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Serial Winners Survey: Binge it like Becks, say Brits, as sports docs go mainstream

Beckham the best Sports Doc of all-time
Brits still love Beckham

New survey reveals we're a nation of sports documentary buffs with more Brits watching than ever before and it's 'Beckham', 'Senna' and 'Welcome to Wrexham' that top the list

  • Betfair survey reveals massive popularity of sports docs

  • One-in-five choose a sports doc for Saturday night entertainment

  • Beckham tops our list of best sports docs

  • Hollywood is coming to Haydock on Saturday, with the 'world's first movie premiere at a racecourse' to launch the Blackmore short film

  • Watch The Trailer: Serial Winners with Rachael Blackmore

Watch out, Strictly! A new poll by Betfair has revealed sports documentaries are taking over our screens and are becoming the go-to for Brits up and down the country.

Nearly one in five people (19%) admit that sports doc are the viewing choice for Saturday night viewing, and we are watching more of them now than ever before.

And they're even becoming more and more popular for people that don't have a horse in the race, with more than half (60%) of non-sports fans admitting they have also tuned into a sports documentary.

Better than Becks? Not for Brits

When it comes to the G.S.D.O.A.T (greatest sports documentary of all time), there was one clear winner, Netflix's Beckham. The three-part show on David Beckham's rise to superstardom after overcoming adversity early on in his football career is a must watch and is top of the league.

The 2010 epic documentary film 'Senna', about the life and death of Brazilian Formula One Champion Ayrton Senna, took second on the grid of best sports docs, while the story of two Hollywood stars' takeover and management of Welsh football club Wrexham, in 'Welcome to Wrexham' took the bronze medal on the podium.

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As a nation, a peek behind the curtain of sportspeople's lives is the main attraction, with more than a third (38%) saying they watch documentaries for behind-the-scenes access and to learn about athlete's struggles and challenges.

A quarter of Brits also admitted to enjoying the nostalgia of documentaries and reliving favourite sporting moments from the past.

Man Utd 1990s the choice for next big sports doc

As demand grows, fans are keen for more documentaries, with Michael Schumacher, Lionel Messi and the Manchester United 1999 treble winners topping the list of fan requests.

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Snooker and darts in top 10 sports

It's not just traditionally popular sports that people are keen to see more of either, snooker ranked in the top ten for sports that people would like to see documentaries on, which is good timing for the new feature-length film on Ronnie O'Sullivan, 'The Edge of Everything'.

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And we have a racing doc you will want to see!

More than a quarter of people polled called for more documentaries on horse racing, and on Saturday, those calls will be answered thanks to a yellow carpet premiere, a world's first at a racecourse, to showcase Betfair's latest production: 'Serial Winners: Rachael Blackmore'.

The mini-documentary highlights the story of one of racing's genuine game changers and will be available for all to see at Haydock and around the world on Saturday. You can watch the trailer here...

Now read our guide on what to expect on Saturday at Haydock


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