TV: Sporting Heroes – New series on Sky Sports

A new 12-part series on Sky Sports will take you up close and personal with some of the biggest stars in the world of sport.

Sporting Heroes invites a host of big names to take part in an hour-long interview to bring Sky Sports viewers an in-depth look at some of the biggest names from a variety of disiplines.

Veteran sports broadcaster Gary Newbon will introduce each episode and conduct three of the interviews in series, but in twist compared to most series of its kind it will be also asking sports stars to interview their own sporting heroes, bringing viewers an even more unique insight into their lives and careers.

From athletics to football, golf to boxing, motor racing to gymnastics and much more, a group of famous sporting figures and legendary sporting names share their views on a host of subjects, from discussing the fondest moments from their own sporting careers to analysing the dedication and commitment required to reach the very top in their craft.

The first episode of the series was broadcast on Christmas Day, when England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winning coach and BOA elite performance director Sir Clive Woodward sat down for a one-on-one conversation with England football manager Roy Hodgson.

Each of the remaining seven episodes will air on Wednesday nights, beginning on January 9 when the focus turns onto athletics as former World and European champion sprinter Kriss Akabusi interviews his sporting idol Daley Thompson.

Akabusi’s colourful interview will aim to find out what drove Thompson to gold medal success at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and the Los Angeles Games four years later, with plenty of fascinating stories from two men who have reached the very top of their chosen sport.

In forthcoming weeks, presenter Gary Newbon will sit one-on-one with three great sporting figures, including former Olympic sprint champion Carl Lewis, world heavyweight champion boxer Lennox Lewis and legendary motor racing driver Sir Stirling Moss.

The series also features Graham Taylor meeting his sporting idol Denis Law, one of select group of players to have played for both Manchester United and Manchester City in his career.

Two legends of South African rugby union, both of them World Cup winning captains, go face-to-face on February 6 as John Smit interviews Francois Pienaar.

Gymnastics will be the focus of the final episode of the series as former British Olympic gymnast and Sky Sports presenter Suzanne Dando meets the great Olga Korbut.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist shot to fame in the 1972 Olympics with her flamboyant and ground-breaking routines, becoming one of the most iconic figures in the history of Olympic gymnastics.

A further four episodes have been added to the series schedule, featuring interviews with Mary Rand, Lynn Davies, Phil Taylor and Tim Witherspoon.

Tuesday 25th December
Episode 1: Sir Clive Woodward meets Roy Hodgson
9.00pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 2
Watch online via Sky Go (£)
 
Wednesday 9th January
Episode 2: Kriss Akabusi meets Daley Thompson
10.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 1
Watch online via Sky Go (£)
 
Wednesday 16th January
Episode 3: Gary Newbon meets Carl Lewis
10.30pm-11.30am – Sky Sports 1
 
Wednesday 23rd January
Episode 4: Graham Taylor meets Denis Law
10.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 1
 
Wednesday 30th January
Episode 5: Gary Newbon meets Lennox Lewis
10.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 1
 
Wednesday 6th February
Episode 6: John Smit meets Francois Pienaar
10.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 1
 
Wednesday 13th February
Episode 7: Gary Newbon meets Sir Stirling Moss
10.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 1
 
Wednesday 20th February
Episode 8: Suzanne Dando meets Olga Korbut
10.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 2
 
Wednesday 6th March
Episode 9: Gary Newbon meets Mary Rand
Wednesday 13th March
Episode 10: Greg Rutherford meets Lynn Davies
Wednesday 20th March
Episode 11: Gary Newbon meets Phil Taylor
Wednesday 27th March
Episode 12: Johnny Nelson meets Tim Witherspoon
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