World Of Sport Wrestling was a huge draw for ITV on Saturday afternoons in the 1970s and 80s, and now the broadcaster is pulling on its Lyrca singlet for one more tussle in the ring.
Eamonn Andrews, first World of Sport presenter
“World of Sport Wrestling was a major event for millions of families every Saturday afternoon for over 20 years. I’m excited about bringing back this iconic brand and celebrating the best British wrestlers in the country.” – Tom McLennan, Creative Director, ITV Studios Entertainment
ITV has commissioned the one-off wrestling special to air later this year across two hours. The World Of Sport special will see some of the UK’s finest pro wrestlers compete in front of a live audience across a series of fights; from singles to tag team and eliminations. Backstage, viewers will catch up with the wrestlers between fights and at the end of the show one fighter will take home the WoS Wrestling belt.
Fred Dinenage, on the World of Sport set
Commissioned by Helen Warner for ITV and produced by ITV Studios Entertainment, World Of Sport Wrestling will see some of the UK’s top names in the sport compete in a fun-filled afternoon of family sports entertainment.
World Of Sport launched in 1965 as a rival to BBC One’s Grandstand and provided coverage of ‘alternative’ events which the beeb didn’t hold the rights to including horse racing, stock car racing, netball and of course its most famous offering, wrestling. The live outside broadcasts were produced by the ITV regions, with the main show complied in London by the ITV Sports Central department operated in the 1950s and 60s by ABC TV and ATV London, with sole production taken on in 1968 by LWT. Hosts included Eamonn Andrews, Fred Dinenage and Richard “Dickie” Davies.
World of Sport ended in 1985 as ITV began to screen fewer sporting events.
Dickie Davies; the most famous of all World of Sport hosts