A Question of Sport at 50, review: nostalgic look at a special half-century, but this tired show has been left behind by big hitters

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This documentary fondly remembered the show's iconic moments, such as Emlyn Hughes giggling alongside Princess Anne in 1987
This documentary fondly remembered the show's iconic moments, such as Emlyn Hughes giggling alongside Princess Anne in 1987 Credit: BBC

Watching clips of old episodes on A Question of Sport at 50 (BBC One) propelled me straight back to boyhood. Suddenly I was lying on the lounge carpet in front of a teak Grundig set, warmed by the gas fire, hoping a question about my football team would come up (Ipswich Town, in case you’re interested). When that catchy computerised theme music sounded, it was time for bed. 

Footballer Emlyn Hughes and rugby player Bill Beaumont were team captains back then. They might have worn similar knitwear (V-necked, pastel shades, very Alan Partridge) but the pair were contrasting characters. Beaumont was a gentle bear of a man, quietly knowledgeable as he chewed his pencil. Hughes was the class clown,...

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