Race and Pace: The West Indians in East Lancashire


A story about friendship, race, community and sport. Race and Pace features Sir Viv Richards, Sir Wes Hall and David Lloyd exploring how and why the world’s biggest black cricketing stars came to live and play in small white towns in Northern England.


  • Winner - 02 Best Sports Programme 2018
  • Nominated: RTS North West Best Sports Programme 2018
  • Nominated: Sports Journalists' Association Awards 2018 Best Documentary
  • Nominated: AIPS Sports Media Awards, Best Video Documentary 2018, ranked 5th in the world

Race and Pace reunited old friends after decades and oceans apart and told a positive, heart-warming story about an often-hidden area of Britain.

Made on a small budget, the story grew in demand and was broadcast right across the BBC. Starting on BBC4, with showings on BBC News Channel, Breakfast, Radio 4, Radio Five Live and North West Tonight.

The producers discovered interviewees who had never spoken before, persuaded world-famous sportsmen to be interviewed and also crossed the Atlantic to track down the 89-year-old daughter of the first black cricketer to play in Lancashire.

Race and Pace focused on the stories of Learie Constantine in the 1920s, Sir Wes Hall in the 1960s and Sir Viv Richards in the 1980s.

The impact and reaction to the programme was huge, it even lead to Sir Wes Hall being flown to the UK and reuniting with his former teammates for the first time in 50 years.


Lee Clayton, Sports Editor, Daily Mail

“Brilliant, essential viewing”

Dan Roan, BBC Sports Editor

“A must watch”

Paul Hayward, Chief Sports Writer, Daily Telegraph

“Brilliant, recommended”

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