Sport on Freeview Up To June 24th

Hello, welcome to the latest edition of the blog – which takes in two weeks worth, due to holidays, etc.  Apologies for any omissions, will try and update as and when I can.  Normal service will resume on June 24th!  Keep spreading the word – and enjoy Euro 2016!  Chris

Saturday 11/06/2016 09:00 – 10:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Morning Line Racing preview.
  12:15 – 13:15 BBC2 Athletics Diamond League Highlights from Oslo
  13:20 – 16:00 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 LIVE Albania v Switzerland
  13:30 – 16:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Channel 4 Racing LIVE From York, Sandown and Mussleburgh.
  14:00 – 16:00 BBC Red Button Football Euro 2016 LIVE There is a choice of commentary either from BBC TV or from BBC 5 live.
  15:00 – 16:45 ITV4 Cycling Criterium Du Dauphine Live coverage of Stage 6.
  16:00 – 19:20 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 LIVE Wales v Slovakia
  17:00 – 19:00 BBC Red Button Football Euro 2016 LIVE Viewers can select commentary from BBC Radio 5 live or BBC Radio Wales.
  19:00 – 22:30 ITV Football Euro 2016 LIVE England v Russia
  19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket England v Sri Lanka Third Test Highlights
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Criterium Du Dauphine Stage 6 Highlights.
  22:00 – 23:35 Channel 4 Formula 1 Canada Grand Prix Qualifying Highlights
  22:00 – 00:00 Spike General Spike Fight Night – Bellator 155
  22:30 – 23:30 ITV4 General TT – Sidecar TT Race 2 Highlights
  22:35 – 23:35 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 Highlights from Today
  23:55 – 01:35 BBC2 Football Euro 2016 Full replay of England v Russia.
Sunday 12/06/2016 12:30 – 14:15 ITV4 Cycling Criterium Du Dauphine Live coverage of Stage 7.
  12:45 – 18:00 BBC2 General Triathlon World Series – Leeds Coverage of Men’s and Women’s Races.
  13:00 – 15:00 Quest General FIA World Rallycross Championship
  16:15 – 19:10 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 LIVE Poland v Northern Ireland.
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Criterium Du Dauphine Stage 7 Highlights.
  19:35 – 22:05 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 LIVE Germany v Ukraine.
  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge General TNA Wrestling
  22:30 – 00:35 Channel 4 Formula 1 Canada Grand Prix Highlights
  22:45 – 23:45 ITV Football Euro 2016 Highlights from Today
Monday 13/06/2016 12:30 – 13:30 BBC Red Button Tennis Queen’s Club Championships LIVE
13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Tennis Queen’s Club Championships LIVE Opening day of the grass tournament.
  13:30 – 16:15 ITV Football Euro 2016 LIVE Spain v Czech Republic
  16:30 – 19:05 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 LIVE Republic of Ireland v Sweden
  17:45 – 21:00 BBC Red Button Tennis Queen’s Club Championships LIVE
  18:00 – 19:00 ITV4 General TT Review Show 1
  19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket England v Sri Lanka Third Test Highlights
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 General TT Review Show 2
  19:35 – 22:05 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 LIVE Belgium v Italy
  21:00 – 22:00 BBC Red Button General America’s Cup Highlights
  22:00 – 04:00 BBC Red Button Football Euro 2016 Catch Up (Looped)
Tuesday 14/06/2016 06:00 – 06:20 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest Lionel Messi
  08:00 – 09:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Royal Ascot LIVE The Morning Line – Preview
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Tennis Queen’s Club Championships LIVE
  13:40 – 18:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Royal Ascot LIVE
  16:30 – 19:30 ITV Football Euro 2016 LIVE Austria v Hungary.
  19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 General FIA World Rally Championship Highlights.
  19:30 – 22:00 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 LIVE Portugal v Iceland.
  22:40 – 23:40 ITV Football Euro 2016 Highlights from Today
Wednesday 15/06/2016 00:05 – 00:50 BBC2 Rugby League The Super League Show Highlights
  08:00 – 09:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Royal Ascot LIVE The Morning Line – Preview
  12:30 – 13:30 BBC Red Button Tennis Queen’s Club Championships LIVE
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Tennis Queen’s Club Championships LIVE
  13:40 – 18:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Royal Ascot LIVE
  13:45 – 16:00 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 LIVE Russia v Slovakia
  16:30 – 19:10 ITV Football Euro 2016 LIVE Romania v Switzerland
  17:45 – 21:00 BBC Red Button Tennis Queen’s Club Championships LIVE
  19:30 – 22:15 ITV Football Euro 2016 LIVE France v Albania
  22:45 – 23:30 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 Highlights from Today
Thursday 16/06/2016 00:05 – 01:20 ITV General British Touring Car Championship Highlights
  08:00 – 09:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Royal Ascot LIVE The Morning Line – Preview
  12:40 – 13:40 ITV4 Cycling Women’s Tour Stage 1
  13:00 – 13:30 BBC2 Football Euro 2016 LIVE England v Wales Build Up
  13:30 – 16:30 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 LIVE England v Wales
  13:30 – 18:00 BBC2 Tennis Queen’s Club Championships LIVE
  13:40 – 18:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Royal Ascot LIVE Ladies Day
  16:00 – 19:10 ITV Football Euro 2016 LIVE Ukraine v Northern Ireland
  19:30 – 22:15 ITV Football Euro 2016 LIVE Germany v Poland
  21:00 – 22:00 ITV4 Cycling Women’s Tour Stage 2
  23:15 – 00:00 BBC2 Football Euro 2016 Highlights from Today
Friday 17/06/2016 00:40 – 01:10 Channel 4 Horse Racing Royal Ascot Highlights
  01:05 – 02:45 BBC2 Football Euro 2016 Full replay of a recent game.
  06:00 – 06:20 ITV4 Football World Cup Rivalries England v Argentina
  08:00 – 08:55 Channel 4 Horse Racing Royal Ascot LIVE The Morning Line – Preview
  08:55 – 10:35 Channel 4 Formula 1 European Grand Prix LIVE Practice One LIVE
  12:35 – 13:40 ITV4 Cycling Women’s Tour Stage 2
  12:55 – 14:35 More 4 Formula 1 European Grand Prix LIVE Practice Two LIVE
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Tennis Queen’s Club Championships LIVE
  13:30 – 16:15 ITV Football Euro 2016 LIVE Italy v Sweden
  13:40 – 18:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Royal Ascot LIVE
  16:45 – 19:00 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 LIVE Czech Republic v Croatia
  18:30 – 22:30 ITV4 Darts World Series of Darts – Auckland
  19:30 – 22:15 ITV Football Euro 2016 LIVE Spain v Turkey
  22:30 – 23:30 ITV4 Cycling Women’s Tour Stage 3 from Derbyshire
  23:20 – 00:05 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 Highlights from Today
Saturday 18/06/2016 01:05 – 02:45 BBC2 Football Euro 2016 Full replay of a recent game.
  02:05 – 02:35 Channel 4 Horse Racing Royal Ascot Highlights
  09:00 – 09:55 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Morning Line Preview
  10:55 – 12:05 Channel 4 Formula 1 European Grand Prix LIVE Practice Three LIVE
  13:00 – 16:30 BBC1 Tennis Queen’s Club Championships LIVE
  13:00 – 16:30 ITV Football Euro 2016 LIVE Belgium v Republic of Ireland
  13:00 – 15:20 Channel 4 Formula 1 European Grand Prix LIVE Qualifying LIVE
  13:30 – 15:00 Quest General Le Mans LIVE Start of live coverage.
  16:30 – 19:00 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 LIVE Iceland v Hungary
  18:30 – 22:30 ITV4 Darts World Series of Darts – Auckland
  19:30 – 22:05 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 LIVE Portugal v Austria
  20:00 – 22:00 Quest General Le Mans LIVE Further coverage.
  21:00 – 00:30 Challenge General TNA Wrestling Pay Per View Event.
Sunday 19/06/2016 10:00 – 11:00 Quest General Le Mans LIVE Further coverage.
  11:00 – 18:15 ITV4 General British Touring Car Championship LIVE
  13:00 – 16:30 Channel 4 Formula 1 European Grand Prix LIVE Live coverage.
  14:00 – 18:00 BBC1 Tennis Queen’s Club Championships LIVE Final day of coverage.
  19:30 – 22:05 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 LIVE Switzerland v France
  19:30 – 22:00 BBC4 Football Euro 2016 LIVE Romania v Albania
  19:30 – 22:30 ITV4 Darts World Series of Darts – Auckland
  22:45 – 23:45 ITV Football Euro 2016 Highlights from Today
  23:25 – 00:30 Channel 4 Formula 1 European Grand Prix Highlights
Monday 20/06/2016 19:15 – 22:30 ITV Football Euro 2016 LIVE Slovakia v England
  19:15 – 22:30 ITV4 Football Euro 2016 LIVE Russia v Wales
  22:45 – 23:35 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 Highlights from Today
  23:55 – 01:35 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 Full replay of England v Slovakia.

 

The Lancashire Hotpots – A Fistful of Scratchcards Reviewed!

The Lancashire Hotpots – Reviewing A Fistful of Scratchcards

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Last year, the Lancashire Hotpots released this classic album, so I thought I’d re-review it, whilst there was a quiet week before the Euros started.  It’s a great LP, 12 brilliant songs, all with a bit of a country theme.

The Hotpots have done some great albums since they formed almost 10 years ago – first album was ‘Never Mind the Hotpots’, then there was ‘Pot Sounds’, we’ve had a Christmas album, ‘Achtung Gravy’, ‘Criminal Record’, ‘A Hard Day’s Pint’ and ‘Crust for Life’.  And as well as the album, they are brilliant to watch live and tour regularly.

Track 1 – The Tay-barn Dance.  Brilliant opener, maybe you’ve never been to a Tay-Barn’s.  I haven’t, after this song, I feel like I’m missing out!  Basically, it’s to the tune of ‘Gay Bar’ – but all about an ‘All You Can Eat’ restaurant chain!  Go and listen!

Track 2 – Cheer Up Thom Yorke.  If you’re a Radiohead fan, it will be interesting to see whether you agree or disagree to the song’s sentiment, but it’s brilliantly done to the tune of Kenny Rogers’s ‘Lucille’.

Track 3 – Nan’s Blue Disabled Badge

Track 4 – I’m Every Bloke

Track 5 – In The Cloud – Internet storage brilliant described to the tune of ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’.  I grew up with my Dad playing this song on the guitar, but all I want to sing now is “Your data’s in the cloud!”

Track 6 – Heartburn

Track 7 – Frozen Prison Blues.  Johnny Cash would love this one, all with a Folsom and San Quentin feel to it, but a rant about the latest Disney craze instead!  (I’m lucky, I’ve managed to avoid watching Frozen so far!).

Track 8 – Take Off Your Tabard.  A love song with the word ‘tabard’ in, I don’t think it’s ever been done!  Really, really funny.

Track 9 – The Day The Circus Came To Town (Johnny Cash Converter version).  This song has grown on me every time I’ve played the album.

Track 10 – Country Courtin’.  For me, it’s the funniest song on the album.  All about a lovely trip around the British Isles.  It could be interpreted otherwise perhaps 😉

Track 11 – Thirsty Thursday.  This is another great song; the words will instantly hit your head and you’ll be singing along.  Need an excuse to go to your local?  Look no further!  Why not?  It’s Wednesday!!

Track 12 – Talking To Calcutta.  Ever been frustrated by call centres?  So have the Hotpots – I’ll say no more…

And if you like this album, then the Hotpots have just released a new album called ‘Nowt Like the 80s’ – I will be reviewing it very soon, but it’s out now.

To find out more about The Lancashire Hotpots visit http://thelancashirehotpots.net/

Visit the Hotpots shop at http://hotpots.tmstor.es/

Chris

Sport on Freeview W/C June 4th 2016

Hello – welcome to this week’s blog.  Plenty of great sport – the end of the French Open… the start of Euro 2016.  Full details below.  Chris

Saturday 04/06/2016 06:40 – 07:10 Channel 4 General Transvulcania Ultramarathon
  07:10 – 07:35 Channel 4 General Motorsport – British GT Highlights
  07:30 – 08:00 ITV4 General Formula E – Sound of the Future
  08:00 – 09:00 ITV4 General Motorsport UK
  08:30 – 10:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Derby Day Morning Line
  09:00 – 10:00 Challenge General TNA Xplosion
  11:00 – 11:30 Channel 4 General The Superhumans Show
  11:00 – 12:00 ITV4 Cycling Highlights
  12:00 – 13:00 ITV4 General Steve and James’s TT Road Trip
  12:10 – 12:40 BBC1 Athletics Gotzis Hypomeeting Highlights from Austria
  12:40 – 13:40 BBC1 Athletics Diamond League Highlights from Rome.
  13:00 – 14:00 ITV4 General TT Qualifying Highlights
  13:30 – 18:00 ITV Tennis French Open LIVE 14th day’s play at Roland Garros.
  13:30 – 17:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Derby LIVE
  13:40 – 14:40 BBC1 Boxing Women’s World Championships Highlights
  14:00 – 15:00 ITV4 General BRDC Formula 3 Highlights Oulton Park
  14:05 – 15:10 Dave Football England’s Top 19 Footy Heroes
  15:10 – 16:10 Dave Football England’s Top 53 Footy Goals
  16:10 – 17:10 Dave Football England’s Top 39 Footy Gaffes
  17:00 – 19:30 BBC2 Football Euro 2017 Qualifier England v Serbia – Women’s Football
  17:30 – 17:45 ITV4 General British Touring Cars Crashes and Smashes
  17:45 – 19:00 ITV4 Tennis French Open LIVE 14th day’s play at Roland Garros.
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 General TT – Sidecar Superstars
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 General TT – Hutchy Miracle Man Documentary
  21:00 – 22:00 ITV4 General TT – Superbike TT Race Highlights
  22:00 – 00:15 ITV4 General Film – Road Profile of the Dunlop family.
  22:00 – 00:00 Spike General Spike Fight Night LIVE Premier Boxing Champions
Sunday 05/06/2016 00:15 – 02:30 ITV4 General Film – Fastest Moto GP film.
  06:00 – 06:15 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest
  09:10 – 10:10 ITV4 General World Superbike Highlights
  10:10 – 11:15 ITV4 General TT – Superbike TT Race Highlights
  11:15 – 17:40 ITV4 General British Touring Car Championship LIVE Round 4 from Oulton Park
  13:30 – 16:30 BBC1 Athletics Diamond League LIVE From Birmingham
  13:30 – 17:50 ITV Tennis French Open LIVE Coverage of the Final Day.
  16:00 – 18:00 BBC2 General Gymnastics LIVE Women’s European Championships
  17:40 – 20:00 ITV4 Tennis French Open LIVE Coverage of the Final Day.
  18:00 – 22:00 ITV Football Soccer Aid England v Rest of the World LIVE
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Cycling Criterium du Dauphine Prologue.
  21:00 – 22:00 ITV4 General TT – Sidecar TT Race 1 Highlights
  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge General TNA Wrestling
  22:00 – 00:15 ITV4 General Life on the Limit Formula 1 Documentary
Monday

06/06/2016

00:15 – 01:15 ITV4 General TT – Sidecar TT Race 1 Highlights
  03:00 – 03:50 ITV General Motorsport UK
  12:50 – 13:50 ITV4 General TT – Sidecar TT Race 1 Highlights
  13:50 – 14:55 ITV4 General TT – Sidecar Superstars
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Criterium du Dauphine Stage 1 of the UCI World Tour Race
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 General Moto GP Highlights From Catalunya
  21:00 – 22:00 ITV4 General TT – Supersport Race 1 Highlights
  22:00 – 23:30 ITV4 General Joey – The Man Who Conquered TT Documentary
  22:40 – 23:40 ITV General The Big Fish Off With Bobby Davro
  23:30 – 00:30 ITV4 General The Motorsport Mavericks Documentary
Tuesday

07/06/2016

00:30 – 01:30 ITV4 General Motorsport UK
  01:30 – 02:25 ITV4 General TT – Supersport Race 1 Highlights
  12:45 – 13:45 ITV4 General TT – Supersport Race 1 Highlights
  13:00 – 13:45 BBC2 Rugby League The Super League Show Weekly highlights
  18:00 – 19:00 ITV4 General Moto GP Highlights From Catalunya
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Criterium du Dauphine Stage 2 of the UCI World Tour Race
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour Series Highlights from Stevenage, Round 8
  21:00 – 22:00 ITV4 General TT – Superstock TT Race Highlights
  22:00 – 23:00 ITV4 Football Euro 96 – The Summer Football Came Home Documentary
  22:45 – 23:45 BBC1 Football Thierry Henry – My France, My Euros Documentary
  23:40 – 05:00 BBC Red Button Football Euro 2016 Build Up
Wednesday

08/06/2016

01:00 – 01:25 Channel 4 General KOTV Boxing Weekly
  01:05 – 02:05 ITV4 General BDRC Formula 3 Championship Highlights
  01:25 – 01:55 Channel 4 General World Sport
  01:55 – 02:20 Channel 4 General Motorsport – British GT Repeat
  02:05 – 03:00 ITV4 General TT – Superstock TT Race Highlights
  12:45 – 13:45 ITV4 General TT – Superstock TT Race Highlights
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Criterium du Dauphine Stage 3 of the UCI World Tour Race
  19:00 – 23:30 BBC Red Button Football Euro ’96 Rewind England v Germany Semi Final in full!
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour Series Highlights from Croydon, Round 9.
  21:00 – 22:00 ITV4 General TT – Supersport TT Race Two Highlights
  22:00 – 23:00 ITV4 General The Motorsport Mavericks Documentary
  22:45 – 23:30 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 – Football Focus Special With Gary Lineker
  23:00 – 01:20 ITV4 General Life on the Limit Formula 1 Documentary
  23:30 – 00:05 BBC1 General A Question of Sport With Jack Butland
Thursday

09/06/2016

01:20 – 02:20 ITV4 General TT – Supersport TT Race Two Highlights
  12:50 – 13:50 ITV4 General TT – Supersport TT Race Two Highlights
  19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket England v Sri Lanka Third test highlights from Lord’s.
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Criterium du Dauphine Stage 4 of the UCI World Tour Race
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Football History of the Euros
  21:00 – 22:05 ITV4 General TT – Lightweight TT and TT Zero Highlights
Friday 10/06/2016 00:10 – 01:15 ITV4 General The Motorsport Mavericks Documentary
  01:15 – 02:10 ITV4 General TT – Lightweight TT and TT Zero Highlights
  11:40 – 12:45 ITV4 Football History of the Euros
  12:45 – 13:45 ITV4 General TT – Lightweight TT and TT Zero
  19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket England v Sri Lanka Third test highlights from Lord’s.
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Criterium du Dauphine Stage 5 of the UCI World Tour Race
  19:15 – 22:15 ITV Football Euro 2016 LIVE France v Romania, Opening Match
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour Series Highlights from Portsmouth.
  22:05 – 22:15 ITV4 General British Touring Cars Crashes and Smashes
  22:15 – 23:15 ITV4 General TT – Senior TT Highlights
  23:25 – 00:10 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 Highlights France v Romania, Opening Match

Racing UK Day Pass Available!

You may not know, but Racing UK is available via the Internet on Freeview, as well as other platforms (online, Android etc).  I contacted Racing UK though, as I’d heard a Day Pass is available, for those who just want to catch a particular racecard, and not commit to a full subscription.

Chris: So how does the Day Pass work?

Racing UK:  The Day Pass works much the same way as the regular Racing UK Anywhere subscription, but only opens up access to the channel until midnight at end of day of purchase (for a single payment of £10/€10).

Chris: Where can we watch the Day Pass? 

Racing UK: Customers can watch on Freeview and all compatible mobile devices via a single login (username and password). They can also watch via Sky, which is probably less applicable for you, but effectively customers just need to choose a Sky or a non-Sky Day Pass package and all other devices are enabled via single login.

Chris: Can I only watch on one platform with each pass?

Racing UK:  For Racing UK Anywhere subscriptions, customers choose any three devices (although you can pay a premium to access more devices).

Chris: Great!  How do we buy a Day Pass? 

Racing UK:  Day Passes are available to purchase online and via phone.

Online: http://www.racinguk.com/daypass

Phone: 0844 472 9900 (UK) or 0818 776 779 (ROI)

Many thanks to Racing UK for the information above.  Chris