David Beckham’s Netflix show revealed as Britain’s favourite sports documentary
It's proved a hit with fans.
The four-part documentary ‘Beckham’, which takes an in-depth look behind the iconic England footballer’s career, was only released in October but has clearly been well received by the public.
It pips Formula One doc ‘Senna’ and ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ who round out the top three.
Football and Formula One shows dominate the top of the rankings, although ‘Alex Higgins: The People’s Champion’, ‘Break Point’ and ‘Stop at Nothing: Lance Armstrong’ all appear in the top ten.
Michael Jordan’s fan-favourite basketball series, ‘The Last Dance’ is a surprise exclusion from the top ten, only coming in at 14th place.
The survey was put together by Betfair, who have recently produced a mini-doc on superstar Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore set to come out on November 25th.
Such has been the rise in interest in sporting documentaries in recent years, now nearly one in five people (19%) say watching one is the main event of their Saturday night.
What’s more, they have captured an audience outside of traditional sporting fans, with well over half (60%) of non-sports fans admitting they have watched a sports documentary at some point.
While Football and F1 remain the most popular genres, Brits also listed Athletics, Tennis and Rugby in their top five sports they would want to see covered in future documentaries.
In terms of specific shows, Manchester United’s treble-winning team of 1999 came out on top. Alex Ferguson’s historic side was a topic of conversation in Beckham’s Netflix show.
Elsewhere, England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winning side and the dominant West Indies cricket team in the 1980s also featured in the top three.
Betfair spokesperson, Sam Rosbottom said: ‘It’s clear that we’re a nation of sports documentary lovers. They are fast becoming the new ‘go-to’ for Saturday night viewing, bringing the same levels of drama and intrigue as some of the nation’s favourite soaps.’