Music by Julian Langdon (

Australia is a sporting nation, which means, in order to be a properly accredited member of society, with human rights and so on, you've got to either play sport or watch sport.

In this three-part series, John Clarke, arguably Australia's greatest natural athlete, looks at how Australia came to take its sport so seriously and what it means to be a sporting nation.

The series celebrates our sporting achievements (and we ask what the word 'our' means, since most of us didn't do it). It also examines the sporting passion of spectators and looks at how sport has shaped us as a nation.

John speaks to athletes, coaches, commentators and former Prime Ministers about sport and they confirm what we suspected: that if so many people are interested in sport, it's certainly not just about sport.

He discovers that the story of Australian sport has all the elements of great drama: a rich golden age, a crisis that threatens its very existence and a re-emergence against colossal odds. And it’s based largely on fact.

Network: ABC
Cast: John Clarke
Director: Bruce Permezel
Writer & Co-producer: John Clarke
Production Company: Princess Pictures
Producer: Andrea Denholm
Producer: Lavinia Riachi
Executive Producer: Laura Waters
Editor: Ian Carmichael
Sound Designer & Sound Re-recording Mixer: Keith Thomas
Music: Julian Langdon

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