BBC One's tribute documentary Muhammad Ali: The Greatest receives universal praise from viewers


Muhammad Ali (Don Morley/EMPICS Sport)

Muhammad Ali: The Greatest was broadcast in place of The Musketeers in a change to BBC One schedules prompted by the death of the three-time world heavyweight champion.

Ali, who had battled Parkinson's disease for 32 years, died in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday evening local time after being admitted to hospital with a respiratory condition earlier in the week.

his funeral will take place in his home town of Louisville, Kentucky on June 10, where flags have been flying at half-mast since his death was announced.

Stars from around the world have been queuing up to pay tribute to him and the BBC documentary, which included contributions from Sir Michael Parkinson, David Beckham, James Earl Jones and former US president Bill Clinton, was praised by viewers who expressed opinions on Twitter.

He was The Greatest