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125 Years of Wimbledon: You Cannot Be Serious

Richard Armitage narrated a documentary about the history of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.

The first Championships were held on the lawns of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in south west London in 1877. With the exception of nine years during the First and Second World Wars, they've been held every year since then. The 2011 Championships are the 125th, hence this documentary, which was broadcast on the eve of the tournament in June 2011.

It included archive film of the players of the past, as well as interviews with more recent champions, among them John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graff, Roger Federer, Boris Becker, Bille Jean King, the Williams sisters and Rafa Nadal.

The programme explored the unique atmosphere of the tournament, and relived some of the famous moments from its long history. One of them, John McEnroe's infamous tantrum over a disputed line-call in a match on the old No 1 Court during the 1981 Championships, provided the title for the programme.


Video clips


This clip introduces the programme.


The Australians

From the mid-1950s to the early 1970s, Wimbledon was dominated by the Australians, in particular, Rod Laver.


Further information

125 Years of Wimbledon: You Cannot Be Serious at the BBC website
Official website of The Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club


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