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Not Cricket: The Basil D’Oliveira Conspiracy

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“A damning indictment of racism … and a valuable sporting profile.” The Sunday Times

“Superb…” The Sunday Telegraph

One of the great betrayals of modern sport. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous events of 1968, this major documentary tells the story of Basil D’Oliveira and his treatment by the English establishment, as D’Oliveira himself speaks out for the first time. Written and narrated by PETER OBORNE, with explosive new evidence it tells the full story of the D’Oliveira scandal, explaining the critical political role that cricket played in bringing about the fall of Apartheid in South Africa.

In 1968 Basil D’Oliveira, a brilliant “Coloured” cricketer from South Africa who had made his home in the UK, found himself at the centre of a row that rocked the English political and sporting establishment. Excluded from the England team to tour South Africa – apparently because of his race – “The D’Oliveira Affair” was to lead directly to the sporting isolation of South Africa, which helped end the system of white rule in South Africa.

A Film by PAUL YULE

WINNER – Royal Television Society Best Documentary Award 2005

“A documentary that’s both an indictment of shameful behaviour and a fabulous celebration of one man’s success against the odds.” The Guardian
“Fascinating and shaming …” The Mail on Sunday
“An expose of corruption, blackmail, political chicanery and the establishment trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the world.” The Sunday Times
“An amazing film of his life …” Evening Standard

 

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