Luís Figo was the most coveted player in world football when he took to the balcony of the gothic Palau de la Generalitat, the home of Catalonia’s president, on a balmy summer’s evening in 1998. Wearing his club suit, with his hair dyed blue and red, he celebrated Barcelona’s latest league title in front of a delirious crowd by grabbing the microphone and chanting: “blancos, llorones; felicita las campeones!” “Real Madrid, you cry- babies, hail the champions!” Two years later he took to the field at the Camp Nou, Barcelona’s stadium, wearing the white of Real Madrid. He was the first player to join Real’s fabled “Galácticos” revolution under Florentino Pérez. He was the most expensive and best-paid footballer in the world. He was the most hated man in Catalonia.
With access to Luís Figo and the men who brokered the deal that shattered the transfer record, divided a nation and shaped modern football; The Figo Affair reveals the engrossing story of how his move came to pass, a twisting tale of backroom deals, a truly historic sporting rivalry, a deep cultural divide, and a pig’s head.
Gareth Dodds, Will Kane, Tom Wood, Vaughan Sivell
Archive Researchers/ Producer:
Sampson Collins, James RM Hunt, Paula Desiderio, Richard Wiseman, Ollie Duffin
Getty/ BBC, ITV, North One, BBC, Kinolibrary
Haviland Digital, Mark Stewart Productions, Western Edge Pictures
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GAZZA is a deeply personal portrait of Paul Gascoigne, one football's most famous tragic heroes. It is also an insight into 20 years of modern British history as it charts the creation of the media's lust for celebrity news stories.
Told solely with contemporaneous archive, GAZZA gives a startling new perspective on the profoundly immoral and illegal lengths the tabloid press went to in order to gain access to Paul's private life and manipulate it for their own gain.
Dawn Porter, Nicole Newnham
Clare Smith Marash, Nicole Newnham, Dawn Porter, Camille Servan-Schreiber, Alexandria Cooper, Spencer Barry, Chantre Camack, Scott Siebers, Sharee Stephens
Archive Researcher/ Producer:
Rachel Antell, Jennifer Petrucelli
Getty Images, NBC News Archives, Associated Press, ABC News Videosource, CBS News Archives, Veritone, Historic Films Archive LLC
ESPN Films, Trilogy Films, Industrial Media
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“37 Words” tells the inspiring story of Title IX – the hard-fought battle to push for equal rights in education and athletics; the decades-spanning effort to nullify its impact; and the rippling impacts of the landmark civil rights law that continue to resonate today. Featuring Billie Jean King, Gloria Steinem, Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Barack Obama and legendary figures in sports and politics that played a critical role in passing and maintaining the legislation.
The four-part series charts the spectacular transformation that 37 words have inspired in American culture and the lives of women, as well as the many ways in which the spirit of this bold law has yet to be fully realized.
Rai Teche, GettyImages / BBC Sport, Kinolibrary, British Pathé / Reuters, Archivio Luce
Sky Italia, Luce Cinecittà, Fandango
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We are talking about the years from 1976 to 1980. The sport is tennis. We are in Italy and the trophy we are battling for is the Davis Cup. The team is made up of four players: Adriano Panatta, the rockstar, Corrado Barazzutti, Mr. Second Best, Paolo Bertolucci, the sidekick and Tonino Zugarelli, the working-class hothead.
During this 5-year period they reached the final four times, only winning once, in 1976 against Chile. A political storm swirled around that final, with enormous controversy over the opportunity to go and play with the colors of Italy in Chile under the dictator Pinochet. The finals reached but eventually lost are in 1977 against Australia, in 1979 against the USA and in 1980 against Czechoslovakia. In the first two outings, 1976 and 1977, the team has as their non-player captain an Italian tennis legend, Nicola Pietrangeli, who only a few years earlier retired from competitive activity. He would be sacked by his own team after the 1977 defeat, and he still speaks of it as the greatest betrayal of his life. He is the fifth protagonist in our story. Above all, we talk about a team.
John McKenna, Torquil Jones
Archive Producer/ Researcher:
Richard Wiseman, Cristina Miro, Paola Desiderio, Beba Gabanelli
Formula 1, Fiat Ferrari, Motorsport Images, Andrew Mariott, Various Sourced Private Individuals' Archive Materials
Noah Media Group, Sky Studios
Villeneuve Pironi tells the astonishing story of Canadian legend Gilles Villeneuve and French star Didier Pironi, two fearless Ferrari Formula 1 racing drivers, forever torn apart by a historic and hugely controversial moment in time.
Forty years on from the infamous and tragic 1982 Formula One season, the families of Canadian icon Gilles Villeneuve & French superstar Didier Pironi unite for the first time to reveal one of sport’s greatest untold stories.
In the midst of modern racing’s most dangerous era, two daring Ferrari teammates were battling for the world championship, but at the San Marino Grand Prix Pironi broke an unwritten agreement, “stealing” victory from his close friend Villeneuve on the final lap.
This act of “betrayal” broke a sacred bond and their relationship soon spiralled into a vengeful rivalry. Villeneuve and Pironi would never speak to each other again, and within a matter of weeks tragedy would strike.
In a plot laden with mystery and intrigue, each compelling twist and turn is revealed as the film uncovers the truth behind that unwritten agreement on the last fateful lap.