ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY Senna★★★★ 10.40pm-12.40am ITV
Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna was killed on the track 21 years ago today, on 1 May 1994. There’s no better tribute than this clear, objective and Bafta-winning British documentary directed by Asif Kapadia, which tells a pulse-quickening tale of four-wheeled sporting bravado using only existing archive footage and home movies. At least as dramatic as the effects-heightened wizardry of Ron Howard’s James Hunt biopic Rush (actually, more so), it charts the successive Grands Prix appearances of the Brazilian world champion from 1984 to 1994, when he had his fatal crash on the seventh lap of the San Marino race. A working knowledge of the sport is not required, and even those as averse to the incessant hum of motor racing as I am will find themselves gripped. It portrays Senna himself as flamboyant but troubled, a campaigner for motor safety who drove with a virtual death wish – especially when locked in bitter combat with rival Alain Prost. Riveting stuff.
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