SPORTS TV

With no live action on TV for the foreseeable, sports fans up and down the country are desperate for a small-screen sporting fix. Here are a few stand out titles for TV series to binge watch during your self-isolation – we’ve featured a mix of sports and included both serious and fun shows, so there’s something to suit every mood.

BBC

Match of the Day's Top 10

Football fans across the nation are missing settling in to Match of the Day on a Saturday night. To help, viewers can now watch the team (Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Ian Wright) sit down in Gary’s kitchen to record the Top 10 podcast, putting together lists of their top-rated captains, goal scorers and more.

NETFLIX

Losers

Taking an unusual approach to sporting stories, each Losers episode chronicles how an athlete or team handled failure in a culture that’s all about winning. It’s a fascinating and heart-warming look at the psychology of sports. Jaws of Victory, about Torquay United, is a particularly memorable episode.

NETFLIX

Last Chance U

This fascinating documentary series follows several college level athletes who must overcome difficult upbringings and challenging backgrounds. There are four parts to watch on Netflix, with two based at East Mississippi Community College, and two focussing on the football program at Independence Community College in Kansas.

NETFLIX

Drive to Survive

A must-watch even for those who might think they’re not keen on Formula 1, this ground-breaking documentary offers a true insider’s perspective on this glamourous sport. You’ll get to know the drivers, understand just how technical the sport is, and relive some of the most exciting races of recent years.

NETFLIX

Cheer

Those who think cheerleading isn’t a sport should give this cult Netflix show a go. Follow the cheer squad at Navarro College in Texas as they attempt to clinch the coveted national title – it’s got it all, from competition and camaraderie to heartbreak and heroism.

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

All or Nothing: Manchester City

There are several series of All or Nothing worth checking out. This eight-part football documentary follows Manchester City on their record-breaking 2017-18 season, offering incredible access behind the scenes at one of the world’s top clubs. The fly-on-the-wall style means its compelling viewing whether you’re a Citizen or not.

ESPN

ESPN 30 for 30

The ESPN Player offers access to hundreds of titles to while away your days with. The Classic Films section features some of the iconic 30 for 30 films, which spotlight classic moments in sporting history across the globe. We particularly recommend The 16th Man, Muhammad and Larry, and Into the Wind.

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks

The All Blacks are celebrated across the globe as the epitome of sporting success. The show takes a refreshing look at the way the All Blacks legacy affects players, coaches and fans, with a great interspersing of personal stories and larger

NETFLIX

Spinning Out

This drama series about a figure skater returning to the ice after an injury is a fantastic watch that fascinatingly deals with both issues of mental illness and the trials and tribulations of the world of competitive ice skating. Kaya Scodelario and January Jones head up a great cast.

NETFLIX

Sunderland ‘Til I Die

The second season of this fascinating documentary was released last week, just in time for self-isolation viewing. The series was made by lifelong fans of the team, and brilliantly documents the ins and outs of life at Sunderland. It’s a great companion piece to All or Nothing: Manchester City on Amazon, documenting two very different EFL fortunes.

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

Andy Murray: Resurfacing

One of the UK’s most iconic, beloved and high-achieving sports stars, Andy Murray’s career was derailed by a series of devastating injuries; this unflinching documentary follows the Scot on his recovery journey between 2017 and 2019. There’s some gritty moments, heart-breaking scenes and plenty of Murray’s trademark wit.

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

The Edge

Charting the England cricket team’s historic and meteoric rise to the number one spot in the world rankings from 2009 to 2013, this funny, shocking, compelling and truly fascinating documentary is a must-see for any Test cricket fans (and is perfect to indoctrinate those who think cricket is “boring”!).

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