between private individuals' free of government interference. However by the 1950's post war politicians began to think that physical recreation and games might be a cure for the general apathy and discontent of British youth as exemplified by the teddy boys, mods and rockers of the era.
    Professor Tony Mason of The International Centre for Sport Culture and History at De Montfort University explains the importance of the 1957 Wolfenden Committee's report in broadening access to sporting facilities for all sectors of society.
    Technical presentation: John Benton
    Producer: Lucy Lunt.

    • 12 min
    Beating Us at Our Own Game

    Beating Us at Our Own Game

    Clare Balding takes a look at Britain's most successful export ever - football. Yet in giving it to others, the British lost control of the game they had created and crafted. Clare, with the help of Prof Tony Mason of The International Centre for Sport History and Culture at De Montfort University, looks at our troubled relationship with the sport's governing body FIFA and asks if a British team will ever again come close to winning the World Cup.

    Readers: Sean Baker and Nyasha Hatendi
    Technical Presentation: John Benton
    Producer: Garth Brameld.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

QE ,

Exceptional.

A brilliant, authoritative, history of the relationship between British society and sport. Ideal for those with a casual interest or those with a more academic interest in the History of Sport. It'll go straight into my classroom…

Well worth a listen.

Clarey B ,

Catrina

This series is fabulous. Thank you

Dco570 ,

Excellent

Highly informative and intersting pod. Top stuff.

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