By Richard Haynes
This publication presents the 1st designated account of the formative a long time of BBC televised game whilst it introduced its flagship programmes Sportsview, Grandstand and Match of the Day. in line with vast archival learn within the BBC’s written information and interviews with top manufacturers, editors and commentators of the interval, it offers a ‘behind-the-scenes’ narrative heritage of this significant establishment of British cultural existence. In 2016 the BBC celebrated the 50th anniversary of its tv insurance of England’s global Cup victory. Their insurance produced essentially the most oft-played moments within the historical past of tv, Kenneth Wolstenholme’s recognized line: ‘Some individuals are at the pitch, they suspect it’s all over the place … it really is now!’ as Geoff Hurst scored England’s fourth target, securing England’s 4-2 victory. It was once a landmark in English soccer in addition to a watershed within the BBC’s hugely professionalised method of televised recreation. How the BBC reached this top of tv services, and who was once at the back of their luck in constructing the innovations of televised activity, is the focal point of this book.
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51 The promise reflected an interest in the wider social setting for the horse-race, with the formality of the well-healed spectators in the grandstand to the crowds that flocked to participate in the occasion. A camera was positioned atop of the Scanner van, placed between the unsaddling enclosure and Barnard’s Stand, which would allow a varied range of crowd scenes. Finally, experiments in the coverage of golf at Alexandra Park were expanded to Coombe Hill Golf Course in Surrey for a 72-hole match between Bobby Locke and Reg Whitcombe, then British open champion, for £500 prize money.
As television evolved, and relations with governing bodies of sport grew with it, claims and counterclaims that television transformed or threatened sport in some way became something of a game itself. Further Alexandra Palace events were televised in 1938, and the BBC experimented with their production practices, trying different presenters and commentators including Leslie Mitchell, former boxers Harold Cox and Lionel Seccombe (a former heavyweight boxer and Oxford blue) and radio broadcaster John Snagge.
However, such distinctions were problematic, and in each sport the way the values and practices of class difference played out was contingent on a range of circumstances and processes. 8 The general sporting malaise of the immediate post-war era was therefore characterised by increased interest across different strata LOBBY, DIMMOCK AND THE MONOPOLY IN POST-WAR TELEVISED SPORT 43 of society, but with divergent social and cultural meanings associated with it dependent on social background. There remains historical debate as to whether women’s sport declined after the war.