11:43 22nd August 2014
Match of the Day at 50 – Special Programme Tonight
MATCH OF THE DAY celebrates half a century today and the BBC will be broadcasting a special documentary tonight to mark the occasion.
The BBC's flagship football programme, Match of the Day is seen as a television institution by many and this documentary charts the history of the programme, highlighting its long-ingrained place at the heart of Saturday night television.
Match of the Day at 50' discovers why the show holds such a special place in the nation’s affections with classic archive footage featuring George Best, Brian Clough, Sir Bobby Robson, David Coleman and Jimmy Hill.
There are also brand new contributions from former Stoke City striker Michael Owen as well as other football personalities such as Jose Mourinho, David Beckham, Sergio Aguero, Ryan Giggs, Thierry Henry, Gary Lineker, Wayne Rooney, Des Lynam, Rio Ferdinand, Ian Wright, Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer, John Motson and stars from the England women’s football team.
It also hears from fans of the show including Sir Alan Sugar, Sue Johnston, Piers Morgan and Russell Brand. Barry Stoller, who composed the iconic Match of the Day music, talks for the very first time about how the tune came about and also went on to be officially the most recognised theme tune on television. There are also special performances of the music by Lethal Bizzle and the Philharmonic Orchestra.
The show looks at how MOTD has evolved over the years, remaining the main place for football viewers to watch highlights. It also remembers how the programme dealt with tragedy, when 96 Liverpool fans Iost their lives at Hillsborough. There's also a look at the elements of the show that have become synonymous with the MOTD brand, like Goal of the Month.
Full of fantastic anecdotes and the finest footballing moments of the past 50 years, this documentary celebrates Match of the Day notching up its half century while continuing to set the footballing agenda amongst viewers.
Match of the Day at 50 broadcasts tonight on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10.35pm.