VIEWERS GET AN ATHLETICS BONANZA
AS a prelude to the IAAF World Championships, this weekend sees two athletics documentaries, plus a magazine style programme fronted by Jessica Ennis-Hill on the BBC.
Shortly after the Brendan Foster documentary on Saturday lunchtime (see above) BBC2 will be showing
Jessica Ennis Hill and The Next
Generation from 4.30-5pm.
The programme will see EnnisHill looking at the new stars of British athletics, such as Olympic hammer bronze medallist Sophie Hitchon, middle-distance runner Laura Muir, marathon man Josh Griffiths and sprinters Shannon Hylton and Nethaneel MitchellBlake.
On Sunday July 30, on BBC1 from 10.30-11.20pm there is a
documentary called The Heroes of Super Saturday: Jess, Mo and Greg,
where four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson looks back at the London Games in 2012 and the fortunes of Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford.
Then, on Thursday August 3 at 7pm on BBC2 there will be a onehour preview to the IAAF World Championships.
Gabby Logan will be joined by Michael Johnson, Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis and Paula Radcliffe as they look ahead to the big event of the summer.
As for the subsequent World Championships coverage itself,
BBC Sport athletics editor
Alastair McIntyre says: “Over the championships we will have comprehensive coverage of all the track and field sessions, marathons and walks on BBC1 and BBC2 – while coverage will also be on the red button, the BBC Sport website, BBC sport app and social media, as well as 5 Live.
“We will show around 65 hours of live track and field across BBC1 and BBC2 over the 10 days. The whole team – both in front of and behind the camera – is very excited about this first World Championships to be held in the UK and we hope there’s some great moments that will live long in the memory.
“Gabby Logan will be presenting and she will be joined by our regular team – which includes lead commentary from Steve
Cram, there’ll be analysis from Toni Minichiello plus we are delighted Michael Johnson is back to give us his unique thoughts, insight, strong opinions and top-class analysis. We’ll also endeavour to introduce a few special guests into the coverage over the championships.”
Gabby Logan: will be anchoring the BBC coverage