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Sportsview/Sportsnight/Midweek Sports Special

ALL UNDER the banner of the “weekly review of sport”, these “sturdy” vehicles rounded up the action for the football-deprived midweek pundit. ‘View, fronted by PETER DIMMOCK, was technically daring for the time, and pioneered a mateyness then unheard of among the Beeb’s starched collars. Sportsnight was basically a name-only change, with fantastic bossa nova xylophone-riffed theme tune by The Tony Hatch Orchestra. Usually majored in football, especially those crackly-voiced commentaries from “beyond the Iron Curtain” as some hapless British outfit struggled to overcome the “crack” East German Stasi XI. Not so good when it was The Horse Of The Year Show. In the same way that you sat through TOMORROW’S WORLD as you waited for TOP OF THE POPS, sports fans had to endure a QED or Pollard/Wilcox-driven docusoap penury THE MARRIAGE. Originally had DAVID COLEMAN in the chair, later followed by HARRY CARPENTER. Meanwhile, Midweek Sports Special played the young upstart to Sportsnight’s assured uncle. Same format: footy highlights (after Alistair Burnett had helpfully told us to “look away now” when doing the results), bit of snooker, boxing, ice skating. Majestic orchestral march as signature tune.

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