Glorious Recommends: Weekend Viewing
Want to curl up in front of a screen this weekend but stuck for something to watch? We’ve got you covered!
With April showers on the cards, there’s nothing better than getting home, putting on comfy clothes and relaxing on the sofa to recharge in front of the TV. From live sport to cutting edge documentaries with women’s sport at their heart, we’ve compiled a list of the best documentaries, sporting events and films on our radar right now!
No Woman No Try, Amazon Prime Video Sport
No Woman No Try is a must-watch for anyone with an interest in women’s sport. The documentary film takes an honest and important look into how women’s rugby players are treated, and how the female game is evolving into one of the fastest- growing sports in the UK (despite it not receiving the investment or respect it deserves). Inspired by the #IAmEnough movement, started by No Woman No Try director and Richmond player Victoria Rush, this brilliant documentary looks at gender, ethnicity, and sexual equality in women’s rugby, with insightful contributions from female players such as Shaunagh Brown, Stef Evans and Alema Zainab. Ugo Monye also appears to speak of the importance of male allyship. Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video Sport.
Randox Grand National 2022, Saturday 9th April, 5:15pm ITV
The Grand National is the world’s best-known horse race. This year we will see 40 runners tackle the daunting obstacles of Aintree’s 30 Grand National fences over a grueling four and a half mile distance. Around 150,000 fans will attend the three-day fixture at Aintree with 70,000 due to pack the stands for the Grand National for the first time since 2019. All eyes will be on Rachael Blackmore to see if she can repeat her historic triumph of 2021. Rachel became the first female jockey to win the famous race and is set to return with her winning horse Minella Times.
The three-day Grand National Festival began yesterday and coverage of the event can be found via ITV racing. The 174th Randox Grand National will begin at 17:15 BST on Saturday. Watch here
Maiden is a must-see documentary film showcasing the inspirational story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. Tracy’s dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up: she re-mortgaged her home and bought a second-hand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. With the support of her remarkable crew, she went on to shock the sport and prove that women are the equal of men.
Watch Maiden on Netflix UK
Vitality Netball Superleague, Sky Sports
Have you been keeping up with the Vitality Netball Super League (VNSL)? Founded in 2005, the VNSL is the UK’s top-level, elite netball competition featuring eleven teams from England, Wales and Scotland. The first 20 rounds of the regular season run during the first half of the calendar year and culminates in semi-finals and a grand final to determine the league champions.There have been six different champions in the first 15 full seasons of the VNSL including current holders Loughborough Lightning. Tonight (Friday 9th April, at 19:30 BST) watch Surrey Storm take on Team Bath Netball at the Surrey Sports Park on Sky Sports, or tomorrow watch Saracens Mavericks play the Celtic Dragons broadcast on Sky Sports from Hertfordshire Sports Village at 16:00 BST in the 12th round of the competition. More info here
Perfect, Amazon Prime
Synchronised swimming is for girls. It’s for girls who can run a 400-metre sprint while holding their breath, and smiling. Perfect dives beyond the sequins and mascara to follow a team of elite athletes that do whatever it takes to make it to the Olympics. Filmmaker Jérémie Battaglia follows the Canadian synchronised swimming team as it trains for the Rio Olympics. They’ll suffer concussions, black eyes, dislocated knees and sacrifice all on their quest for perfection. Though the film was released in 2016, it highlights the underrepresented and often misunderstood athleticism of synchro, so we think Perfect is still worth a watch in 2022! Watch here
TikTok Women’s Six Nations, Saturday, BBC2
The TikTok Women’s Six Nations Championship has broken from the traditional link to the men’s calendar and is now played in a six-week window in late March and April. This Saturday (9th April) tune into the much anticipated game of England v Wales (Kick-off 4.45pm). Watch all the action from the match on BBC2 in this third round fixture, held at the Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester. England are the defending champions and recorded an emphatic 66-7 victory when the sides last met in this competition two years ago at Twickenham Stoop. This is a match you really won’t want to miss! Watch here
King Richard, rent on streaming platforms from £4.99
It was the slap heard across the world when Will Smith stepped onto the stage at the recent Oscars to assault Chris Rock, but don’t let that put you off watching the Oscar winning masterpiece King Richard. Armed with a clear vision and a brazen, 78-page plan, Richard Williams was determined to write his two daughters, Venus and Serena, into history. Training on tennis courts in Compton, California, Richard shaped the girls’ unyielding commitment and keen intuition. Together, the Williams family defies seemingly insurmountable odds and the prevailing expectations laid before them and it’s well worth a watch!
Tap here to read our recent interview with the sisters’ academy coach, Rick Macci (played by John Bernthal.)
Fighting With My Family, Curzon Home Cinema
After Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson watched a documentary one sleepless night, the next morning he called his good friend, The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant to pitch an idea. Merchant loved it and started writing the script immediately. Paige and her brother Zak (Florence Pugh and Jack Lowden) were born into a wrestling family. They’ve spent their entire lives dreaming about leaving their small town of Norwich and heading to America, to join the WWE. Their parents (Nick Frost and Lena Heady) run a local wrestling club and have raised them to be champions. The pair both get called for WWE tryouts, but only Paige makes the grade. She then heads off to Florida for training, whilst Zak is left in Norwich! Watch on Curzon Films Home Cinema for £3.99