BT Sport Films: Your perfect festive TV feast
Settle in and enjoy a superb range of sports documentaries from our award-winning team this Christmas.
After a year to forget we've got the perfect way to help you see out 2020, so settle in and enjoy our unrivalled range of brilliant sports documentaries this festive period.
Every BT Sport Film is available for subscribers to watch on btsport.com and on the BT Sport app, where users can browse the extensive selection from the homepage.
Another huge year is on the horizon for BT Sport Films with many more titles set for release. In the meantime, read on for brief summaries of the 10 most recent films so you can find out exactly why each one is a must-watch.
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Bosman: The Player Who Changed Football is the story of how an unheralded footballer with a steadfast belief left an indelible mark on the sport at a devastating human cost.
It explores how Belgian midfielder Jean-Marc Bosman redefined the footballing landscape and changed the destiny of thousands of professional players who have succeeded him, by allowing out-of-contract employees to leave clubs on free transfers.
But who is the invisible man who changed history?
Proud To Be Town is the first full-length documentary to highlight the profound impact of the coronavirus pandemic on football.
Filmed and produced in lockdown, while adhering to social distancing and remote ways of working, the production uniquely features self-shot contributions led by the manager, along with his family, players and other key figures from the club as National League’s Harrogate Town push for promotion.
Will a season like no other end in glory for the fashionable spa town club?
Greavsie tells the tale of the meteoric rise, tragic fall, and glorious reinvention of one of England’s greatest strikers Jimmy Greaves, with rarely seen archive footage and interviews with some of the game’s biggest names.
Despite his accolades, he has never been recognised in any honours list, he missed England’s crowning glory at the 1966 World Cup and his unique story hasn’t reached modern audiences.
Contributors include Harry Redknapp, Sir Geoff Hurst, Ian St John, Denis Law, George Cohen, Pat Jennings, Gary Lineker, Glenn Hoddle, Barry Davies, Alan Mullery, Ron Harris and Rio Ferdinand.
Stop the Tour is the story of how sport changed South Africa and why it was needed.
The film showcases the powerful impact that protest movements had and is a reminder of the symbiotic relationship that binds sport and society.
Siya Kolisi lifted the 2019 Rugby World Cup in a landmark moment for post-apartheid South Africa. But without the Stop the Tour protests, a multi-racial team, captained by a black man born into destitution, rising to rule the rugby world once again would not have been possible.
Team of the Eighties chronicles the rise and fall of a club that went from unfashionable also-rans to one of the most glamorous in the land.
Narrated by lifelong Crystal Palace fan Bill Nighy, with contributions from former players including Vince Hilaire, Jim Cannon, Ian Evans and Peter Nicholas, it offers a captivating and irreverent look at how two of the most colourful characters in English football history transformed Palace into contenders.
Liverpool’s all-conquering side dominated discourse, but what’s the story of the team tipped to rule the decade?
The Gaffer offers an intimate and compelling insight into the life of five National League managers in and out of the dugout.
The film provides an extraordinary fly-on-the wall account of life in charge of non-league clubs, including Harrogate Town, Bromley FC, Maidstone United, Eastleigh and Hartlepool United.
Forget everything you thought you knew. The Gaffer is an unflinching account of life in a world, which is prone to immediate judgement, in a society where perception trumps reality.
State of Play, based on the bestselling book by Michael Calvin, is a continuation of the acclaimed author’s fascination with the human side football - a game that makes children of us all.
The film offers a captivating insight into the heart of the game which is a microcosm of a harsh, hysterical society.
“My aim was to make the film something that gives people an insight into the full range of issues within the game, but you humanise the issues. So you do that through the people who experience those issues,” Calvin told btsport.com.
Two Tribes explores the dichotomy between the searing highs of Liverpool and Everton football clubs and the socio-economic decline in a city, where football and politics are so inextricably linked.
The once-great port city of the British Empire was on its knees in the 1980s, caught in a post-industrial impasse.
Against this backdrop rose the city’s two football teams. Liverpool and Everton dominated the domestic and European scene in the 1980s, offering Liverpudlians some respite from the hardship of everyday life.
Too Good To Go Down, based on the book by acclaimed football author Wayne Barton, is the story of how Manchester United fell from grace and then climbed off the canvas after the retirement of legendary manager Sir Matt Busby.
Thirteen years prior to the arrival of unheralded manager Sir Alex Ferguson, another Scot presided over one of the darkest days in the club’s storied history.
Tommy Docherty’s Manchester United were relegated from the First Division in 1973, just six years after winning the European Cup.
How did the club so synonymous with success suffer the unthinkable?
Shoulder to Shoulder
Rugby union legend Brian O’Driscoll takes viewers on a personal journey across Irish sporting and political history in Shoulder to Shoulder.
Fifty years since the start of The Troubles, the film captures the remarkable history of the Irish national rugby union team, which despite violence, opposition and partition in Ireland, has brought together players and fans from two countries and united them on and off the pitch.
Ireland has been divided not just on a map but by politics, history and religion. However, the Irish Rugby Union has continued to be the governing body of rugby, leading to the remarkable situation of players from two countries competing as one.