OLYMPICS: BBC Sport launches new Olympic magazine series

June 11, 2013

Almost a year on from the spectacular London 2012 Games, BBC Sport has announced it is to launch a new Olympic magazine series and broadcast campaign encouraging sports participation across the UK.

Inspire: The Olympic Journey – a new monthly series airing on Saturday afternoons on BBC One – will celebrate the biggest names, the rising stars and the unsung heroes of Olympic sport.

Presented by Gabby Logan, the series will be accompanied by Get Inspired, a multiplatform, pan-BBC initiative to promote participation and help individuals get more involved in grass-root sporting activities.


MOTORSPORT: ‘Motor Racing at the BBC: That Petrol Emotion’ – New series on BBC Four

March 15, 2013

The glory days of British motor racing are to be celebrated in a new BBC Four series which buffs up some of the BBC’s most memorable coverage from the sport’s earliest days.

‘Motor Racing at the BBC: That Petrol Emotion’ is a five-part series which tells the compelling story of the early days of Formula 1 – from the 1950s through to the 1970s – courtesy of images from the BBC archives.

From track to paddock to a changing Britain beyond, and driven by a powerful period soundtrack, this new series is motor racing’s version of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Years’.

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CRICKET: Sky Sports announces 2013 County Cricket coverage

February 22, 2013

Sky Sports has confirmed its bumper live schedule of live English county cricket for the 2013 season.

They will show each county at least three times during the summer, with 60 live fixtures from the Yorkshire Bank 40, LV=County Championship and Friends Life t20.

In addition, Sky cameras will be at Essex when they host the England team for their Ashes warm-up match in preparation for their summer clashes against the Australians.

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MOTORSPORT: ITV4 to air virtual-to-reality GT Academy series

January 13, 2013

ITV4 will screen a new series of six programmes covering Nissan’s groundbreaking GT Academy, starting on February 4.

GT Academy challenges the conventions of motorsport by taking some of the fastest gamers in the world and fast tracking one of them to become a professional racing driver with the famous Japanese marque.

The series of high-octane, character-driven programmes will be broadcast across six weeks by ITV4 on Monday evenings at 8pm.

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TV: Sporting Heroes – New series on Sky Sports

January 5, 2013

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.

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WINTER SPORTS: Ski Sunday returns for the 2013 season on BBC Two

January 2, 2013

The new series of the BBC’s long-running Ski Sunday begins on January 13 and will feature all the thrills and excitement of the men’s and women’s World Cup skiing season as well as the usual mix of news and views from the world of winter sports.

Regular presenters Graham Bell and Ed Leigh return to front the 35th series across seven weeks on BBC Two and BBC HD, culminating with the FIS Alpine World Skiing Championships in Schladming, Austria from February 4-17.

They will joined by Olympic skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams, who retired from skeleton last year, as all three also look ahead to some of top British hopefuls for medals at next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, now just 13 months away.

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BOXING: ‘Flintoff – From Lord’s to the Ring’ – New series on Sky 1

November 13, 2012

Former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff’s preparations for his debut as a professional boxer will be the subject of a new documentary series on Sky 1 HD.

Entitled ‘Flintoff: From Lord’s to the Ring’, the 2005 and 2009 Ashes hero, who was forced to retire from cricket through injury at the age of 33, has opted for an unexpected and controversial career change.

Flintoff will make his professional heavyweight boxing debut on November 30, and this must-see three-part Sky 1 series has the complete journey of the build-up towards arguably the biggest challenge of his decorated sporting career.

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