The Pain Of The Game

Documentary series about troubled sports stars.

Episodes

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20080811

Jonah Barrington was once dubbed the fittest person on earth.

Today that commitment has taken its toll on a man who saw his battles as psychological as well as physical.

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Despite a busy lifestyle that has seen him succeed at both football and horseracing, Mick Channon has always been able to help those close to him.

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Frank Warren always set out to be the biggest boxing promoter in the world, but in his world you keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

However, away from the ringside is a family man who nearly threw in his towel after surviving an assassination attempt.

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Andy Mclaren only won one Scotland cap but his temper and addictions to drink and drugs didn't just ruin a promising career, they nearly cost him his life.

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Frank Warren always set out to be the biggest boxing promoter in the world but away from the ringside he is a family man who's survived an assassination attempt.

01Eddie Thompson2008040320080405

has invested over ??5 million into Dundee Utd.

And yet, despite his public battle with prostate cancer he still puts the future of the club before himself.

02Ally Macleod20070408

Fay Macleod is the original footballers' wife.

But unlike the WAGs of today she wasn't accustomed to champagne lunches and expensive shopping trips.

When her husband Ally Macleod took Scotland to the World Cup in 1978, she was the one who had to help pick up the pieces.

02Fay Macleod20080406

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Fay Macleod is the original footballers' wife.

But unlike the WAGs of today she wasn't accustomed to champagne lunches and expensive shopping trips.

When her husband Ally took Scotland to the World Cup in 1978, she was the one who had to help pick up the pieces.

02Jonah Barrington2008041220080410 (RS)

Jonah Barrington was once dubbed the fittest person on earth.

Today that commitment has taken its toll on a man who saw his battles as psychological as well as physical.

03Alex Arthur20080413

Alex Arthur is a young man on a mission.

From the rough streets of Edinburgh he has avoided every temptation that has crossed his path.

A devoted father and Christian, at 28 he will soon box for the world title.

03Mick Channon2008041720080419

Despite a busy lifestyle that has seen him succeed at both football and horseracing, Mick Channon has always been able to help those close to him.

05Andy Mclaren2008050120080503

Andy Mclaren only won one Scotland cap but his temper and addictions to drink and drugs didn't just ruin a promising career, they nearly cost him his life.

06 LASTStephen Hendry2008050820080511
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At 16 years old Stephen Hendry became snooker's youngest ever professional player.

While the breaks may not be as big 23 years on, he's still determined to prove himself.

0101Zola Budd2006112420061126
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Zola Budd was born in South Africa but ran for Great Britain in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Barefoot she tried to take on the world, but the political and personal storms she left behind in South Africa soon caught up with her.

0102Alex Arthur2006120120061203

Alex Arthur is a young man on a mission.

From the rough streets of Edinburgh he has avoided every temptation that has crossed his path.

A devoted father and Christian, at 28 he will soon box for the world title.

is a young man on a mission.

A devoted father and Christian from the rough streets of Edinburgh, at 28 he will soon box for the world title.

0103Alex Arthur2006120820061210

Alex Arthur is a young man on a mission.

From the rough streets of Edinburgh he has avoided every temptation that has crossed his path.

A devoted father and Christian, at 28 he will soon box for the world title.

is a young man on a mission.

A devoted father and Christian from the rough streets of Edinburgh, at 28 he will soon box for the world title.

0103Alex Arthur2007041520061203

Alex Arthur is a young man on a mission.

From the rough streets of Edinburgh he has avoided every temptation that has crossed his path.

A devoted father and Christian, at 28 he will soon box for the world title.

is a young man on a mission.

A devoted father and Christian from the rough streets of Edinburgh, at 28 he will soon box for the world title.

0104Tommy Docherty2006121520061217
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From the rough streets of the Gorbals to the dug out at Old Trafford, Tommy Docherty saw it all, but huge self belief and the love of another man's wife brought down one of the most successful careers in football.

0105Graeme Obree2006122220061223
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Graeme Obree took on the cycling world and shook it to its core with a revolutionary design of bike, but his determination to succeed, and do it cleanly, led him down a road that was paved with pain and depression.

0106Rodney Marsh2006122920070506

Drinking buddies with George Best, Rodney Marsh has never been stuck for something to say, but the man behind the voice is very insular and private.

A violent childhood left scars that ran deep into the heart and soul of one of football's best known pundits.

0107 LASTDamon Hill2007010520070513

The Pain of the Game has never been far away for Damon Hill.

The death of his team mate Ayrton Senna unlocked boyhood memories of his father racing in an era when drivers were regularly killed, but intense rivalry and a passion to win drove him to the world championships.