The BBC brings you Superstars: The Best of the Best

BBC Worldwide have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Superstars: The Best of the Best for 3rd November 2003 with a retail price of £12.99. From the PR...

During its 12 year run from 1973 to 1985, the BBC’s Superstars programme became essential viewing, attracting up to 18 million viewers, as the best athletes of the era competed against each other in a variety of different disciplines. Sporting heroes such as Kevin Keegan and Daley Thompson battled it out for the famous Superstars trophy at the athletics track, in the swimming pool and on their bikes. However, no-one will be remembered quite in the same way as Brian Jacks in the gym. Who would have thought that this unknown Judo star would transform himself into a National icon, by redefining the squat thrust as an art form!

This Autumn sees the return of the original celebrity reality show, as Johnny Vaughan and Suzi Perry oversee Premiership footballers, rugby players, jockeys, cricketers, skiers, tennis stars, athletes, swimmers and snooker players competing for the title of Britain’s ultimate Sportsman (and yes those squat thrusts DO make a return.)

For those who remember the original programme fondly, BBC worldwide are releasing a DVD of highlights of the Superstars series, featuring contributions from some of the programme’s most famous participants. For the first time ever, Kevin Keegan will talk about perhaps the incident that has become most synonymous with the programme, his spectacular cycling crash, and Brian Jacks, who still holds the Superstars record for squat thrusts tells how Superstars became his life and reveals the strict training regime he put himself through in preparation for the competitions. With additional contributions from, amongst others, Daley Thompson and David Vine, the DVD gives a unique insight into the cult TV show, and is released to own by BBC Worldwide on 3rd November 2003.

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