Planet Ping Pong

I just watched most of a great documentary on BBC4 called ‘Planet Ping Pong’ about, well, table tennis. I missed the first 15 minutes (before 1949, roughly), unfortunately. If it comes to a channel near you soon (or YouTube or BitTorrent), check it out.

I’m very much out of practice and out of shape, but I used to love table tennis. It’s the short bursts of intensely focussed action. Rather like Mario vs Donkey Kong on the GBA.

Oh, and you could do worse than watching ピンポン, a Japanese film about high school table tennis.


  1. LW
    18 September 2006 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Just noticed this is being repeated on BBC4 Friday 22nd September 11.45pm.

  2. Harry
    18 September 2006 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Well, its worth a look. Not least because seeing people talking passionately about a subject that doesn’t normally get into the media is always interesting.

  3. Brian Worts
    21 September 2006 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    At our TT League AGM only two of us had seen it. Very good and I want to get a copy but from where?

  4. Harry
    21 September 2006 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Well, this link offers some contact details you could try:

    “Executive Producer is Michael Poole, the Series Producer John Das and the Producer/Director Robert Murphy.

    For further information about the programme, contact:

    Robert Murphy, BBC Bristol
    Phone: 0117 974 7604 or 07711 305 818″

  5. 8MDV8
    28 September 2006 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Soon, I’m gonna upload it to youtube. Ill reply again when I have.

  6. Harry
    28 September 2006 at 11:33 pm | Permalink


  7. JetSetStephen
    28 December 2006 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Hey 8MDV8, just wondered if you ever got around to uploading Planet Ping Pong to YouTube or BitTorrent? I’m dying to see it! :)

  8. MarioC
    19 January 2007 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    I really like to see this come around on BitTorrent. I’ve currently got it on my list of downloads, but there aren’t any seeds. I guess I’ll check YouTube, but BT would be MUCH better, as I’d like to give a copy to some people in my Table Tennis Club.

  9. Miked
    18 March 2007 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    I am also searching for the documentary, has any one uploaded a copy yet?

  10. 26 February 2008 at 10:41 am | Permalink

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  12. Adrian Rowbotham
    7 December 2008 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Has anyone managed to get hold of a copy of ‘Planet Ping Pong’ yet?

  13. 11 November 2009 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    I have seen the BBC documentry Planet Ping Pong. This in my opinion was the best show on the history of table tennis.
    Table tennis was a major sport in the 50s 60s and 70s but sadly is not in the media today due to bad promotion.
    I am president of an international club here in Spain and wish to know if it is possible to get a copy of the Panet Ping Pong for my members.

    Barry Meisel

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