We Are The Champions, 1973
How about a little exercise for today’s post. Let’s go back 49 years and look back at this perhaps forgotten Kids TV series.
We Are The Champions jumped onto our Kids TV schedules in June 1973, by the time it ended it’s run, in 2010, it had clocked up 16 series, 91 episodes and 13 specials.
The show was hosted by BBC sports commentator and athletics coach Ron Pickering who continued in the role right up until his death in 1991.
The original show ran until 1987, from 1983 a number of annual special editions were also broadcast, again until 1991 these were hosted by Ron Pickering. The special Editions would continue until 1995. In 2010 the series enjoyed a brief revival over a final 5 shows as part of the BBC’s Sport’s Relief programming.
The programme was formatted around a traditional British school sports day, in which children compete in various athletics and swimming competitions.
Each programme would conclude with Pickering shouting to the children “”Away Y’ Go” at which point they would all run and jump/dive into the swimming pool as the titles ran.
Ron Pickering, 1973 – 1991
Gary Lineker, 1991 – 1992
Linford Christie, 1993 – 1994
Judy Simpson, 1995
Paddy McGuiness, 2010 (Sports Relief)
Created By: Alan Russell and Ron Pickering
Original Transmission Dates:
13th June 1973 – 13th August 1987 (original series)
18th August 1983 – 25th July 1995 (annual special)
8th March – 12th March 2010 (Sports Relief)