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A QUES­TION OF SPORT AT 50

BBC1, 8.30PM/BBC1 WALES, 9PM

THE long­est run­ning TV sports quiz, the leg­endary A Ques­tion Of Sport cel­e­brates its 50th birth­day.

“It’s iconic, it’s some­thing all of us grew up with,” says Gary Linker, one of dozens of sports men and women in­ter­viewed in this nos­tal­gic pro­gramme.

On Jan­uary 5, 1970, David Vine pre­sented the first edi­tion of what was to be­come a tele­vi­sion in­sti­tu­tion.

Nowa­days, hosted by Sue Barker, with team cap­tains Phil Tufnell and Matt Daw­son, mil­lions still tune in.

In this film, there’s a look back at some of the ear­li­est shows, Matt and Tuf­fers give a back­stage tour and there’s an in­ter­view with Sue, who has been quiz­mas­ter for over 20 years, record­ing al­most 800 shows.

WORZEL GUM­MIDGE

BBC1, 7PM

WATCH out for Michael Palin, show­cas­ing some phe­nom­e­nal dread­locked hair and a beard to ri­val Santa’s as he plays The Green Man, mys­te­ri­ous cre­ator of the scare­crows.

He is not all too pleased that Worzel (Macken­zie Crook) is talk­ing to hu­mans.

Else­where, there’s a fab­u­lous turn from Zoe Wana­maker as lo­cal aris­to­crat Lady Blooms­bury Bar­ton who is hold­ing a fete, with a com­pe­ti­tion for best scare­crow. Worzel is sure he’ll win. But nasty ri­val Soggy Bog­art has other ideas.

A funny, charm­ing film that ends with a lit­tle speech from Worzel about whether the chil­dren can save the planet. A timely mes­sage for the modern age.

Look­ing good at 50

Worzel is in trou­ble with the Green Man

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