Planet Sport


June 11, 2016

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Bolivia - Perched in the cordillera of the Andes, where a major part of the population live in extreme conditions, Bolivia is an inhospitable playing field. Bolivians may have an Olympic track record as thin as a llama's shin bone, but this country is still a champion when it comes to identity, culture and unspoilt nature. Manuel takes sport as his starting point and sets off to meet Bolivians in all states and conditions. The little indigenous Cholitas, who challenge macho mentalities in the L...

May 28, 2016

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China - China is a major sporting nation, and while they have just hosted the Olympic Games, there are also traditional sports that have survived through history and particularly the iron rule of Communism. Manuel goes there to find out more about how Chinese people feel about these ancestral sports. He starts his journey in Shaolin, the famous birthplace of Kung fu. He then travels to Wuqiao, the China's acrobatics capital before spending the last leg of his journey at the Shitong village, dee...

S: Israel / Palestine

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Israel/Palestine: Jews and Arabs have never succeeded in finding a good way to live together. It is rare to find, on this soil of pain and suffering, activities that can breathe a little hope into a world where arms and politics have so clearly failed. For Manuel, we are all the same on a sports field; sweat and tears have the same taste for everyone, whatever their race or religion. Manuel introduces us to athletes from all walks of life and in all kinds of condition. He takes us from Gaza su...

April 30, 2016

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Manuel Herrero sets off to explore India - the birthplace of yoga, ayurvedic massages, karmasutra and a unique relationship between body and soul. First stop is the Talims of Kolhapur - schools where young boys from poor families are trained to become Kusti wrestlers. Kusti is a traditional martial art, practiced in covered arenas on a track of red clay. Manuel's journey continues into Tamil Nadu for a Kabaddi national championship, an unusual team sport where the attackers hold their breaths a...

April 23, 2016

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Brazil - Manuel Herrero visits Rio and heads straight for the Copacabana beach. Every day, thousands of people come here to kick a ball around. On this giant playground, there's no distinction between rich and poor, male and female - sports appear to remove all social barriers. In Salvador de Bahia Manuel is immersed into the mysterious world of capoeira, the combat dancing created by slaves. Forbidden to fight, slaves learnt how to defend themselves using capoeria, disguised as a dance. Manuel...

April 2, 2016

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USA - Can a young country have traditional sports? With only two and a half centuries of history, the U.S. has yet become one of the greatest nations in the world of sport. A country built on the myth of "do it yourself" and "impossible is nothing", Manuel sets out to discover typical American sports. Journeying across California, he takes us for a ride in the world of alternative sports on the West Coast, from roller derby girls and street luge, to sand yachting in the desert. (From France, in...
Episodes 2015

December 12, 2015

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Japan - Manuel views sport as a passport, a humble little prism for understanding the countries he discovers. In Japan, sport is not only the expression of a thousand-year-old culture, but also a sounding board for technological and social developments, an outlet in which people can free themselves from collective norms. Manuel uses humour to get behind the masks of the people he meets. He comes across football-playing robots controlled by impassioned humanoid nerds, apprentice samurai, and als...

December 5, 2015

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Ethiopia - While Ethiopia has all the hallmarks of a mysterious, enchanting land of adventure, it has suffered from a disastrous image, and the only moment that has allowed the country to restore its reputation has been during the long-distance running events of the Olympic Games. Sport has thus become the most effective promotional tool of this tormented nation. Manuel Herrero begins his voyage with the 'Great Ethiopian Run', a race which brings together tens of thousands of Ethiopians, and la...

November 28, 2015

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Mexico - Manuel Herrero takes us on a journey through Mexico off the beaten path, looking at lesser known sports, each one representing a different aspect of Mexican identity. La lucha libre is a kind of Mexican style wrestling, a great role-playing game where masked wrestlers invent characters. Manuel also takes part in Nakiburi, a sort of hockey match played with straw sticks and is introduced to charreria, the sport of Mexican cowboys. (From France in French) (Documentary series) (class TBC...

November 21, 2015

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Indonesia - In spite of its 15,000 islands and a population of almost 250 million people, Indonesia is not, on the face of it, a great sporting nation. The country has never shone in the Olympic Games and its athletes are unknown outside its borders. And yet far from the well-trodden paths, Manuel discovers unusual sports which are deeply rooted in the multifarious and colourful Indonesian culture. At every stop on the way, he dives into strange worlds and shares the daily life of the people he...