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Sporting legends speak honestly and candidly about their careers, giving a fascinating insight into the mindset required to reach the very top of their game.


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S01E01 Fabrice Muamba 04/12/2012 In this edition, former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba talks about how he was at the centre of one of the most extraordinary sports stories of the year. He describes how he felt that day last March when he suffered a heart attack on the pitch during a live televised FA Cup match. Still only 24-years-of-age, Muamba also talks about his early life as a young Congolese boy coming to England at the age of 11 speaking no English at all, and about his subsequent successful but short professional career in the game. The programme also features contributions from Jermaine Defoe, Owen Coyle and Patrick Vieira.
S01E02 Gareth Thomas 20/03/2013 Gareth Thomas was the first Welshman to get a 100 caps, captained the British and Irish Lions, and led Wales to their first Six Nations Grand Slam in 27 years. He also became the one of the first major British sports star to come out as gay. Thomas’s story is remarkable by any sportsman’s standards. Universally known by his nickname ‘Alfie’, he amassed an incredible list of achievements in more than a decade at the top of his sport. He has claimed a record number of Test tries for his country, beating the mark of 33 set by Ieuan Evans, and in 2005 he racked up not just the Grand Slam but also a Heineken Cup-winner’s medal with Toulouse. Thomas stepped into the breach as leader of Sir Clive Woodward’s Lions when captain Brian O’Driscoll’s tour was prematurely ended, and he reached the milestone of 100 caps, the most won by any Wales player, during the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Away from the field, his experiences have often read like a real-life soap opera. Yet, amid the highs and lows of a remarkable rugby odyssey, it is Thomas’s alternative yet engaging personality that marks him out as a true one-off.
S01E03 Ronnie O'Sullivan 06/11/2012 Ronnie O’Sullivan is widely considered to be one of the most gifted and talented players in the history of the sport. The Englishman has won the world championship on four occasions so far in his career, and amassed a total of 24 ranking titles. But ‘The Rocket’ also has a reputation for being one of the most controversial players on the tour. He has had several clashes with the sport’s authorities, and has also made several threats to quit the sport. The programme, presented by Adam Darke, features contributions from World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn and the legendary Jimmy White.
S01E04 Dame Kelly Holmes 13/11/2012
S01E05 Lawrence Dallaglio 20/11/2012
S01E06 Amir Khan 27/11/2012
S01E08 Brian Lara 11/12/2012 The West Indies cricketer talks about his career as one of the greatest batsman in the history of the game. With contributions from Clive Lloyd, Alex Stewart and Michael Vaughan.
S02E01 James Cracknell 22/10/2013 A profile of the former rower who won gold as part of the coxless four at both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games staged in Sydney and Athens respectively. Cracknell began rowing while still in school, and took part in the Junior World Championships in 1989 and 1990, before progressing to the senior ranks. Following his career he has embarked on a series of adventures while raising money for charity, and was involved in a serious accident in 2010 when attempting to cycle, row, run and swim from Los Angeles to New York. With contributions from his wife Beverley Turner and Steve Redgrave.
S02E02 David Weir 29/10/2013 A profile of the British Paralympic athlete, who won four gold medals at London 2012, and has amassed a total of 10 Paralympic medals in his career so far. Weir has also had great success in the London Marathon, winning it on six occasions, the last of which came in 2012 and saw him equal the record set by Tanni Grey-Thompson.
S02E03 Jermain Defoe 05/11/2013 A profile of the Tottenham Hotspur and England footballer, who made his Premier League debut for West Ham United aged 18, and has also represented Portsmouth in the top flight. Throughout that time Defoe has had to overcome a series of personal tragedies, including the death of his half-brother in 2009 following an assault, as well as the loss of his father, who died while the striker was away on international duty preparing for Euro 2012 with the England squad.
S02E04 Nicola Adams 12/11/2013 A profile of the Leeds-born boxer, who won the first Olympic women's boxing gold medal in history with her victory at London 2012. Adams won the flyweight title by beating world number one Ren Cancan, and awarded an MBE for services to boxing in the subsequent New Year Honours List. Including contributions from her family and trainer.
S02E05 Jimmy White 26/12/2013 A profile of the snooker player, who reached six World Championship finals during the 1980s and 90s, but failed to win any of them, yet became vastly popular with the public for his `whirlwind' style of play. Away from the baize White has also appeared in several TV shows, including the 2009 series of I'm a Celebrity Get me out of Here and the snooker-based game show Big Break.
S02E06 Eric Bristow 03/12/2013 A profile of the former professional darts player, who won the World Championship on five occasions in the 1980s before the acrimonious division within the sport that resulted in the breakaway PDC organisation, of which Bristow was one of the founding members. In addition to his five world titles, Bristow was one of the most successful players throughout his career, and after retirement appeared on the 2012 series of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
S02E07 Didier Drogba 10/12/2013 A profile of the Galatasaray and Ivory Coast striker, who is best known for his time at Chelsea, which was marked by some outstanding and controversial moments. Drogba was a key figure during Jose Mourinho's first spell in charge of the Blues, winning several trophies, but also being known for his theatrics and his sending-off in the 2008 UEFA Champions League final against Manchester United.
S02E08 Chris Eubank 17/12/2013 A profile of the former boxer, who held world titles at both middleweight and super-middleweight, and was involved in some of the biggest domestic bouts of the 1990s. Eubank was just as well known for his exploits outside the ring, particularly for his flamboyant fashion sense, his collection of vehicles that included a large American truck, and several documentary programmes that were televised in the early part of this century.

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