This weekend, there has been lots of programming to celebrate 50 years since England won the World Cup against West Germany.
But, for me, it would have been an ideal opportunity to repeat the original final, or even make it available on BBC Iplayer. The final was last shown on BBC Red Button two years ago. From the BBC DVD and VHS release, and also the Red Button repeat in 2014, it looks as if the full, complete match doesn’t exist anymore.
From the Red Button repeat, there was approx 7 minutes cut from the 1st and 2nd halves, a minute from the 1st half of ET and the end goes straight from the 4th England goal straight to the presentation ceremony and a heavily edited lap of honour. They also repeated the credits which confirmed it was a 1976 BBC programme, and there was a 2 hour edit scheduled for 9pm on BBC2 on Tuesday 3rd August 1976. It would look as if the full edit doesn’t exist, probably like so many programmes at that time it was wiped.
Such a monuemetous occasion to wipe… yet the BBC’s coverage of Apollo 11 was wiped too!
So what 1966 programmes have been shown recently?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07n7hsl/world-cup-66-live?suggid=b07n7hsl – this was shown live on BBC Red Button, featuring a ‘minute by minute’ account of the historic day, and appearances from Jeremy Vine, Louise Minchin and Martin Freeman amongst others. There’s brief clips of the football, using black and white BBC footage and colour Pathe footage, as well as music performances too – there was interviews with surviving players… I’m not sure if the idea for this programme worked if I’m honest, but see what you think…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07czr4l/world-cup-1966-alfies-boys?suggid=b07czr4l – This was a repeat, hosted by David Jason titled ‘Alfie’s Boys’. Features ‘unseen’ footage from the BBC vaults.
http://www.itv.com/hub/1966-a-nation-remembers/2a4230a0001 – Featuring testimonies from the people who were there, offering a different angle to celebrate England’s big day.