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The BBC Collection - Sport

'Sports do not build character. They reveal it.' -- Heywood Broun. Whether your bag is golf, cricket, football, rugby or the whole gamut of the Olympic Games, you'll find something to enjoy in this great collection.

 

Sport

  • Brian Johnston: Johnners' Trivia Test Match
    by Brian Johnston
    Narrated by Brian Johnston, Tim Rice, Willie Rushton, Stephen Fry, Paul Merton, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer
    3.80 (4 ratings)
    Brian Johnston - aka 'Johnners' - the BBC's long-time cricket commentator, is the umpire in this test of wit and general knowledge, as two teams try to score the highest number of runs under his watchful eye. In these four episodes, team captains Tim Rice and Willie Rushton are joined by Stephen Fry, Paul Merton, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Bill Tidy, Caroline Quentin, Bernard Cribbins, and Robin Bailey. But which questions will they go for? The easier 'single' worth just one run?
  • An Olympick Vision (Radio 3 Sunday Feature)
    by Ed Smith
    Narrated by Ed Smith
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    The story of how Britain's Olympic journey started 400 years ago - in the Cotswolds. It was once thought that the modern Olympics was the brainchild of Baron Pierre de Coubertin alone and put into action in Greece in 1896. The man himself encouraged the myth.
  • The Ration Book Olympics
    by Tommy Godwin, Dorothy Manley, Roger Bannister
    Narrated by Clare Balding
    4.30 (6 ratings)
    Clare Balding looks back at the time the Olympic Games came to London in 1948. Three years after the end of the Second World War, Britain was still gripped by austerity. Rationing was still in force, severe bomb damage was still much in evidence, and no new sports facilities could be built. Visiting athletes were put up in schools and RAF camps. Yet the Games were a resounding success and actually made a profit.
  • 1980 Moscow Olympics: The Reunion
    by Colin Moynihan, Duncan Goodhew, Joslyn Hoyte-Smith, Dick Palmer
    Narrated by Sue MacGregor
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    In 1979, the British team was in training for the following year's Olympics when Russia invaded Afghanistan. President Carter, backed by Margaret Thatcher, urged athletes to boycott the event, and the worlds of politics and sport seemed caught in a deadlock. This fascinating programme sees Sue MacGregor reuniting members of the British Olympic team as they recall that controversial year.
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  • Among the Managers
    by Robert Peston
    Narrated by Robert Peston
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    It's a world in which teamwork and goals are more than just motivational phrases, and moving the goal posts will get you sent off the pitch. Football management has come a long way since men in sheepskin coats bestrode the land. Robert Peston, lifts the lid on this multimillion pound industry, and with managers like Harry Redknapp, Dario Gradi, and Sam Allardyce, explores the management skills of Britain's top football managers - as well as asking what football managers can learn from their counterparts in the boardroom.
  • Colin Murray's Gold Run Extra Complete
    by Colin Murray
    Narrated by Colin Murray
    1.00 (1 ratings)
    A series of extended interviews from Colin Murray's Gold Run - one man's quest to meet every living GB gold medallist from the summer Olympics. In these nine episodes, Murray talks to David Bond, Ben Ainslie, the GB 4x100 relay team, Bradley Wiggins, Ann Packer, Daley Thompson, Rebecca Adlington, Sir Chris Hoy, Jonathan Edwards, Linford Christie, Mary Peters, Matthew Pinsent, Duncan Goodhew, the 1988 hockey squad, Gillian Sheen, Dame Kelly Holmes and Sir Steve Redgrave.
  • Cricketing Tales from the Dressing Room
    by BBC Audiobooks Ltd
    Narrated by Jonathan Agnew
    3.60 (8 ratings)
    BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew introduces a new collection of anecdotes and reflections from some of the best-loved characters of international cricket: Jack Russell, Derek Pringle, Graham Gooche, Ian Botham, Derek Underwood, Geoff Lawson and many more.
  • Cricketing Tales from The Dressing Room: The Ashes Special
    by BBC Audiobooks Ltd
    Narrated by Jonathan Agnew
    4.00 (9 ratings)
    BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew introduces a new collection of anecdotes and reflections from some of the best-loved characters of Ashes cricket. Merv Hughes, Derek Randall, Ian Botham, Gladstone Small, Darren Gough and many more
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  • John Arlott's Cricketing Wides, Byes and Slips!
    by BBC Audiobooks Ltd
    Narrated by John Arlott
    4.20 (11 ratings)
    John Arlott was BBC's Voice of Cricket for more than 30 summers and reported on all the key cricket matches from the 1940s to his final commentary in 1980 at Lords. The imagery and wit of an incomparable broadcaster is captured here in a unique collection of historic moments.
  • Johnners at The Beeb
    by Brian Johnston
    Narrated by Brian Johnston
    4.30 (3 ratings)
    Barry Johnston presents a retrospective of his father's career as a much-loved BBC broadcaster. Jovial Johnners was the doyen of cricket commentators, as well as a consumer of chocolate cake, a reporter, presenter, quiz-master and much-loved voice at State occasions. For nearly 50 years the ever-affable, always enthusiastic Brian Johnston brought warmth and wit to a wide range of BBC programmes.
  • Johnner's Cricketing Gaffes, Giggles and Cakes
    by Barry Johnston
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.20 (12 ratings)
    A compelation of cricketing moments including the letter from William H Tit, the streakers commentaries, the chocolate cake mouthfuls, Johnners numerous scoring mix ups, the resemblance between Fred Truemand and a turnip, cricket for the blind, Jim'll Fix it voiceover, Ned Sherrin interviewing Johnners on his last Test Match, the Parrot impersonation, John Cleese and John Major admitting he stopped cabinet meetings to get the test match results.
  • Johnners' It's Been a Lot of Fun
    by Brian Johnston
    Narrated by Brian Johnston
    4.70 (7 ratings)
    Brian Johnston covered cricket for BBC Radio and Television, at home and abroad, beginning in 1946. After Eton, Oxford, and The Guards, he joined the BBC only by chance. In this reading from his book, he covers his career and family life from the start.
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  • Rugby Union: Wit, Wisdom and Mud
    by BBC Audiobooks Ltd
    Narrated by Tony O'Reilly
    1.90 (7 ratings)
    No game generates more passion, or stirs the emotions, like Rugby Union. No game enjoys itself more when the final whistle blows. And none has produced quite such a line of good talkers, on or off the subject. Here, from the BBC's unique Sound Archives, are memories of great teams, matches and tries, the wit and wisdom of some of the legendary characters to have graced the game and a few of its celebrated followers.
  • Sport and the British
    by Clare Balding
    Narrated by Clare Balding
    4.90 (8 ratings)
    In this 30-part narrative history series, with the help of the academic team from the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, Clare looks at the unique and vital role sport has played, and continues to play, in our national life.
  • Sport and the British: Boxing
    by Clare Balding
    Narrated by Clare Balding
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Clare Balding presents the landmark BBC Radio 4 series which charts how sport has shaped the British and how Britain has shaped sport. This recording brings together the two boxing-related episodes from the series. Apart from the English language itself, the invention of modern sport has been our major cultural legacy to the rest of the world.
  • Sport and the British: Cricket
    by Clare Balding
    Narrated by Clare Balding
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Clare Balding presents the landmark BBC Radio 4 series which charts how sport has shaped the British and how Britain has shaped sport. This recording brings together the three cricket-related episodes from the series. Apart from the English language itself, the invention of modern sport has been our major cultural legacy to the rest of the world.
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  • Sport and the British: Football
    by Clare Balding
    Narrated by Clare Balding
    4.00 (1 ratings)
    Clare Balding presents the landmark BBC Radio 4 series which charts how sport has shaped the British and how Britain has shaped sport. This recording brings together the five football-related episodes from the series. Apart from the English language itself, the invention of modern sport has been our major cultural legacy to the rest of the world. With the help of the academic team from De Montfort University, Clare looks at the unique and vital role sport has played, and continues to play, in our national life.
  • Sport and the British: Rugby
    by Clare Balding
    Narrated by Clare Balding
    4.00 (2 ratings)
    and how Britain has shaped sport. This recording brings together the four rugby-related episodes from the series. Apart from the English language itself, the invention of modern sport has been our major cultural legacy to the rest of the world.
  • Sporting Gaffes
    by BBC Audiobooks
    Narrated by John Inverdale
    4.80 (4 ratings)
    A hilarious collection of BBC broadcasting blunders presented by John Inverdale. There are no gaffes like sporting gaffes. In the excitement of the moment, and live on air, commentators and sports personalities can say the most amazing and silliest things. This complication includes slips-of-the-tongue and scrambling of words which produce gales of laughter from the commentary box - and those listening in.
  • Sporting Gaffes: Volume 2
    by BBC Audiobooks
    Narrated by John Inverdale
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    Whoops! John Inverdale presents another hilarious selection of resounding clangers from the very sporting BBC Sports Department. Here are the gremlins, giggles, goofs and gaffes that can turn an innocent sports report into a commentator's nightmare - and a listener's dream. So 'corpse' with the Test Match Special team, relish 'own goal' innuendoes with guileless correspondents and ride the turbulent sound waves of technical disasters.