“The amount of times we’ve pitched David Mitchell to do this for real,” laughs Simon Cole, lead creative on sports promos at Sky Creative. While football might get the most eyeballs (and jibes), the team also works across a vast array of other sports, from high end boxing promos starring Anthony Joshua to high speed Formula 1 ads.
Of all the sketches in That Mitchell and Webb Look, the comedy show from Peep Show stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb, one of the most memorable is Football. In it, Mitchell assumes the role of a supercharged Sky Sports presenter, storming and spluttering around the pitch to gear viewers up for the upcoming fixtures and growing increasingly flustered by how overwhelmingly epic it all is.
The skit derides the match day hype that underpins a lot of sports coverage, but that’s not to say people within the world of sport can’t laugh about it. Two years ago, the Bundesliga lifted the script for a Twitter thread promoting the weekend’s match fixtures, while Manchester City’s meta promotion for its clash with Manchester United this March involved a video called How to Make a Derby Promo with slides indicating where to insert elements like drone footage, soundbites and choir.