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''Grandstand'' was a
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programme. Broadcast between 1958 and 2007, it was one of the
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's longest running sports shows, alongside ''
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''. Its first presenter was
Peter Dimmock Peter Harold Dimmock, Royal Victorian Order, CVO, Order of the British Empire, CBE (6 December 1920 – 20 November 2015) was a British sports broadcaster and senior television executive during the formative years of the medium in the 1950s. He w ...
. There were only five main presenters of the programme during its long history:
David Coleman David Robert Coleman Order of the British Empire, OBE (26 April 1926 – 21 December 2013) was a British Sportscaster, sports commentator and television presenter who worked for the BBC for 46 years. He covered eleven Summer Olympic Games from ...

David Coleman
(who took over from Dimmock after just three programmes),
Frank Bough Francis Joseph Bough (; 15 January 1933 – 21 October 2020) was an English television presenter. He was best known as the former host of BBC sports and current affairs shows including ''Grandstand (BBC), Grandstand'', ''Nationwide (TV programme) ...
,
Des Lynam Desmond Michael Lynam, (born 17 September 1942) is an Irish-born television and radio presenter. In a broadcasting career spanning more than forty years, he has hosted television coverage of many of the world's major sporting events, presenting ...
and
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. Changes in the structure of the programme during its last few years meant it did not have a regular main presenter during this time. The last editions of ''Grandstand'' were broadcast over the weekend of 27–28 January 2007.


History

During the 1950s, sports coverage on television in the
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gradually expanded. The
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regularly broadcast sports programmes with an outside studio team, occasionally from two or three separate locations. Production assistant
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put forward a proposal for a programme lasting three hours; one hour dedicated to major events and two hours showing minor events.
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members held a meeting in April 1958, and Cowgill further detailed his plans taking timing and newer technical facilities into consideration. During the development of the programme, problems arose over the proposed schedule which would result in the programme ending at 4:45pm to allow the recreational programme ''
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'' to broadcast. Paul Fox insisted that the service was broadcast until 5:00pm to ensure a proper results service. Three weeks before the debut of the programme, sports broadcaster
Peter Dimmock Peter Harold Dimmock, Royal Victorian Order, CVO, Order of the British Empire, CBE (6 December 1920 – 20 November 2015) was a British sports broadcaster and senior television executive during the formative years of the medium in the 1950s. He w ...
favoured naming the show ''Out and About!'' with Fox persuading Dimmock to agree on a new name, which was ''Grandstand''. ''Grandstand'' launched on 11 October 1958 from
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with Dimmock as the presenter. Dimmock presented the first two editions and three weeks later, he was replaced by sports commentator
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David Coleman
. In the autumn of 1959, ''Grandstand'' was extended by an extra 15 minutes and would finish at 5:00pm every Saturday. According to Richard Haynes in ''BBC Sport in Black and White'', the 1960s saw the ''Grandstand'' name "become synonymous with the BBC's coverage of sport" and it "became a trusted vehicle for British viewers to access a variety of sports." The show was one of the most recognisable on British television, dominating Saturday afternoons on the BBC's main channel and covering nearly every major sporting event in Britain such as the
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, Wimbledon, the
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and the
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, as well as major international events like the
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, the
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, the
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and the
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(from 1998
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coverage would switch from Grandstand to
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branding). A Sunday edition, named ''Sunday Grandstand'', launched in 1981 and ran on
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(though a few pilot editions were shown on
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in 1978, 1979 and 1980). Until 1997, the Sunday edition was only broadcast during the summer months, the first non Summer edition was broadcast on 15th November 1997 to cover the Wales v Tonga
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international. However, there were other occasions such as in 1992 and 1993 to cover the
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which in those two years was the first race in the
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season and Easter Sunday 1993 to cover the
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at
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and in January 1995 to cover the second Regal Trophy Semi Final Wigan v Castleford and one regular event that was shown on Sunday Grandstand was the
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horse race along with other major big races which are run on a Sunday in France and later Ireland examples being the
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,
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and
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(when it was run on a Sunday) and from 1995 Horse Racing in the UK started being a frequent feature on the ''Sunday Grandstand'' programme from BBC televised tracks such as
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, Ascot, Goodwood,
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,
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, whenever a Sunday meeting from those tracks took place after Government legislation allowed Sunday Horse Racing to take place in the UK. From February 1998 ''Sunday Grandstand'' aired all year round, incorporating the ''
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'' and ''
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'' programmes. ''Grandstand'' was not shown on 20 May 2000 as no major sporting events broadcast by the BBC were taking place. Also Grandstand did not broadcast when a major national event took place or if Christmas or New Year's Day fell on a Saturday. From the programme's launch until the lifting of restrictions on broadcasting hours by the Postmaster General in 1972, sports coverage was one of the few programming areas which was exempt from the broadcasting hours restrictions. Originally sporting coverage and outside broadcasts were provided with a separate quota of broadcasting hours per year by the Postmaster General. By the mid 1960s this amounted to 350 hours per year. This meant ''Grandstand'' was a key part of the BBC's Saturday afternoon schedules, as the five or so hours the programme was on the air did not count to the overall 50 hour a week restriction on normal broadcasting hours. Beginning in the early 1980s, a lunchtime news summary provided by
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was included in the broadcast, functioning as a sort of programme break between ''
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'' and the start of that week's live events.
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was a frequent anchor of these summaries. In October 2001, the head of BBC Sports and Programming Pat Younge announced plans to revamp ''Grandstand'' by placing emphasis on showing one particular sport rather than switching back to another every few minutes.


Final Score

In the late afternoon, with many
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and Scottish Football League matches approaching full-time, the programme would draw to a close with ''
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''. This covered not only the results from all the matches, but also gave the results of the football pools. Perhaps the segment's most famous feature is the vidiprinter, a digital device which printed out the results as they came through, with the characters in each result appearing one by one. Remarkably, only two people regularly read out the classified results on ''Final Score'' when it was part of Grandstand: the Australian
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(from the first programme until his death in 1995) and
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(from 1995 until Final Score was separated from Grandstand in 2001 – he continued to read the classified results until 2011). Whilst football was always the mainstay of ''Final Score'', news and results from other sports, such as rugby union, and until 1987, racing results were also included. A brief version, usually lasting for 5 to 10 minutes, was aired during the summer when football was out of season, and stand-alone editions of ''Final Score'' were broadcast on Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Easter Monday when there was a full programme of football fixtures and when ''Grandstand'' was not being shown.


Competition from ITV

For twenty years (1965–1985) ''Grandstand'' faced competition from
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's '' World of Sport'', but by the end of the 1980s ITV had stopped broadcasting Saturday afternoon sport in favour of other programmes.


''Football Focus'' and ''Final Score'' part company

In August 2001 the ''
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'' section, having been the first feature on ''Grandstand'' since 1974, separated to become a programme in its own right. This meant that ''Grandstands start time was now 13:00 rather than 12:15. At the same time, ''
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'' was also separated from ''Grandstand'', also becoming a programme in its own right, running from 16:30 meaning that Grandstand only broadcast between 13:00 and 16:30 rather than 12:15 to 17:15. "Around the Grounds" and the half time sequence did remain within the ''Grandstand'' programme. In 2004, following the success of Sky Sports' ''
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'' programme featuring reports from the afternoon's football matches, the BBC introduced its own football scores programme called ''Score''. It ran for the full duration of the afternoon's football matches, beginning at 14:30, and was available as an add-on service on the Red Button until 16:30 when BBC One joined the programme and at that point Score would become ''Final Score''.


Later years and demise

In its final few years, the show was rarely presented from a studio and as such there was no longer a main presenter. The show tended to be broadcast from wherever the main event of the day was taking place. The host would be associated with that feature; for example, Hazel Irvine would host snooker, Sue Barker for tennis, Clare Balding for racing or rugby league, and John Inverdale for rugby union.


2006 announcement

On 24 April 2006, the BBC announced that ''Grandstand'' would be gradually phased out after nearly half a century, due to the increasing use of interactive services and the need to meet the challenges of the digital, on-demand world. This had been hinted at by the dropping of the "Grandstand" title from the BBC's coverage of the major international sporting events, like that year's
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and
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. It was originally intended that the show's cancellation would take place in 2009; however, with little or no notice, this was brought forward to 28 January 2007.


After ''Grandstand'' ended

The final Saturday edition of ''Grandstand'' was broadcast on 27 January 2007, and the last edition of all after 48 years was broadcast the following day, 28 January 2007, a short tribute to the history of the show forming its final feature. Sport still features prominently on the BBC's programme schedules on Saturday afternoon as well as on
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, the interactive service available on digital television; ''Final Score'' is still shown at the end of the Premier League football games played on Saturday afternoon.


Presenters

Other occasional hosts were Ronald Allison,
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,
Sue Barker Susan Barker, (born 19 April 1956) is an English television presenter and former professional tennis player. During her tennis career, she won fifteen WTA Tour singles titles, including one Grand Slam Grand Slam or Grand slam may refer to: ...
,
Barry Davies Barry George Davies Order of the British Empire, MBE (born 24 October 1937) is an English retired Sportscaster, sports commentator and television presenter. He covered a wide range of sports in a long career, primarily for the BBC. Although ...
,
Dougie Donnelly Douglas Donnelly (born 7 June 1953) is a Scottish television personality best known for presenting sports coverage. Career Donnelly was born in Glasgow Glasgow ( ; sco, Glesga; gd, Glaschu) is the most populous city A city is a lar ...
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Harry Gration Harry Gration, Order of the British Empire, MBE, Deputy Lieutenant, DL (born 22 October 1950) is an English journalist and broadcaster. He was one of the main anchors for the BBC Yorkshire regional magazine programme ''BBC Look North (Yorkshire ...
,
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,
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David Icke
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John Inverdale John Inverdale (born 27 September 1957) is an English broadcaster who works for both the BBC and ITV (TV network), ITV. During his radio career, he has presented coverage of many major sporting events including the Olympic Games, Wimbledon Champ ...
,
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,
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,
Helen Rollason Helen Frances Rollason (''née'' Grindley; 11 March 1956 – 9 August 1999) was a British Sports journalism, sports journalist and television presenter, who in 1990 became the first female presenter of the BBC's sports programme ''Grandstand ( ...
,
Ray Stubbs Raymond J. Stubbs (born 24 May 1956) is an English broadcaster and former footballer. He worked as a presenter for the BBC, ESPN and BT Sport, and most recently worked for Talksport radio. Football career Stubbs began his career as a profession ...
,
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, Alan Weeks and
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.


Theme tune

The original theme was "News Scoop" by Len Stevens, which was used until 6 November 1971. From 13 November 1971 to 11 October 1975, another tune, composed by Barry Stoller who also composed the ''
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'' theme, was used. The programme's longest running and best known theme, composed for the programme by
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, was first heard at the end of the 11 October 1975 edition (the 1000th edition of Grandstand) and remained until the end of the programme's existence.


Notable live events

*
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winning the 1967
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at odds of 100/1 following a 23rd fence pile up in which every other horse fell or was remounted – the fence was subsequently named in Foinavon's honour. * Golfer
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hitting the first live televised
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hole in one
in Britain during the
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on 16 September 1967. *
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Gareth Edwards
scoring one of the most memorable tries in history, in the
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v All Blacks rugby union match at Cardiff Arms Park on 27 January 1973. * The first known streaking, streaker at a major sporting event during an England v France Rugby Union match at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham on 20 April 1974. * Cambridge sinking in the 1978
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and again in 1984, after colliding with a stationary barge. * A fight breaking out on air between staff in the newsroom behind presenter
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on 1 April 1989. This was later revealed to be an April Fool's Day joke. * The Hillsborough disaster, Hillsborough football ground disaster on 15 April 1989. * The Grand National on 3 April 1993 being declared void after two false starts – 30 horses ran the race when their jockeys mistakenly assumed the course officials waving red flags were protesters. * Roland Ratzenberger & Ayrton Senna's Death of Ayrton Senna, fatal accidents during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, San Marino Grand Prix on 30 April & 1 May 1994 (Sunday Grandstand). * Jockey Frankie Dettori winning all seven races on British Champions' Day at Ascot on 28 September 1996. * The evacuation of Aintree Racecourse on 5 April 1997 due to an IRA bomb threat that caused the cancellation of the Grand National (the race took place two days later). * The 2006 Grand National would be the final year it was covered by Grandstand - 47 years.


See also

* ''Wide World of Sports (U.S. TV series), Wide World of Sports'' * Broadcasting of sports events * Colemanballs * '' World of Sport''


References


External links

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