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Hunt and Sheene – When Playboys Ruled the World

They were crowd-pleasers, they were world champions in their respective disciplines in the same era - and away from the track, they were hell-raisers. ITV pays tribute to the late Barry Sheene and James Hunt
They were the sports stars who defined an era, the daredevil bravery they employed on the track taking them to the very top of world motorsport, and their hell-raising antics keeping them on the front and back pages of the international press.

ITV Sport has produced a new documentary looking at the lives of 1970s motor racing legends Barry Sheene and James Hunt – and it will be shown tonight. When Playboys Ruled the World examines the close relationship between the two British world champions who, despite their different disciplines and backgrounds, became like brothers.

F1 star Hunt, who won the 1976 world championship, and Sheene, who claimed motorcycling world title glory that same year and the next, were crowd favourites and national heroes. As famous for the party lifestyle they led away from the track as their achievements on it, they embraced the playboy tag given to them.

When Playboys Ruled the World contrasts public and media attitudes towards the private lives of Sheene and Hunt in comparison with the heavily-scrutinised lifestyles of today's multi-million pound sports stars.

Produced by the team behind ITV Sport's Grierson-nominated documentary Clough, When Playboys Ruled the World mixes original interviews with Hunt and Sheene with exceptional archive footage and new opinion from friends, family members and industry experts. Contributors include Barry's widow Stephanie Sheene, James' brother David Hunt, Sir Stirling Moss, Max Mosley, Murray Walker, Max Clifford and Kelvin MacKenzie.

“James Hunt and Barry Sheene were the last of a generation whose lifestyles, as much as their huge success on the track, made them sporting heroes,” remarked ITV Controller of Sport, Niall Sloane. “This new documentary tells the fascinating story of two of Britain's greatest motorsport champions, and looks at a way of life and a friendship which probably would not exist in the modern sporting and media world.”

When Playboys Ruled the World is an ITV Sport production and will be broadcast on ITV1 tonight (Monday) at 10:30pm.



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Buelliful .

November 16, 2010 8:51 AM

@"Bob" (sigh) As someone from Oz (I take it, judging by all the comments you post) I thought you'd only be too familiar with Barry Sheene through his work and love of Australia. The programme had nothing to do with Jingoistic pride but celebrated two remarkable characters in a time where to quote Jackie Stewart "Racing was dangerous but sex was safe" It was their persona's people loved, not where they came from. Something you sadly cannot overlook with your petty trolling. Barry and James were LEGENDS. Nuff said.

ford998

November 16, 2010 10:50 AM

Ok so last comment removed cos Aussies didn't like it. Why is it that people just don't seem to have any respect for these stars anymore. Everyone on here turns something positive, like a tribute to legends in motorsport which we love, "that is why were on crash rather than some lame football website i take it" into a bitter twisted argument against Rossi and Vettel and the uk! We are all united in motorsport but divided in who we support but so what. I'm sure we could post all day moaning and slagging of Doohan or stoner who also drank mineral water by the way. But lets show some respect for 2 dead iconic motorsport legends and bask in the glory days of the 70's when it was all about the glamour and not the money. the end



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