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12 sports docs and events to watch now

12 sports docs and events to watch now


How can you get your sports fix when there are no sports to watch? Well, in a lot of ways, actually! Check out how…

By Laura Rutkowski, Staff Writer

While organised sport has been put on hold for the foreseeable future, your weekends might feel a little empty, but we have plenty you can fill your time with instead. Get closer to some of your biggest sporting heroes and relive your favourite moments with documentaries, films and footage from previous matches or games.


If you’re already thinking about the summer and wondering what to look forward to, the BBC has got you covered. The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games will be shown this spring on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Instead of Euro 2020, this June and July will deliver the most memorable recent international matches.

Best matches and moments from Wimbledon, the World Snooker Championships and previous Olympic Games will also air on the service. Match Of The Day has been renamed Match Of Their Day as the football pundits discuss their favourite Premier League matches and best bits from over the years.


Meanwhile, the ITV Hub will air all 31 games from Euro ’96, the year it very almost came home, and ITV4 will also play out the five games that featured England, as well as the final between Germany and the Czech Republic.


Until then, brush up on your knowledge of the beautiful game(s) – we don’t just mean football – with our 12 top telly picks…


1. George Best: All By Himself

Find it in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer

Documentary on the short-lived career and troubled life of legendary Manchester United footballer George Best.

2. 2018 FIFA World Cup: The Official Film

Find it on YouTube (CH 198)

The best World Cup ever? Quite possibly. Relive the highs and lows of the tournament with the official film.

3. Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans

Find it in Catch Up> Channels > BBC iPlayer

Follow Hollywood icon Steve McQueen’s obsessive pursuit of making the “ultimate racing movie” by watching this compelling documentary.

4. When Snooker Ruled The World

Find it in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer

Take a closer look at how snooker became one of the most unmissable sports of the 1980s.

5. FIFA’s #WorldCupAtHome

Find it on YouTube (CH 198) 

Watch full World Cup and Women’s World Cup matches from throughout the years. Tune in tonight at 7pm for Brazil v France when Germany hosted in 2006. On Saturday 4 April at 5pm, Brazil takes on Argentina from Italy’s 1990 tournament, and on Sunday 5, Portugal goes up against Spain from 2018, held in Russia.


Who said there wouldn’t be sport at the weekend?

6. Cheer

Find it on Netflix

Follow the Texas-based Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team as they prepare to compete in the National Cheerleading Championship in Daytona, Florida. Definitive proof that cheerleading absolutely is a sport!

7. Killer Inside: The Mind Of Aaron Hernandez

Find it on Netflix

From professional American football player to convicted murderer, Aaron Hernandez is the subject of this true crime series that explores his rise and fall.


8. Inside The Cage: The Rise Of Female Fighters

Find it in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer

Mixed martial arts is one of the fastest growing sports in Britain. Meet the women making names for themselves and testing their limits to become the next champions.   

9. Diego Maradona

Find it in Catch Up > Channels > All 4 

Asif Kapadia’s acclaimed portrait of one of football’s most divisive superstars. Use your own “hand of God” to pick up that remote and press play.

10. John McEnroe: Still Rockin’ At 60

Find it in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer

The tennis star shows no signs of slowing down, as he continues to make headlines off the court. Sue Barker visits McEnroe at his New York home and meets his family and childhood friends.

11. The Summer Football Came Home

Find it on YouTube (CH 198)

This nostalgic documentary explores how England’s run to the Euro ’96 semi-finals lifted the nation.

12. Dark Side Of The Ring

Find it in Catch Up > Channels > All 4 

Each episode covers a specific event within the golden age of professional wrestling – spotlighting its most controversial figures.


How to watch YouTube on Virgin Media

If you have a TiVo® box or Virgin TV V6 box, powered by TiVo®:


Press Home on your remote

Select Apps & Games

Select All Apps 

Select YouTube

How to watch Netflix with Virgin TV

If you have a TiVo® box or Virgin TV V6 box, powered by TiVo®:


Press home on your remote

Select Apps & Games

Select All Apps 

Select Netflix


If you’re already a Netflix subscriber, you can also access the app through Search & Discover or by pressing Red on channel 204. Just sign in with your existing login and start watching. And you’ll only have to log in the first time you use it. 


If you’re new to Netflix, then you’ll need to subscribe to use the app. The easiest way to do this is by going to You can also subscribe using the Netflix app in Apps & Games.

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