Chris’s Sport on Freeview Guide – Issue 5.5

Hello all –

So, first thing – let’s assess what ‘free’ live football we can expect to see this season, and how that may change next season.

First – UEFA Champions League.  Currently, ITV can show 18 live games a season but from the 2015/16 season rights go exclusively to BT.  BT is obliged to show one game of each British team, plus the final – so at a minimum that’s 5 games, whether or not we will see more than that we’ll have to wait and see.

Second – FA Cup. BBC has the rights again from this season, sharing with BT.  BBC will screen 16 live games, that’s including any replays along the way.

Europa League next – ITV can currently show 29 live games a season, but next season it’s all BT’s to show.  Same arrangement as Champions League – BT have to show one game for each British club plus the final, so a minimum of four games.

There’s also approximately eight England internationals/friendlies that will be screened live on ITV each year – so for this season I make that 71 games?  That’s not bad for FREE.  And that’s the key word… FREE.  Yes, Sky and BT have loads more games, but they come at a cost…  Although next year, that figure could drop to 33 games at its lowest, we’ll have to see…

Listening to Pick of the Pops with Tony Blackburn – great show as always and pleased to hear Cliff Richard being played, I was worried BBC4 would edit TOTP ’79 in a few weeks when it returns (Cliff will be number 1 with ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’) but thankfully it looks like his music can be played – it’s the right decision, Cliff hasn’t even been charged, remember that people!

In more news, Pro12 Rugby starts Friday on BBC Alba and BBC Wales – but not on Red Button, they’re showing Eastenders Extra.  I’ve tweeted BBC Red Button asking if they can show coverage delayed, rather than not at all – I’ll keep you posted.  Eastenders Extra seems to be on all Friday night, this could easily be trimmed for the rugby.

Finally, CBS Action will start on Freeview!  Great news – brilliant channel on Sky which shows ‘Star Trek the Next Generation’, ‘NCIS’, ‘Walker Texas Ranger’ and loads more.  Placeholder currently on Channel 90 at the moment.

Chris

 

Chris’s Sport on Freeview Guide – Issue 5

Chris’s Sport on Freeview Guide – Issue 5

It’s a Darts Special this week!  180!  First thing, I was on BBC Radio Leeds on Wednesday August 27th 2014 at 1:30pm LIVE, being interviewed by Martin Kelner about my life!  It’ll also be on BBC Iplayer for a week after broadcast – tune in if you can and let me know what you think of the ‘Leigh Tandoori’ song at the end!

Link to the show at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024rf2y and search for the August 27th show.

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Me with Martin Kelner at BBC Radio Leeds on 27/08/2014

Before the Darts news, just to let you know you can now follow me on Twitter – I can be found at https://twitter.com/chriscbenson please spread the word about the site!

Starting off then with an interview with the PDC – Challenge TV will be showing coverage of the Sydney Darts Masters this week, starting on Thursday, so we thought we’d ask PDC a couple of questions for this week’s blog.

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Full Picture Credit: PDC

Chris:  So what PDC darts can we expect on Freeview channels over the next few months?

PDC: On ITV4 we have four events during the year, with three still to come during the autumn of 2014, as follows:

European Championship – October 24-26 live from Germany

The Masters – November 1-2, live from Edinburgh

Players Championship Finals, November 28-30, live from Butlins Minehead Resort.

In addition, ITV4 screen the UK Open in March, which will be back in 2015.

Chris: What players can we expect to take part?

PDC: All of these events will feature the likes of Michael van Gerwen (current World Champion and world number one), Phil Taylor (16-time World Champion) and stars such as Adrian Lewis (2014 UK Open champion and 2013 European Champion), Simon Whitlock (world number four and former European Champion).

Chris: Are any more events likely to be added to Freeview in the future?

PDC: We have no further events planned with Challenge TV but can’t rule anything out in the future, in addition to our events with ITV4 and on Sky Sports.

As background, last year’s World Series of Darts events in Dubai and Sydney were shown on Eurosport, and the Dubai Darts Masters in May 2014 was live on Sky Sports.

Chris: So, can you confirm whether the Sydney Darts Masters will be shown delayed or live?

PDC: It’s been confirmed tonight (Sydney time!) that the broadcast will be delayed but full coverage “as live” from Sydney.

The broadcast times are:

Thursday August 28 – 10pm-2am, 8x First Round

Friday August 29 – 10pm-1am, 4x Quarter-Finals

Saturday August 30 – 10pm-1am, Semi-Finals & Final

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Full Picture Credit: PDC

Competing Players

PDC Stars

Michael van Gerwen – Reigning World Champion & world number one

Phil Taylor – 16-time World Champion & Perth Darts Masters winner

Simon Whitlock – Australian number one & former European Champion

Peter Wright – 2014 World Championship finalist

James Wade – Seven-time major champion

Dave Chisnall – 2013 World Grand Prix finalist

Raymond van Barneveld – Five-time World Champion & Premier League champion

Stephen Bunting – Reigning Lakeside Champion & World Series of Darts debutant

 

Oceanic Qualifiers

Paul Nicholson – Former Players Championship Finals winner

Warren Parry – New Zealand number one & three-time Oceanic Masters winner

Loz Ryder – Current DPA Australian Grand Prix number one

Shane Tichowitsch – Current DPA Australian Grand Prix number two

David Platt – Current DPA Australian Grand Prix number three

John Weber – Current DPA Australian Grand Prix number four

Kyle Anderson – DPA Qualifier

Damon Heta – DPA Qualifier

 

TAB.com.au Sydney Darts Masters

First Round Draw & Tournament Bracket

Michael van Gerwen (1) v Warren Parry

James Wade v Shane Tichowitsch

Peter Wright (4) v Loz Ryder

Stephen Bunting v John Weber

Phil Taylor (2) v Paul Nicholson

Dave Chisnall v Damon Heta

Simon Whitlock (3) v David Platt

Raymond van Barneveld v Kyle Anderson

 

Thursday August 28 (8pm local time)

First Round Schedule of Play

Dave Chisnall v Damon Heta

Stephen Bunting v John Weber

Peter Wright v Loz Ryder

Raymond van Barneveld v Kyle Anderson

James Wade v Shane Tichowitsch

Phil Taylor v Paul Nicholson

Simon Whitlock v David Platt

Michael van Gerwen v Warren Parry

Best of 11 legs

 

Friday August 29 (8pm local time)

Quarter-Finals

Best of 15 legs

 

Saturday August 30 (8pm local time)

Semi-Finals

Best of 19 legs

Final

Best of 21 legs

 

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Full Picture Credit: PDC

Thanks to PDC for the interview – we’ll be keeping in contact with them over the coming months.  It is my dream to one day be a compere for the darts – I would love that!  Maybe one day…

Don’t miss Challenge TV’s coverage of the Sydney Darts Masters starting this Thursday at 10pm!

Saturday August 30th 2014:

06:30 – 07:25 Channel 4 General Trans World Sport.
07:25 – 07:55 Channel 4 Motorsport The Grid
07:55 – 08:55 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Morning Line.
09:30 – 15:25 301 General Equestrianism – World Equestrian Games in France.
12:10 – 12:50 BBC1 Football Football Focus
12:15 – 14:15 BBC2 Rowing Rowing LIVE – World Championships in Amsterdam.
12:50 – 13:00 BBC1 General Saturday Sportsday
13:40 – 16:10 Channel 4 Horse Racing Racing LIVE – From Sandown, Chester and Beverley.
15:00 – 16:00 BBC1 General Youth Olympic Games Highlights.
15:50 – 17:20 ITV4 Motorsport British Touring Car Championship Highlights.
16:00 – 17:10 BBC1 Football Final Score – LIVE Score Updates.
19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket One Day Cricket Highlights – England v India
19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Vuelta a Espana – Stage 8 Highlights.
22:00 – 01:00 Challenge Darts Sydney Masters – Coverage of the Semi Finals and Final (Coverage starts on August 25th on Challenge)
22:20 – 23:45 BBC1 Football Match of the Day – Including Everton v Chelsea.
23:45 – 01:05 BBC1 Football The Football League Show (Repeated on 301 Red Button during the night and 9:00am BBC2 on Sunday morning).

 

Sunday August 31st 2014:

07:00 – 08:00 Channel 4 General Triathlon Highlights
07:50 – 09:20 ITV4 Motorsport British Touring Car Championship Highlights.
11:50 – 13:45 BBC2 Rowing Concluding day of the World Championships from Amsterdam.
12:15 – 13:00 BBC2 Football MOTD2 Extra
13:30 – 16:15 301 General Equestrianism – World Equestrian Games in France.
13:45 – 16:00 BBC2 General Triathlon – ITU World Series Event from Canada.
18:00 – 19:00 Dave General Soapbox Race – Coverage from Paris.
19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Vuelta a Espana – Stage 9 Highlights.
21:00 – 23:00 Challenge Wrestling TNA Wresting
22:25 – 23:35 BBC1 Football Match of the Day 2 – including Tottenham v Liverpool.
23:00 – 23:30 Challenge Wrestling Wrestle Talk TV

 

Monday September 1st 2014:

12:00 – 00:15 301 Football Football Focus Transfer Deadline Day Special
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Motorsport MOTOGP Highlights – British Grand Prix from Silverstone.  (Look out for next week’s blog for a special MOTOGp related interview…)
21:00 – 22:00 ITV4 Motorsport The Motorbike Show.
23:00 – 00:00 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights.
23:35 – 00:15 BBC1 Football Football Focus Transfer Deadline Day Special

 

Tuesday September 2nd 2014:

13:00 – 13:45 BBC2 Rugby League The Super League Show
19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket One Day Cricket Highlights – England v India
19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Vuelta a Espana – Stage 10 Highlights.

 

Wednesday September 3rd 2014:

19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Vuelta a Espana – Stage 11 Highlights.
19:30 – 22:20 ITV Football England v Norway.  LIVE Friendly from Wembley.

Please note you will have to retune your Freeview boxes during today.  Some channels are moving (e.g BBC Red Button will be moving to Channel 601).  For more information, please visit http://www.a516digital.com/2014/08/faq-freeview-channel-changes-3.html

Thursday September 4th 2014:

14:30 – 17:15 BBC2 General Equestrianism – World Equestrian Games in France.
19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Vuelta a Espana – Stage 12 Highlights.
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Cycling Documentary – Greg Lemond: Slaying the Badger.

Friday September 5th 2014:

08:55 – 10:35 BBC2 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Practice 1 – LIVE
13:00 – 14:35 BBC2 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Practice 2 – LIVE
14:35 – 16:45 BBC2 General Equestrianism – World Equestrian Games in France.
19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket One Day Cricket Highlights – England v India
19:00 – 21:00 BBC3 Athletics Diamond League LIVE – Final event of the season.
19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Vuelta a Espana – Stage 13 Highlights.

My TV pick of the week – Never The Twain begins on ITV3 from the beginning on Monday!  Windsor Davies and Donald Sinden, it’s a classic!

Chris

Chris’s Kind of Music – Special Issue 1

‘Chris’s Kind of Music’

Introduction by the Author

Welcome to my very special Music Club – occasionally on this sports blog I’m going to recommend one album…  I’m going to listen to it and review it.  There’s several rules to my music choices – for example, no compilations!  (Maybe in rare circumstances I’ll include these, for example I know I’ll include some of the ‘Now’ albums because I bought these as a kid).

For this first phase at least, I’ll be including albums I’ve heard before and played on many occasions – albums I know and love and just want to write about how good they are!  Perhaps you’ll read about one that you’ve not listened to before and go out and try it… that’s the idea.  They’re not in chronological order or anything like that…

So, here’s Albums number one and two to get us going…

  • Chas and Dave – Mustn’t Grumble (1981)

 

I first heard this album in early 2013, during a ‘1981’ season I was doing… I’d watched a documentary about their career on BBC4 and although I was already accustomed to one of their ‘Greatest Hits’ compilations, thought I’d look for an album to try.  ‘Mustn’t Grumble’ does not disappoint.

Track Listing:

1 Poor Old Mr. Woogie
2 Bored Stiff
3 Don’t Anyone Speak English?
4 Turn That Noise Down!
5 Beer Belly
6 Behave Yourself
7 Ain’t No Pleasin’ You
8 I Miss Ya Girl
9 Lonnie D.
10 Wallop!
11 Rabbit

My top three songs off the album have to be ‘Ain’t No Pleasin’ You’ (which to be frankly honest I’ve never fully appreciated in the past but can now see just how bloody good a song it is), ‘Lonnie D’ is fantastic – their very own tribute to Lonnie Donegan and the tune will instantly get stuck in your head!  ‘Beer Belly’ is also another classic – I can’t think of another song about beer bellies, and the lyrics and tune are catchy.  You’ll have heard of ‘Rabbit’, that’s on this album too – I love ‘Rabbit’, with its immortal line “You’ve got more Rabbit than Sainsbury’s!”.  Another good number has to be ‘Don’t Anyone Speak English’ – one of the lines in this song is “I’ve had my share of Grumble”… I must be naïve but I didn’t know what that was until I ‘Googled’ it (look for Grumble and Grunt – see for yourselves J).  It’s a brilliant LP – go out there and play it!  And please reply to the blog if you listen to it for the first time and let me know what you think!

Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark (2008)

 

Me and my wife played this album in the car loads of times when it was first released.  It’s Neil Diamond, but perhaps not as you’ve heard him before.  It’s a ‘raw’ and ‘authentic’ sound; if you’re expecting an upbeat number like ‘Sweet Caroline’ or ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’ then you won’t find it here.  In fact, you have to pick the right time to play the album in order to fully appreciate it.

Track Listing:

1 If I Don’t See You Again
2 Pretty Amazing Grace
3 Don’t Go There
4 Another Day That Time Forgot (Featuring Natalie Maines)
5 One More Bite of the Apple
6 Forgotten
7 Act Like a Man
8 Whose Hands are These
9 No Words
10 The Power of Two
11 Slow It Down
12 Home Before Dark

My top three songs having listened to the album this week have to be ‘The Power of Two’, ‘No Words’ and also ‘Forgotten’… which is strange because when I first listened to the album my favourites were the 1st two tracks on the album.  But, we change as people and we evolve – I don’t know why the songs I like have changed, they just have, get over it!  The album flows really well – but like I wrote at the start of this review, it’s not an album to play necessarily as ‘background music’, I think you get the most out of it by sitting down, pouring yourself a nice glass of red… and just switching off and listening to it.  Five years after release, this LP still sounds good, there’s no doubt about that… but if you’re one of those people that’s only ever heard of Neil Diamond through a ‘Best of’ compilation, then you may not like what you hear…  I, on the other hand, do!

Chris’s Sport on Freeview Guide – Issue 4.5

Just discovered tonight that the very first ‘Match of the Day’ will be shown on BBC Red Button on Sunday morning at 10:30 – in full!  From 1964, featuring Liverpool v Arsenal.  Only ever seen clips of this – but fantastic that the BBC are showing this.  I’ve asked the BBC if they plan on screening more classic episodes during the season, or whether it will be a one-off for the 50th anniversary, I’ll keep you posted.  Either way, enjoy the 1st ever episode – Liverpool v Arsenal, and Roger Hunt with a brilliant goal to kick off proceedings.  Match of the Day started on BBC2, with just one game being screened every Saturday – it was only after England’s success in the ’66 World Cup that the show moved to BBC1.  If anyone is recording the first episode tomorrow, please let me know I’d love to have a copy on DVD.

I watched the Match of the Day 50th anniversary tribute on BBC1 – I thought it was ok, but an hour just wasn’t long enough.  The best tribute is this DVD box set which I have:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Match-Day-The-Best-60s/dp/B0002ADW8A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408778989&sr=8-1&keywords=match+of+the+day+dvd

It’s over four hours long and features the story of MOTD from 1964 right through to 1989 – sadly no other releases to continue the story :-(.  But it’s narrated by John Motson and the clips are fantastic, 3 DVD’s – one for the 60’s, one for the 70’s and one for the 80’s.

Don’t forget

Latvian Speedway SGP Highlights  Saturday August 23rd, 6pm on QUEST

and… it looks like Sydney Darts Masters will be on Challenge, timings to be confirmed as soon as I have them!

Thanks to coventrywooo on Digital Spy who says

The Sydney Darts Masters will be broadcast on Challenge in the UK & Ireland, on Fox Sports Australia, Sky New Zealand, on Fox Asia, and through www.LIVEPDC.TV for International Pass Subscribers.

Sydney Darts Masters
Thursday August 28
First Round
11am – 3pm, UK time. (8pm – 12am, local time)

Friday August 29
Quarter-Finals
11am – 2.30pm, UK time. (8pm – 11.30pm, local time)

Saturday August 30
Semi-Finals & Final
11am – 2pm, UK time. (8pm – 11pm, local time)

Chris

Chris’s Sport on Freeview Guide – Issue 4

Chris’s Sport on Freeview Guide – Issue 4

Hello – welcome back.  Hope you like the feature I did at weekend with Sky Sports; seems to have been popular, and so we’re going to run a feature on Now TV next month, so keep checking the blog for more updates.  And I’ll try and do more ‘mini-features’ at a weekend, they may not all be sports related, I’ll mix the subject up a little bit perhaps.

Quick update – some sources online had suggested Challenge will be showing the PDC Sydney Darts Masters from August 28th onwards, but no TV listings have the coverage scheduled at present.  If I get an update on this, I’ll let you know – I’ve contacted the PDC to see if the event will indeed be shown.

Now, we’ve been in touch with several broadcasters in recent weeks – this week it’s the turn of UKTV. 

Chris – UKTV doesn’t have a sport portfolio as such – but documentaries about the England Football team on Dave during the World Cup were really good, any plans for live sport or documentaries in the future?

UKTV – We don’t have any live sport planned at the moment however Dave has upcoming series of action packed Red Bull extreme sports series Red Bull Cliff Diving, Red Bull X-Fighters and Red Bull Soapbox – they are always super exciting and the strength of the athletes is insane!

Chris – UKTV has four channels on Freeview (Yesterday, Drama, Really and Dave) – tell us about one thing we can look forward to for each channel over the coming months?

UKTV – We have the brilliantly spooky Most Haunted coming exclusively to Really on Thursday 20th August, and over on Dave we have the second series of Crackanory which features readings from late and great Rik Mayall, brilliant Vic Reeves, BAFTA winner Katherine Parkinson and many many more! Yesterday has a great series called Raiders of the Lost Art on Wednesdays at 9pm which examines how artistic treasures from around the world have gone missing, some under very dramatic circumstances. Meanwhile, on Drama there’s Oliver Twist, which stars Hollywood heartthrob Tom Hardy before his Dark Knight Rises days on Sunday 24th August from 6pm and there’s also Ripper Street starring Matthew Macfadyen and Jerome Flynn which is new to the channel from Monday 25th August.

Chris – I believe Dave will be screening Rik Mayall’s final recorded television appearance in Series 2 of Crackanory on 24th September, how about repeats of Filthy, Rich and Catflap and The Young Ones on Dave to coincide with this final broadcast?

UKTV – We certainly will and it’s a brilliant episode and story, Gold had a tribute weekend last month and they regularly show  Rik’s back catalogue of brilliant shows.

Chris – Although Top Gear isn’t a sport as such, we have many petrolheads who visit the blog and Top Gear repeats are immensely popular on Dave.  What’s the earliest series that Dave has the rights to at the moment, I keep trying to catch the episodes I’ve missed over the years!

UKTV – Series 6 is earliest series of Top gear we have.

Thanks to UKTV – we’ll keep in touch with them over the coming months…

P.S  I’ll be LIVE on BBC Radio Leeds, being interviewed by Martin Kelner on Wednesday August 27th at 1:30pm!  Listen LIVE if you can!  Part of a segment called ‘Brief Lives’.  Will also be on BBCIplayer Radio for a week after broadcast – talking about my life so far!  Chris

Saturday August 23rd 2014:

06:05 – 07:00 Channel 4 General Trans World Sport.
06:35 – 08:15 BBC2 Motorsport Formula 1 Practice 1 – Belgian Grand Prix.
07:00 – 07:55 Channel 4 General Triathlon
07:55 – 08:55 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Morning Line.
08:15 – 09:55 BBC2 Motorsport Formula 1 Practice 2 – Belgian Grand Prix.
09:55 – 11:10 BBC2 Motorsport Formula 1 Practice 3 LIVE – Belgian Grand Prix.
11:30 – 12:00 BBC1 Football Football Focus
11:40 – 13:00 301 General Men’s Triathlon from Stockholm
12:00 – 14:20 BBC1 Motorsport Formula 1 LIVE Qualifying – Belgian Grand Prix.
13:40 – 16:10 Channel 4 Horse Racing Racing LIVE – From York and Goodwood.
13:45 – 15:10 301 General Women’s Triathlon from Stockholm
14:20 – 17:20 BBC1 Rugby League Challenge Cup Final LIVE – Castleford v Leeds
15:10 – 17:15 301 Swimming European Championships LIVE
16:00 – 17:30 BBC2 Football Final Score – LIVE Score Updates.
17:30 – 19:00 BBC2 General Triathlon – Coverage from Stockholm.
22:00 – 23:05 ITV4 Cycling Vuelta a Espana – Stage 1 Highlights.
22:30 – 23:50 BBC1 Football Match of the Day – Including Chelsea v Leicester.  Barry Davies returns as commentator for Crystal Palace v West Ham.
23:50 – 01:10 BBC1 Football The Football League Show (Repeated on 301 Red Button during the night and 9:00am BBC2 on Sunday morning).

 

Sunday August 24th 2014:

10:45 – 18:00 ITV4 Motorsport British Touring Car Championship LIVE – Round 7 of this year’s Championships from Knockhill.
12:10 – 15:30 BBC1 Motorsport Formula 1 LIVE – Belgian Grand Prix.
12:15 – 13:00 BBC2 Football MOTD2 Extra
14:30 – 19:00 BBC2 Athletics British Grand Prix, the 12th Diamond League event of the season.
15:30 – 16:00 301 Motorsport Formula 1 LIVE – Belgian Grand Prix Forum.
16:30 – 18:15 301 Swimming European Swimming Championships LIVE
18:00 – 19:00 ITV4 Motorsport Formula Four – Round 5 of the season from Silverstone.
19:00 – 20:00 BBC2 Motorsport Formula 1 Highlights – Belgian Grand Prix.
19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Vuelta a Espana – Stage 2 Highlights.
21:00 – 23:00 Challenge Wrestling TNA Wresting
22:25 – 23:35 BBC1 Football Match of the Day 2 – including Sunderland v Manchester United.
23:00 – 23:30 Challenge Wrestling Wrestle Talk TV

 

Monday August 25th 2014:

11:25 – 13:30 BBC2 Swimming European Swimming Championship highlights.
19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket One Day Cricket Highlights – England v India from Cardiff (1st match in five match series).
19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Vuelta a Espana – Stage 3 Highlights.
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Motorsport Grand Prix 500 – The Rainey Days.  Documentary about American motorcycling star Wayne Rainey.
21:00 – 22:00 ITV4 Motorsport The Motorbike Show.
23:00 – 00:00 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights.

 

Tuesday August 26th 2014:

18:25 – 19:30 ITV4 Motorsport World Rally – Highlights from ‘The Rallye Deutschland’
19:30 – 22:00 ITV4 Football Champions League LIVE – Celtic v Maribor.  Play off round second leg.
22:00 – 23:00 ITV4 Cycling Vuelta a Espana – Stage 4 Highlights.
23:40 – 00:30 ITV Football Champions League Extra Time – highlights of the Celtic game shown earlier.

 

Wednesday August 27th 2014:

00:50 – 01:45 Channel 4 General Cage Warriors
01:45 – 02:15 Channel 4 Boxing KOTV Boxing Weekly
19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket One Day Cricket Highlights – England v India from Cardiff (2nd match in five match series).
19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Vuelta a Espana – Stage 5 Highlights.
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Motorsport British Superbikes – 8th round of the season.
21:00 – 22:00 ITV4 Motorsport Classic TT – Highlights from this year’s meeting on the Isle of Man.
22:00 – 02:00 Challenge Wrestling TNA Presents Victory Road 2007
23:05 – 00:10 BBC1 Football The League Cup Show – 2nd Round highlights.

 

Thursday August 28th 2014:

19:00 – 21:00 BBC2 Athletics Diamond League LIVE from Zurich.
19:30 – 22:00 ITV4 Football Europa League LIVE – Tottenham v AEL Limassol
22:00 – 23:00 ITV4 Cycling Vuelta a Espana – Stage 6 Highlights.

 

Friday August 29th 2014:

12:30 – 15:45 301 General Equestrianism – World Equestrian Games in France.
19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Vuelta a Espana – Stage 7 Highlights.
20:00 – 21:00 Dave General Red Bull Soapbox Race

 

My TV pick of the week – Doctor Who on Saturday night!  I think Peter Capaldi is going to be an ace doctor, if you watch it, let me know what you think!

Chris

Chris’s Sport on Freeview Special – Issue 3.5

Sky Sports Free Day – Saturday August 16th 2014

6:34am

“Who’s having a lie in?” my wife asks when our two children wake up.  “You have a lie in” I insist; my wife offers for me to have a lie in again, but I reply “It’s ok, Sky Sports is free today, I’ll have one tomorrow!”.  I switch on Sky Sports 1 HD and they’re counting down the top 20 Premier League games of last season as voted for by Sky Sports viewers.  The match at number 8 has just started – Cardiff 2, Sunderland 2 (from December 2013).  At number 7… I had to look twice…. Cardiff and Sunderland again!  (This time the match at the Stadium of Light from April this year where Sunderland won 4-0).  7am – and at number six it was Sunderland again!  This time Crystal Palace were the opponents, from August last year and Palace won 3-1.  During an ad break in between the 15 minute football highlight segments at 7:15, I turn over to Sky Sports News HQ HD on Channel 408; it’s halfway through a paper review… then it’s to an ad break!  We’ll try out Sky Sports News HQ later.  Back to ‘Football Gold’ – match at number 5, Hull v Liverpool from December 2013, Hull won 3-1.  7:30 – time for breakfast, I’ll be back for more later…

9:55am

I open the door just before the paper is posted through our door.  Delivery man is excited about football season starting, he’s a Man United fan – their 1st game is on BT Sport at lunchtime.  “BT Sport has more games this season” he says.  Actually, that’s not strictly true – they have the same amount of Premier League games as last season.  To clarify, there’s 380 Premier League games being played this season in total.  BT Sport can show 38 games live and Sky Sports have the rights to 116 games.  With the other 226 games, Sky Sports will show “at least” 45 minutes of each game through their ‘Football First’ programme.  Of course BT’s portfolio will increase significantly next season with the exclusive UEFA Champions League and Europa League coverage, but that’s a year away…

Not watched much more of the Sky Sports free day this morning; I flicked through their portfolio of channels just before 10am – for example ‘The Fantasy Football Club’ had guest Paul Merson in the studio on Sky Sports 1… but nothing grabbing my attention at the moment, the live stuff comes later today…

10:52am

With the children happily playing, I put Sky Sports 1 on for their live coverage of Day 2 in the Test Cricket – England v India.  Doesn’t appear to be any interactive features today; last time I saw cricket on Sky (and it could be a while ago) there was the option to change camera angle, view scoreboard etc?  Having said that, the coverage looks stunning in HD – brilliant production values.  And the free alternative is a nightly 60 minute highlights programme on Channel Five at 7pm – with Sky Sports, it’s a nine hour programme with every ball and full analysis.  I leave the cricket playing in the background, in the middle of doing other stuff, until 11:30 – time to sort dinner out!

1:05pm

Kids asleep!  Switch on Sky Sports 3 – to check what’s happening in their live Scottish football game Celtic v Dundee United.  Sky Sports shows 25 live games per year from the Scottish Premiership, BT Sports shows 30 and BBC Alba shows 3 games.  I then switch over to Sky Sports 1 for the start of the 2nd half in Championship game Leeds v Middlesborough.  Watch for about five minutes, still 0-0 and not really captivating me.  1:25 – and I let my other half catch up with this week’s ‘Location, Location, Location’ J.  And having just checked the score at Old Trafford, one can’t help but feel they’re missing out on the big match so far today – Swansea have just taken the lead!

2:03pm

If you visit www.sky.com/joinsky you’ll see that at present you can sign up for the ‘Original’ bundle and Sky Sports and the current offer price is £38, HD would be £5.25 more – broadband and phone costs would be on top of this.  If you sign up for Sky Sports, you can get 2 years free broadband, line rental is £15.40 plus whatever phone tariff you’d prefer.  BT Sport on Sky is an extra £12 per month, £3 more for HD.  Just over £70 for everything I’ve mentioned above, and the Original package is the smallest of the TV packages available, the Family Bundle (largest TV package) is an extra £11.50 at it’s offer price.

3:16pm

A leisurely Saturday afternoon – flicking between Golf and football scores.  Sky Sports 4 has Live European Tour Golf (The Made in Denmark tournament) and Jeff Stelling is hosting Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports 5 (also on Sky Sports News HD, two of the sports channels showing exactly the same programme).   Soccer Saturday is great, I personally think it’s leagues ahead of Final Score on BBC Red Button and I think that’s mainly because of the anchorman Stelling.  They have lively pundits on board (including Paul Merson), good personalities.  The Golf coverage is excellent, with almost three hours of live action from Wales this afternoon.  Good commentary, plenty of cameras around the course, and it’s focusing on the actual golf – I get so irritated when BBC for example leaves a live sport event to run a pre-recorded feature on someone taking part, there’s no need for it!

4:00pm

Just a comparison – on Freeview channels now there’s European Athletics, Horse Racing or Final Score…  Sky Sports channels have Soccer Saturday with score updates, currently a boxing feature, live Cricket, live Rugby Union (South Africa v Argentina), live golf just finishing and a replay of this year’s German Grand Prix.  Certainly plenty of choice.  Of course, no live football in the UK at 3pm – there’s an embargo on any UK channel showing live games at 3pm, but Arsenal v Crystal Palace to come…  I switch over to Sky Sports 3 to glance at the Rugby Union mentioned above – South Africa with an early lead at the moment (7-0); looks like the live feed is coming from an overseas broadcaster.  Back to Soccer Saturday – my team Wigan drawing away from home against Charlton… can we get a winner before 4:45?  4:10pm – time to start getting tea ready – and the house is a tip!  Housework’s gone on hold today – all in the name of journalism for this special edition of my blog!  (That’s my excuse, I’m sticking to it!)  Back for more later, I promise!

4:53pm

No more Sky Sports at the moment, my two little children are watching ‘In The Night Garden’ – can’t always be my choice of viewing!  Jeff Stelling has made way for Igglepiggle!  Incidentally, just looked online – my team Wigan lost 2-1 at Charlton.  Must do better, especially if we want to get back to the Premier League.  Swansea beat Man U 2-1 earlier, BT Sport must be loving their first choice of game this season.  There will be two talking points in the pubs and clubs tonight – Cliff Richard and Man United losing!  And on Sky Sports’s ‘Football First’ coverage tonight, I don’t think they have the rights to the United game – Sky Sports viewers without BT Sport will have to make to with 10 minutes of highlights on BBC1’s ‘Match of the Day’…  But BT Sport only get 19 top picks out of their 38 matches, some matches will be more low key…

5:27pm

Ah, the highlight of today’s free day – Arsenal v Crystal Palace, opening day Premier League action.  I watch the 1st few minutes of the game, then the geek in me presses red to check out the ‘Saturday Night Football’ interactive coverage.  Doesn’t work.  Press the Sky button on my remote to get back to my normal viewing, but instead all I see is a blank screen.  Can’t see a single channel.  Have to unplug Sky box and reboot – back with the footy at 5:41, still 0-0.  Try the interactive feature again, this time it works!  The highlights feature will be handy, got bath time to do shortly!

6:20pm

One other way of watching Premier League football that I’ve not mentioned today – LFC TV on Sky Channel 429.  All of their 38 Premier League games will be shown delayed on the channel, as well as FA Cup and League Cup games.  For example, tomorrow’s match against Southampton is live on Sky Sports at 1:30, it will be on LFC TV at 6pm.  Avoid the score, it’s an option if you’re on a budget…  Just catching up on highlights of Arsenal/Palace through the red button during half time, 1-1 so far.  Half time analysis looks good for Saturday Night Football – does seem to work with the audience in the studio, strange concept for live football coverage but I like it.

Anyone else watching the Sky Sports free day?  Please leave your comments, would love to hear what you think so far.

7:15pm

Catch the last 7 or 8 minutes of the Arsenal/Palace match and catch the winning goal!  Good start for the Gunners.  I then switch to US PGA Golf on Sky Sports 4 (After 8pm, I pressed the red button and there’s three golf tournaments to choose from – the LPGA Wegman’s Championship, the US Amateur Championship and the Wyndham Championship which is on Sky Sports 4.  By 7:40pm, I leave Sky Sports News HQ on in the background and pour myself a whisky – think I’ll switch over to Sky Sports 1 at 8 to watch the Premier League’s Game of the Day…

8:25pm

Today’s game of the day is Leicester v Everton, which ended in a 2-2 draw.  It’s the full 90 minutes, which started just five hours after kick off, all in glorious HD.  I love this.  Put it this way – by 10:30pm, when Match of the Day starts on BBC1, out of the seven matches today Sky Sports will have shown two of them in full, and four out of the remaining five will have highlights on Sky Sports starting at 10pm.

Thoughts so far – would I like Sky Sports on a permanent basis?  Absolutely – yes!  And yes, I recommend it, the coverage is exceptional, it’s polished – and not just with football, with golf and the other bits I’ve seen today.  Can I afford it?  No – to add it to my Sky package is another £24.50 a month, and as a family that’s a big chunk from our budget, especially as I work part time.

8:40pm

Whilst writing, just to give you a heads-up, I’ll be on BBC Radio Leeds live on Wednesday August 27th at 1:30pm, being interviewed by presenter Martin Kelner in a feature called ‘Brief Lives’ (like Desert Island Discs but it’s normal local people being interviewed).  Martin will be asking me about my life, and I’ll be mentioning the blog too.  Will be on BBC Iplayer for a week after broadcast – tune in if you can!

10:05pm

My last post of today – off to bed shortly.  Caught 10 minutes of ‘Football First’ – I selected QPR v Hull, interactive coverage with six screens – good but doesn’t seem to be in HD – but ‘Football First’ makes ‘Match of the Day’ look like a tired format if you ask me.  The fact that fans can watch what match they choose, rather than have 8 minutes or so of a game, with analysis in between, before they can see another 8 minutes from a different game.  ‘Football First’ is shown a couple of times during the night – and if you press ‘Record’ from the Sky TV menu, you can choose which match you want to record – for example at 10pm you could record two games, then in the later repeat you could record a different two games if you wanted to and watch them at your leisure.

That’s all for now – the normal Freeview blog will be back as usual during the week!  Hope you liked today’s special feature – remember visit http://www.sky.com/joinsky for more information and of course there’s also NOW TV with Day and Weekly passes now available (£6.99 current price for Day Pass, £10.99 for a Week Pass)

Chris

 

Chris’s Sport on Freeview Guide – Issue 3

Chris’s Sport on Freeview Guide – Issue 3

Hello – welcome back.  Got to start with the sad news from this week – the tragic death of Robin Williams.  So many of his films though that I’ve not seen (Not seen ‘Awakenings’, ‘Patch Adams’, ‘Bicentennial Man’ – I could go on) so I’m going to watch some of them, it’s the least I can do.  Robin, you will be missed.

BT Sport were featured last week, this week we have a mini “Q and A” with Sky Sports.

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Chris – Although not on Freeview, Sky Sports will be available for free to all customers on Saturday (August 16th) – tell us what to expect?

Sky Sports – Key events that Sky homes will be able to enjoy on Saturday include Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace (Sky Sports 1, 17.30), England vs. India 5th Test Day 2 (Sky Sports 2, 10.30), Live PGA Golf (Sky Sports 4, 18.00), PSV Eindhoven v NAC Breda  (Sky Sports 5, 17.30) and Gillette Soccer Saturday (Sky Sports 5 and Sky Sports News HQ,, 12.00) – plus all the breaking news and analysis of the day’s big stories from the brand new Sky Sports News HQ.

Chris – For those people with Freeview out there reading this, why should they upgrade to Sky Sports?

Sky Sports – Over 50,000 hours of great sport each year.  This Autumn alone we’ll be showing live Premier League, Champions League, Euro Qualifiers, la Liga, Copa Italia and Eredivisie on Sky Sports 5, Test Cricket, Rugby Union’s Autumn Internationals, tennis’ US Open, NFL including the three International Series matches from Wembley.  All supported by round the clock news service from Sky Sports News HQ, and an award winning digital media service.

Chris – Any plans for any more sport on Pick over the coming season (in 2014/15 we had an afternoon of Rugby League, Sky Sports was free on the first day of last season and we had the Ashes Cricket)?

Sky Sports – We have no plans for this at the moment but those looking for a flexible way of watching Sky Sports can do so through our internet streaming service, NOW TV.  NOW TV offers: Sky Sports Week Pass for just £10.99 with access for all 7 live Sky Sports channels for 7 days (available from 14 August 2014) and the Sky Sports Day Pass, priced at £6.99, gives fans access to the best live action access to all Sky Sports channels for 24 hours

I thank Sky Sports for their interview, to join Sky visit www.sky.com and in next week’s issue, you can read a special post called ’24 Hours in Sky Sports Heaven’, where I’ll be tuning into Sky Sports for one day only and assessing their coverage.

Saturday August 16th 2014:

06:35 – 07:30 Channel 4 General Trans World Sport.
07:30 – 07:55 Channel 4 Motorsport The Grid
07:45 – 10:45 BBC2 Athletics European Championships LIVE
07:55 – 08:55 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Morning Line.
13:25 – 16:10 Channel 4 Horse Racing Racing LIVE – From Newmarket, Newbury and Ripon.
14:00 – 16:30 BBC1 Athletics European Championships LIVE
14:30 – 18:00 301 Football Final Score – LIVE Score Updates.
16:30 – 17:20 BBC1 Athletics Final Score – LIVE Score Updates.
16:30 – 17:15 BBC2 Athletics European Championships LIVE
16:30 – 18:00 ITV4 Motorsport British Superbikes.
17:15 – 19:00 BBC2 General Equestrianism – Live Coverage of the Global Champions Tour
19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket Test Cricket – Fifth Test Highlights.
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Motorsport Silverstone Classic Highlights.
22:30 – 23:55 BBC1 Football Match of the Day – The Premier League season gets underway.
23:55 – 01:15 BBC1 Football The Football League Show (Repeated on 301 Red Button during the night and 10:30am BBC2 on Sunday morning).

 

Sunday August 17th 2014:

06:35 – 07:05 Channel 4 Motorsport Motor Racing – Caterham Series at Brands Hatch.
07:05 – 08:00 Channel 4 Athletics Triathlon – From Pembrokeshire.
07:45 – 10:30 BBC2 Athletics European Championships LIVE
12:15 – 13:00 BBC1 Football MOTD2 Extra
13:50 – 16:50 BBC2 Athletics European Championships LIVE
18:00 – 19:00 301 Athletics Youth Olympics Highlights
19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket Test Cricket Highlights – Day 3 of the Fifth Test
21:00 – 23:00 Challenge Wrestling TNA Wresting
22:25 – 23:25 BBC1 Football Match of the Day 2 – including Liverpool v Southampton.
23:00 – 23:30 Challenge Wrestling Wrestle Talk TV

 

Monday August 18th 2014:

09:00 – 10:00 301 Athletics Youth Olympics Highlights
16:00 – 17:00 301 Athletics Youth Olympics Highlights
17:00 – 18:45 301 Swimming European Swimming Championships LIVE
19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket Test Cricket Highlights – Day 4 of the Fifth Test
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Motorsport MOTO GP – Highlights of the Czech Grand Prix.
21:00 – 22:00 ITV4 Motorsport The Motorbike Show.  New Series.
23:35 – 00:20 BBC2 Rugby League The Super League Show

 

Tuesday August 19th 2014:

09:00 – 10:00 301 Athletics Youth Olympics Highlights
12:30 – 13:15 BBC2 Rugby League The Super League Show
15:35 – 18:50 More 4 Athletics IPC European Championships LIVE
16:00 – 17:00 301 Athletics Youth Olympics Highlights
17:00 – 19:00 301 Swimming European Swimming Championships LIVE
19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket Test Cricket Highlights – Day 5 of the Fifth Test
19:30 – 22:00 ITV Football Champions League LIVE – Besiktas v Arsenal
22:40 – 23:40 ITV Football Champions League Extra Time

 

Wednesday August 20th 2014:

01:50 – 02:15 Channel 4 Boxing KOTV Boxing Weekly
13:30 – 16:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Channel 4 Racing LIVE – From the Ebor Festival at York.
15:35 – 18:50 More 4 Athletics IPC European Championships Day 2 LIVE
17:00 – 19:00 301 Swimming European Swimming Championships LIVE
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Cycling The Cycle Show
22:00 – 02:00 Challenge Wrestling TNA Presents… Lockdown 2006

 

Thursday August 21st 2014:

Note – at present, there is no football scheduled for ITV4.  This could change to allow Live Europa League coverage.

13:30 – 16:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Channel 4 Racing LIVE – From the Ebor Festival at York.
15:35 – 18:50 More 4 Athletics IPC European Championships Day 3 LIVE
17:00 – 19:00 301 Swimming European Swimming Championships LIVE
19:00 – 21:00 BBC3 Football Women’s World Cup Football – Wales v England.  Group Six Qualifier.
19:00 – 21:00 301 Athletics Diamond League LIVE from Stockholm

 

Friday August 22nd 2014:

08:55 – 10:35 BBC2 Formula 1 Formula 1 – Belgian Grand Prix Practice 1 LIVE
12:55 – 14:35 BBC2 Formula 1 Formula 1 – Belgian Grand Prix Practice 2 LIVE
13:30 – 16:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Channel 4 Racing LIVE – From the Ebor Festival at York.
15:35 – 18:50 More 4 Athletics IPC European Championships Day 4 LIVE
17:00 – 19:00 301 Swimming European Swimming Championships LIVE
22:35 – 23:35 BBC1 Football Match of the Day at 50 – Documentary.

 

My TV pick of the week – New Tricks Series 11 starts Monday, 9pm on BBC1!

Chris

Chris’s Sport on Freeview Guide – Issue 2

Chris’s Sport on Freeview Guide – Issue 2

Hello – I’m back and I start off this week with a short “Q and A” with BT Sport.

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Chris – There were some occasions last year where BT Sport was free to view, particularly for some Aviva games on Sky, and also a couple of other occasions.  Will there be similar chances this season for non-BT Sport viewers to sample the coverage?

BT – “Last season, BT Sport offered fans several opportunities to sample our programming, shows and presenters on an open basis. When we’re ready to share plans for next season, we will let our viewers know.”

Chris – “For any fans with just Freeview out there, why should they upgrade to BT for the new season?”

BT – “There are a number of ways that Freeview homes can access BT Sport. They can take BT Broadband and gain access to BT Sport – free- via our website and app. Or, they can take BT Infinity and get access to YouView to watch BT Sport –  free – on their TV sets. BT Sport is free with BT Broadband and BT Infinity for the coming season, giving Freeview homes an extra incentive to sign up”

Chris – “Is there any details yet on how BT and BBC will split the FA Cup coverage from this season?”

BT – “BT Sport’s live match FA Cup coverage begins from the first Round in November and we’ll follow the tournament from before that as opportunities arise in our support shows. When we’re able to share further details we will.

I thank BT Sport for their interview and we’ll keep in touch with them during the 2014/15 season – and if you want to activate BT Sport before the start of the season visit www.btsport.com for more information.

Saturday August 9th 2014:

06:05 – 07:00 Channel 4 General Trans World Sport.
07:00 – 08:00 Channel 4 General Armoy Road Races.
08:00 – 09:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Morning Line.
13:40 – 16:10 Channel 4 Horse Racing Racing LIVE – From Ascot, Haydock Park and Newmarket.
13:40 – 15:15 ITV4 Motorsport British Touring Cars
14:00 – 16:30 BBC1 Rugby League Challenge Cup LIVE – Warrington v Leeds (Post match forum on Red Button at 4:30pm).
14:30 – 16:25 301 Football Final Score – LIVE Score Updates.
16:30 – 17:20 BBC1 Football Final Score – LIVE Score Updates.
17:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Cycling The Women’s Pro Grand Prix from St. James’s Park.
17:15 – 19:30 ITV4 Football Live Pre-Season Football – Tottenham v Schalke 04
18:00 – 18:30 Quest Motorsport Speedway World Cup Highlights.
19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket Test Cricket Highlights – England v India (Fourth Test, Day 3 from Old Trafford).
23:30 – 00:50 BBC1 Football The Football League Show (Repeated on 301 Red Button during the night and 9am BBC2 on Sunday morning).

 

Sunday August 10th 2014:

14:00 – 18:35 BBC1 Cycling Ride London LIVE
14:30 – 17:00 BBC2 Rugby League Challenge Cup LIVE – Castleford v Widnes
19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket Test Cricket Highlights – England v India (Fourth Test, Day 4 from Old Trafford).
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Rugby Union Rugby Sevens Highlights (Finals night, repeated at 11:15pm on ITV)
21:00 – 23:00 Challenge Wrestling TNA Wresting
23:00 – 23:30 Challenge Wrestling Wrestle Talk TV
22:25 – 23:10 BBC1 Football Community Shield Highlights – Arsenal v Man City.  (Live Coverage on BT Sport)

 

Monday August 11th 2014:

19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket Test Cricket Highlights – England v India (Fourth Test, Day 5 from Old Trafford).
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Motorsport MOTO GP – Highlights of the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
21:00 – 22:00 BBC3 Football Football Fight Club – Documentary.
21:00 – 22:00 ITV4 Motorsport The Motorbike Show.  New Series.

 

Tuesday August 12th 2014:

09:00 – 13:00 BBC2 Athletics World Athletics Championships Day 1 from Zurich LIVE
16:45 – 20:30 BBC2 Athletics World Athletics Championships Day 1 from Zurich LIVE
19:30 – 22:05 ITV4 Football UEFA Super Cup LIVE – Real Madrid v Sevilla from Cardiff.
20:00 – 21:00 QUEST Motorsport Monster Energy Speedway – Sweden

 

Wednesday August 13th 2014:

01:00 – 01:30 Channel 4 Boxing KOTV Boxing Weekly
09:00 – 12:00 BBC2 Athletics World Athletics Championships Day 2 from Zurich LIVE
16:45 – 21:00 BBC2 Athletics World Athletics Championships Day 2 from Zurich LIVE
19:30 – 21:00 ITV4 Motorsport British Superbikes – Round 7 of the season from Oulton Park.
20:00 – 21:00 QUEST Motorsport Monster Energy Speedway – Poland 1
23:05 – 00:10 BBC1 Football The League Cup Show – First Round action.

 

Thursday August 14th 2014:

09:00 – 11:45 BBC2 Athletics World Athletics Championships Day 3 from Zurich LIVE
17:00 – 21:00 BBC2 Athletics World Athletics Championships Day 3 from Zurich LIVE
20:00 – 21:00 QUEST Motorsport Monster Energy Speedway – Poland 2
21:00 – 22:00 ITV Motorsport Silverstone Classic – Highlights of the recent event.
22:00 – 02:00 Challenge Wrestling TNA Presents – Unbreakable 2005

 

Friday August 15th 2014:

09:00 – 11:45 BBC2 Athletics World Athletics Championships Day 4 from Zurich LIVE
15:00 – 17:00 BBC2 General Equestrianism – Coverage of the 11th round of the FEI Global Champions Tour from Horse Guards Parade in London.
17:30 – 21:00 BBC2 Athletics World Athletics Championships Day 4 from Zurich LIVE
19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket Test Cricket Highlights – England v India (Fifth Test, Day 1 from the Oval).

My other TV pick of the week – re runs of sitcom On The Buses start on ITV3 on Monday – with Holiday on the Buses being shown on Sunday afternoon – classic film!

Chris