BBC iPlayer bags ESPN Lance Armstrong documentary
James R | On 19, Sep 2020
Lance, a two-part documentary about one of sport’s most controversial figures, Lance Armstrong, has been picked up BBC iPlayer.
Acquired from ESPN, where the documentary forms part of its 30 for 30 series, the documentary covers Armstrong’s remarkable rise to the pinnacle of cycling and his rapid fall from grace. The two-part documentary from Emmy award-winning filmmaker Marina Zenovich features candid interviews with Armstrong, his family and former teammates about his battle with testicular cancer, Tour de France victories, which he was later stripped of, and dramatic downfall after being exposed in a widespread doping scandal. The film is set against the backdrop of competitive cycling and tracks the widespread corruption of the sport, caused by the pervasive use of performance enhancing drugs.
Controller of BBC iPlayer, Dan McGolpin, says: “As the Tour de France comes to a close, BBC iPlayer is dropping this extraordinary documentary series about the race’s most famous competitor, with his own perspective and that of many others close to what really happened during the scandal that saw him stripped of his seven victories. Lance joins a first-class selection of gripping sports stories on BBC iPlayer with recent must-see additions including When We Were Kings, The Two Escobars and Afghan Cricket Club: Out of the Ashes.”
Indeed, BBC iPlayer currently hosts a number of sports documentaries, including Olympic Dreams Of Russian Gold: Over the Limit, Climbing Blind, The Edge, The Australian Dream, Being Evel Knievel, Any One Of Us, The Eagle Huntress, The Toughest Horse Race in the World: Palio and Maiden: War On The Waves.
Lance will be broadcast on BBC Two at a later date.
Lance is available on BBC iPlayer until September 2021