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Series on the sporting news stories that displaced more usual front-page news.

Presented by The Times chief Sports writer Simon Barnes

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0101Henry Cooper V Cassius Clay 19632001081120020315
20060808 (BBC7)
20070123 (BBC7)
20081012 (BBC7)
20081013 (BBC7)
20100517 (BBC7)
20110310 (BBC7)
20150103 (BBC7)

Series on the sporting news stories that displaced more usual front-page news.

Presented by The Times chief Sports writer Simon Barnes

Simon Barnes, with Henry Cooper, Claire Rayner and Anthony Howard, remembers the moment when Henry flattened Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) in the fourth round of the heavyweight contest in 1963.

The 1963 headline makers knocked off the newspaper front pages by Henry Cooper.

Ned Sherrin and Claire Rayner get nostalgic.

The 1963 headline makers knocked off the newspaper front pages by Henry Cooper. Ned Sherrin and Claire Rayner get nostalgic. With Simon Barnes.

0101Henry Cooper V Cassius Clay 19632001081120020315
20060808 (BBC7)
20070123 (BBC7)
20081012 (BBC7)
20081013 (BBC7)
20100517 (BBC7)
20110310 (BBC7)
20150103 (BBC7)

Series on the sporting news stories that displaced more usual front-page news.

Presented by The Times chief Sports writer Simon Barnes

Simon Barnes, with Henry Cooper, Claire Rayner and Anthony Howard, remembers the moment when Henry flattened Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) in the fourth round of the heavyweight contest in 1963.

The 1963 headline makers knocked off the newspaper front pages by Henry Cooper.

Ned Sherrin and Claire Rayner get nostalgic.

The 1963 headline makers knocked off the newspaper front pages by Henry Cooper. Ned Sherrin and Claire Rayner get nostalgic. With Simon Barnes.

0102England V Australia - 19812001081820020322
20060815 (BBC7)
20070130 (BBC7)
20081019 (BBC7)
20081020 (BBC7)
20100518 (BBC7)
20110317 (BBC7)
20150110 (BBC7)

Simon Barnes talks to Graham Dilley who, paired with Ian Botham, turned a 1981 test match against the Australians into triumph, after failure had seemed certain.

Sports news which made the front pages.

Graham Dilley remembers the 1981 test match triumph against Australia.

The 1981 headline makers bowled off the newspaper front pages by Ian Botham.

Graham Dilley and Simon Callow get nostalgic.

The 1981 headline-makers bowled off the newspaper front pages by Ian Botham. Graham Dilley and Simon Callow get nostalgic.

0102England V Australia - 19812001081820020322
20060815 (BBC7)
20070130 (BBC7)
20081019 (BBC7)
20081020 (BBC7)
20100518 (BBC7)
20110317 (BBC7)
20150110 (BBC7)

Simon Barnes talks to Graham Dilley who, paired with Ian Botham, turned a 1981 test match against the Australians into triumph, after failure had seemed certain.

Sports news which made the front pages.

Graham Dilley remembers the 1981 test match triumph against Australia.

The 1981 headline makers bowled off the newspaper front pages by Ian Botham.

Graham Dilley and Simon Callow get nostalgic.

The 1981 headline-makers bowled off the newspaper front pages by Ian Botham. Graham Dilley and Simon Callow get nostalgic.

0103 LASTEngland V West Germany - 19902001082520020323
20060822 (BBC7)
20070206 (BBC7)
20081026 (BBC7)
20081027 (BBC7)
20100519 (BBC7)
20110324 (BBC7)
20150117 (BBC7)

Simon Hughes remembers the ENGLAND v West Germany World Cup semi-final in 1990.

On 4th July 1990 revolution and raves were but a backdrop.

The true drama was taking place in Turin to the strains of Turandot.

Football fever.

A look back at the highs and lows of England's 1990 World Cup performance.

With Terry Butcher and Jim White.

The 1990 headline-makers kicked off the newspaper front pages by England in the World Cup.

The 1990 headline-makers kicked off the newspaper front pages by England in the World Cup. With Terry Butcher and Jim White.

0103 LASTEngland V West Germany - 19902001082520020323
20060822 (BBC7)
20070206 (BBC7)
20081026 (BBC7)
20081027 (BBC7)
20100519 (BBC7)
20110324 (BBC7)
20150117 (BBC7)

Simon Hughes remembers the ENGLAND v West Germany World Cup semi-final in 1990.

On 4th July 1990 revolution and raves were but a backdrop.

The true drama was taking place in Turin to the strains of Turandot.

Football fever.

A look back at the highs and lows of England's 1990 World Cup performance.

With Terry Butcher and Jim White.

The 1990 headline-makers kicked off the newspaper front pages by England in the World Cup.

The 1990 headline-makers kicked off the newspaper front pages by England in the World Cup. With Terry Butcher and Jim White.

0201Torvill And Dean2002092820060829 (BBC7)
20070213 (BBC7)
20081102 (BBC7)
20081103 (BBC7)
20101011 (BBC7)

How the dancing duo froze out Greenham Common, the Soviet Union and the miners from the 1984 headlines.

With Simon Barnes.

How the dancing duo froze out Greenham Common, the Soviet Union and the miners.

When Jayne and Chris made the front page upstaging Greenham Common, the Soviet Union and the miners.

When Jayne and Chris made the front page upstaging Greenham Common, the Sovet Union and the miners.

Simon Barnes remembers Valentine's Day 1984, when Torvill and Dean won Olympic gold to Ravel's `Bolero'.

0201Torvill And Dean2002092820060829 (BBC7)
20070213 (BBC7)
20081102 (BBC7)
20081103 (BBC7)
20101011 (BBC7)

How the dancing duo froze out Greenham Common, the Soviet Union and the miners from the 1984 headlines.

With Simon Barnes.

How the dancing duo froze out Greenham Common, the Soviet Union and the miners.

When Jayne and Chris made the front page upstaging Greenham Common, the Soviet Union and the miners.

When Jayne and Chris made the front page upstaging Greenham Common, the Sovet Union and the miners.

Simon Barnes remembers Valentine's Day 1984, when Torvill and Dean won Olympic gold to Ravel's `Bolero'.

0202Borg V Mcenroe2002100520060905 (BBC7)
20070220 (BBC7)
20081109 (BBC7)
20081110 (BBC7)
20090620 (BBC7)
20090621 (BBC7)
20101012 (BBC7)

How an epic Wimbledon final sidelined Ronald Reagan and spiralling unemployment from the 1980 headlines.

With Simon Barnes.

How an epic Wimbledon final sidelined Ronald Reagan and spiralling unemployment.

On July 5 1980, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe gripped the world in Wimbledon's most spectacular men's final.

On July 5th, 1980, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe gripped the world in Wimbledon's most spectacular men's final.

The Wimbledon men's singles final of 1980 was a nail-biting five-setter, including a 22-minute tie break.

0202Borg V Mcenroe2002100520060905 (BBC7)
20070220 (BBC7)
20081109 (BBC7)
20081110 (BBC7)
20090620 (BBC7)
20090621 (BBC7)
20101012 (BBC7)

How an epic Wimbledon final sidelined Ronald Reagan and spiralling unemployment from the 1980 headlines.

With Simon Barnes.

How an epic Wimbledon final sidelined Ronald Reagan and spiralling unemployment.

On July 5 1980, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe gripped the world in Wimbledon's most spectacular men's final.

On July 5th, 1980, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe gripped the world in Wimbledon's most spectacular men's final.

The Wimbledon men's singles final of 1980 was a nail-biting five-setter, including a 22-minute tie break.

0203Olga Korbut2002101220060912 (BBC7)
20070227 (BBC7)
20081116 (BBC7)
20081117 (BBC7)

How the Munich Olympics gymnast overshadowed Idi Amin and the Watergate scandal in the 1972 headlines.

With Simon Barnes.

The episode looks back on the 1972 Munich Olympics when gymnast Olga Korbut won the hearts of the world.

The 17-year-old RUSSIAn gymnast took the world by storm at the 1972 Munich OLYMPICS, winning three gold medals.

0203Olga Korbut2002101220060912 (BBC7)
20070227 (BBC7)
20081116 (BBC7)
20081117 (BBC7)

How the Munich Olympics gymnast overshadowed Idi Amin and the Watergate scandal in the 1972 headlines.

With Simon Barnes.

The episode looks back on the 1972 Munich Olympics when gymnast Olga Korbut won the hearts of the world.

The 17-year-old RUSSIAn gymnast took the world by storm at the 1972 Munich OLYMPICS, winning three gold medals.

0204 LASTDennis Taylor V Steve Davis2002101920060919 (BBC7)
20070306 (BBC7)
20081123 (BBC7)
20081124 (BBC7)
20101014 (BBC7)

How a nail-biting final snookered strikes, Ken Livingstone and football hooliganism from the 1985 headlines.

With Simon Barnes.

How a nail-biting final snookered strikes, Ken Livingstone and football hooliganism.

Episode 4 of 4.

One Sunday night in April 1985, 18.5 million people stayed up for the World Snooker final between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis.

The 1985 World Snooker Championship was decided on the black ball of a 35-frame epic.

0204 LASTDennis Taylor V Steve Davis2002101920060919 (BBC7)
20070306 (BBC7)
20081123 (BBC7)
20081124 (BBC7)
20101014 (BBC7)

How a nail-biting final snookered strikes, Ken Livingstone and football hooliganism from the 1985 headlines.

With Simon Barnes.

How a nail-biting final snookered strikes, Ken Livingstone and football hooliganism.

Episode 4 of 4.

One Sunday night in April 1985, 18.5 million people stayed up for the World Snooker final between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis.

The 1985 World Snooker Championship was decided on the black ball of a 35-frame epic.

0301Steve Ovett V Sebastian Coe 19802003083020070916 (BBC7)
20070917 (BBC7)
20081207 (BBC7)
20081208 (BBC7)
20101213 (BBC7)

The Times chief Sports writer Simon Barnes begins this run with those two mighty middle-distance opposites Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe.

Back in 1980 they were the best in the world over 800 and 1500 metres but they hadn't raced each other for three years.

The heavily boycotted Moscow OLYMPICS of 1980 was the isolated stage on which their rivalry was to be put to the test.

Massive thunderstorms, the early years of the Save the Whales campaign and a potentially damaging rift with SAUDI ARABIA over the TV film 'Death of a Princess' were the stories struggling to compete with our two great Olympians.

1980 - The Moscow Olympics, Coe v Ovett, the boycott.

Plus 'Death of A Princess'.

With Simon Barnes.

An Olympics boycott and Brits battling it out on the track upstage saving the whale.

1980 - An Olympics boycott and Brits battling it out on the track upstage saving the whale.

0301Steve Ovett V Sebastian Coe 19802003083020070916 (BBC7)
20070917 (BBC7)
20081207 (BBC7)
20081208 (BBC7)
20101213 (BBC7)

The Times chief Sports writer Simon Barnes begins this run with those two mighty middle-distance opposites Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe.

Back in 1980 they were the best in the world over 800 and 1500 metres but they hadn't raced each other for three years.

The heavily boycotted Moscow OLYMPICS of 1980 was the isolated stage on which their rivalry was to be put to the test.

Massive thunderstorms, the early years of the Save the Whales campaign and a potentially damaging rift with SAUDI ARABIA over the TV film 'Death of a Princess' were the stories struggling to compete with our two great Olympians.

1980 - The Moscow Olympics, Coe v Ovett, the boycott.

Plus 'Death of A Princess'.

With Simon Barnes.

An Olympics boycott and Brits battling it out on the track upstage saving the whale.

1980 - An Olympics boycott and Brits battling it out on the track upstage saving the whale.

0302Virginia Wade 19772003090620060926 (BBC7)
20070923 (BBC7)
20070924 (BBC7)
20081214 (BBC7)
20081215 (BBC7)
20090620 BT=1730 (BBC7)
20090620 BT=2330 (BBC7)
20090621 BT=0430 (BBC7)
20101214 (BBC7)

How a golden Wimbledon triumph sidelined industrial strife and violence in Uganda.

How a golden Wimbledon triumph sidelined industrial strife and violence in Uganda, from the 1977 headlines.

With Simon Barnes.

A tennis legend, 'Queen Ginny' scored her victory in a time of considerable social change.

In today's programme storm clouds of industrial dispute, the breakdown of the social contract and hideous violence in Uganda are parted by Virginia Wade's triumph at Wimbledon back in 1977.

Storm clouds of industrial dispute and violence in Uganda are parted by Virginia Wade's triumph at Wimbledon back in 1977.

0302Virginia Wade 19772003090620060926 (BBC7)
20070923 (BBC7)
20070924 (BBC7)
20081214 (BBC7)
20081215 (BBC7)
20090620 BT=1730 (BBC7)
20090620 BT=2330 (BBC7)
20090621 BT=0430 (BBC7)
20101214 (BBC7)

How a golden Wimbledon triumph sidelined industrial strife and violence in Uganda.

How a golden Wimbledon triumph sidelined industrial strife and violence in Uganda, from the 1977 headlines.

With Simon Barnes.

A tennis legend, 'Queen Ginny' scored her victory in a time of considerable social change.

In today's programme storm clouds of industrial dispute, the breakdown of the social contract and hideous violence in Uganda are parted by Virginia Wade's triumph at Wimbledon back in 1977.

Storm clouds of industrial dispute and violence in Uganda are parted by Virginia Wade's triumph at Wimbledon back in 1977.

0303Red Rum 19772003091320061003 (BBC7)
20070930 (BBC7)
20071001 (BBC7)
20081221 (BBC7)
20081222 (BBC7)
20101215 (BBC7)

Simon Barnes, Chief Sports Writer for The Times, remembers Red Rum and his historic third win at the Grand National in 1977.

In this week's programme, Simon Barnes, Chief Sports Writers for the Times, remembers Red Rum and his historic third win at the Grand National in 1977.

Rummy made all the headlines.

For a moment the media celebrated the people's champion, who became an icon for the 1970s.

Other news, like new revelations about President Kennedy's assasination, took second place.

How an historic third Grand National saw a famous horse hog the headlines of 1977

With Simon Barnes and Peter O'Sullivan.

0303Red Rum 19772003091320061003 (BBC7)
20070930 (BBC7)
20071001 (BBC7)
20081221 (BBC7)
20081222 (BBC7)
20101215 (BBC7)

Simon Barnes, Chief Sports Writer for The Times, remembers Red Rum and his historic third win at the Grand National in 1977.

In this week's programme, Simon Barnes, Chief Sports Writers for the Times, remembers Red Rum and his historic third win at the Grand National in 1977.

Rummy made all the headlines.

For a moment the media celebrated the people's champion, who became an icon for the 1970s.

Other news, like new revelations about President Kennedy's assasination, took second place.

How an historic third Grand National saw a famous horse hog the headlines of 1977

With Simon Barnes and Peter O'Sullivan.

0304 LASTAyrton Senna 19942003092020061010 (BBC7)
20071007 (BBC7)
20071008 (BBC7)
20081228 (BBC7)
20081229 (BBC7)
20101216 (BBC7)

On May 1st 1994 it wasn't hard to see why a sports story should get top billing.

No one, least of all those involved in the sport, was prepared for the fatal crash of the Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna at that year's San Marino Grand Prix.

How the fatal crash at the San Marino Grand Prix grabbed the headlines of 1994.

With Simon Barnes and Murray Walker.

How Ayrton Senna's fatal crash at the San Marino Grand Prix grabbed the headlines.

0304 LASTAyrton Senna 19942003092020061010 (BBC7)
20071007 (BBC7)
20071008 (BBC7)
20081228 (BBC7)
20081229 (BBC7)
20101216 (BBC7)

On May 1st 1994 it wasn't hard to see why a sports story should get top billing.

No one, least of all those involved in the sport, was prepared for the fatal crash of the Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna at that year's San Marino Grand Prix.

How the fatal crash at the San Marino Grand Prix grabbed the headlines of 1994.

With Simon Barnes and Murray Walker.

How Ayrton Senna's fatal crash at the San Marino Grand Prix grabbed the headlines.