Drama on TV? Check out these five sporting highlights

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Sometimes the most inspiring dramas are those without a script. From time to time, the most moving, exciting and memorable TV moments occur organically, off the cuff and in the white heat of the moment.

Sport on TV is not everybody’s cup of tea, but every so often there comes a moment that simply captures the public imagination in a way that defies all description.

Remember Mo Farah’s golden feats at the London Olympics? What about David Beckam’s free kick in 2001 to take England to the European finals when all seemed lost? Or Jonny Wilkinson’s last-minute drop goal to deliver World Cup glory for the English rugby team in 2003? They don’t write scripts like that anymore.

Over the coming few months there are countless hours of sport on the schedules. Here are a few of the sporting moments of 2015 that we think are likely to stick in the memory…


Nineteen-time champion jockey AP McCoy announced recently that 2015 will be his last season in the saddle. The great man is a national hero, BBC sports personality of the year in 2010 – which was the year he finally triumphed in the Grand National, and winner of more than 3,000 races. No-one knows which race will mark his retirement – it may even come at the Cheltenham Festival in mid-March. When it does come, don’t expect there to be many dry eyes about. It will be the curtain call to one of the most incredible sporting epics.

The richest game in football is often the most dramatic as well. This is not the European or FA Cup finals but, as the Championship betting gets down to the wire, the Championship play-off final to decide the third and final promotion place to the Premier League is estimated to be worth something in the order of £60 million to the winner. Invariably it produces one of the most highly-charged atmospheres and one of the best games of the season.

In the Autumn, England will stage the rugby World Cup. With English hopes riding high on the basis of home advantage and a barnstorming start to the Six Nations, don’t be surprised if the world goes bonkers for the oval ball game. Scotland, Ireland and Wales, too, are all in with a competitive shout as the northern hemisphere teams compete for a rare success. Throw in the patriotic pageantry that is part and parcel of international rugby and there are bound to be both heroes and villains emerging from the mayhem of rucks and mauls.

The announcement that the BBC have been unable to match Sky’s bid for coverage of the Open golf Championship from 2017 will cast the next two years’ events into a strangely nostalgic mood. The Open has been a staple of British TV summers for over half a century. It will be 61 years when Peter Alliss and company finally bow out. Cue more misty-eyed sentiment.

And finally there is Wimbledon. Nothing defines a British summer so much as the green, green grass of SW19, strawberries and cream and another tilt at the title from our own home-grown love-him-or-hate-him Andy Murray. Still on the BBC’s list of protected events, Wimbledon fortnight invariably provides a tension-filled drama for all the family.


2015 promises much for armchair fans but the beauty of sport is that no-one can say precisely how the drama will unfold. All we spectators can do is watch and wait.

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