EDO Darts on Freeview!

Chris: Thanks to Louise and the Front Runner team for sending this over – and absolutely brilliant news for the world of Darts.  Hopefully even more tournaments will be shown during 2017.  See full press release below.



Front Runner, the UK’s only free-to-air sports channel has today confirmed a broadcasting deal with the England Darts Organisation to broadcast live their next two darting events, the 32nd running of Pokerstars Isle of Man Festival of Darts 11th, 12th March, 2017 and the 38th Annual British Internationals Championships held at The Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford between 24th-26th March, 2017.

Tommy Thompson Chairman of the EDO “We are delighted to have signed this deal with Front Runner and to get live television exposure for two of our Flagship events and more so on a dedicated free to air sports channel is really exciting for all us, and we know the players and supporters of BDO darts will be thrilled with this fabulous news.”

Ryan Scarratt, from Front Runner, said “this is another exciting milestone for Front Runner; it’s a privilege to be responsible for televising the first live sports broadcast from the Isle of Man”.

He Added “We’re delighted to be collaborating with the EDO to bring live darts from this year’s Pokerstars Isle of Man Festival of Darts and the Annual British International Championships. Again we’re offering coverage to another under-publicised sport”.

Both darting events will be available in 19 million homes across the UK and Northern Ireland on Freeview, FreeSat, Talk Talk/BT and Sky.

The IOM Government are equally excited about the news as this will also be the first time a live sporting event has been broadcast from the Island live and that includes the annual and now world famous TT races which has only ever had television highlights air.

Mr Rob Callister, political member with responsibility for tourism on the IOM “Having live TV from the Villa Marina Royal Hall means we can now share the exciting atmosphere of the final stages of the IOM International Darts Festival with darts fans far and wide which is great news for everyone.

The IOM festival will be broadcast live on the famous Villa Marina, Douglas on afternoons of 11th and 12th March, and the British Internationals the same on 25th & 26th March.

Front Runner broadcasts on a number of platforms and is available on SKY ch468, Freesat ch250, Freeview ch91, and Talk Talk/BT ch91

About Front Runner

Front Runner is the first and only free to air sports channel in the UK, showcasing the best in action sports from across the globe. It offers action, lifestyle and documentaries from the worlds of ice hockey, professional fighting and now live sports. Along with adrenaline-fuelled action, it also airs poker shows, comedy and chat to 19 million homes across the UK and Northern Ireland on Freeview, Freesat, Talk Talk, BT and Sky. Updates are available through the Front Runner’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

About England Darts Organisation

The England Darts Organisation, was formed 10 years ago, and in this relatively short period of time have grown into the Worlds’ second largest provider of International Ranking events, behind the PDC. Their National teams, representing Mens’, Ladies, Youth, have dominated the International scene, at all levels, during World Cups, Europe Cups, British Internationals, 6 Nations International Championships, throughout the last decade. The EDO has introduced many new trail blazing initiatives, including the transmission of all their events live on the Internet platform. More information can be viewed through their website http://www.Englanddarts.co.uk, Facebook page, Twitter Feed , and a members newsletter


Aldi Whisky Taste Test!

“Let other poets raise a fracas
“Bout vines, an’ wines, an’ drucken Bacchus,
An’ crabbit names an’stories wrack us,
An’ grate our lug:
I sing the juice Scotch bear can mak us,
In glass or jug.”
(Extract from ‘Scotch Drink’by Robbie Burns)

My blog started nearly a couple of years ago now and it was all about Sport. Sport, Sport and more Sport to be precise.

Then came the idea to expand – after all, the reality is that there’s less Sport on Freeview, and plenty of other topics I want to write about.

So, before Christmas, Aldi kindly sent me a Glen Marnoch 28 Year Old Whisky to review and the article was so popular – 1,237 views and counting!

Take a look at the article here – https://sportonfreeviewuk.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/whisky-review-glen-marnoch-28-year-aldi/

There’s been a review for Aldi’s Premium French Vodka too – take a look here at https://sportonfreeviewuk.wordpress.com/2016/12/21/saint-germont-premium-french-vodka-aldi/

Anyway, it’s great to see that these features are proving popular so with that in mind we move on to present day. Sunday January 29th 2017 – and a ride out to Astley near Manchester… And a party to celebrate my Dad’s 65th Birthday, well worth a drink… Which is a good job really as I had three fine whiskies to try, all courtesy of Aldi once again. Burns Night has just passed, and some people are still celebrating the occasion, and probably will do well into February!
Three completely different whiskies – all available at a very reasonable price. How would they fare in our ‘birthday’ taste test, with nine of us trying each of them? All of them under the same conditions… Which would come out on top?!


My thanks to the eight other Whisky Tasters who made this article possible – each of them with the contributions, and all of them just as welcome and as valid as my own, and all of them putting a brilliant effort into this tasting.  Extended thanks to Pat, Phil and Charlie Benson, thanks also to Stephanie and David Whittaker, Frank Clarke, Tony Williams and Daniel Jubb (who arrived just before I ended the tasting!).

Whisky Number 1
Highland Black 8 Year Old Scotch Whisky, £13.49


Available in all Aldi stores.
Aldi advise that this eight year old Highland Black whisky is “…a rich blend of the finest grain and malt whiskies from Scotland” – and recommend it to be enjoyed with black pudding (I love black pudding, I think I’m in a minority to admit that, but always have done!).
My Mum, Pat, who would admit herself that she is not normally a whisky drinker, particularly enjoyed this sample. She said “…it’s smooth… going down nicely!” Our group tried this whisky on it’s own, and with a mixer (we used a tiny bit of cola to add to our sample). For me, I made a nicer drink with the cola, great value at £13.49 too.

Scores: Highland Black scored 60 out of 90, coming 2nd in our taste test overall.

Whisky Number 2
Glen Marnoch Islay Single Malt Whisky, £17.99


Available in all Aldi stores.
Aldi say the Islay Single Malt is “…peat-smoked, rich, sweet and nutty… it has a slight sea air and distinctive smoky-sweet malty notes”. My friend Daniel described this Islay as “well balanced” – and it was his favourite of the three we sampled – it was also my Dad Charlie’s favourite (anyone looking for a birthday present for my Dad next year – look no further!).
Some suggesting this Islay tasted like ‘Big Peat’, but when I told our group the price of this bottle, I think Big Peat will be staying on the shelf – Big Peat is approximately double the price of this Aldi offering!

Scores: The Glen Marnoch Islay scored 54 out of 90 on our group taste test, (it was my 2nd favourite, I gave it 8 out of 10).

Whisky Number 3
Glen Marnoch Speyside Single Malt Whisky, £17.99


Available in all Aldi stores

Aldi advise “…this single malt has rich toffee and vanilla notes, with flavours of distinctive oaky spice followed by a long and lingering finish.” I have to say, by far, that this was my favourite – I gave it a 9 out of 10. A drink that just keeps developing when your drinking it, it’s to full of flavour. It’s just a pleasurable drink – and that’s what whisky should be like. My cousin Stephanie went one further, giving the Speyside 10 out of 10! My brother Phil found this to be his favourite too – giving it 8 out of 10.
Scores: No surprise then, then out of a possible 90 on our taste test, the Speyside came out 1st with 65 out of 90 – a fantastic score.

Chris’s Summary: What a great selection from Aldi! The Speyside for me is a must have, and a bargain at £17.99. Perfect for these cold Winter evenings – but any of them will cure the January and February blues. I was also particularly impressed with the Highland Black 8 Year Old.

Thanks to Aldi for the complimentary samples, and if any of you have some product suggestions for us to sample please let me know, I’d love to hear from you.

Sutton v Leeds United FOR FREE!!!


Sutton United v Leeds United: Live stream FA Cup football online or watch on TV with BT Sport

Watch Sutton United v Leeds United exclusively on BT Sport

Info taken from the BT Sport Website – please pass on!!!  The match is free for all Sunday afternoon!  Freeview Channel 59 – it’s live on there.  Take a look at my BT Showcase page which lists everything that’s been shown on the channel.  Chris


Non-League giant killers Sutton United host Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds United in the fourth round of the FA Cup this weekend and the game will be shown exclusively live for FREE on BT Sport.

All you have to do to watch the match right here on BTSport.com is bookmark this page, return at 1.30pm on Sunday and then follow the banner below to access our free Sutton v Leeds live stream.

The game will also be shown for free on TV on BT Sport Showcase (Freeview channel 59) and on Virgin Media channel 458.


Subscribers, meanwhile, can tune in on BT Sport 2 as well as on BT Sport 4K UHD, while live streaming will be available on BTSport.com via the banner below.


The game will also be shown on the BT Sport app with our acclaimed enhanced video player.


Watch Sutton United v Leeds United exclusively on BT Sport

For fans of both Sutton and Leeds of a certain vintage, the clash will evoke nostalgic memories of the 1970 meeting between the sides in the third round of this competition.

At the time, the Whites were one of the most feared – albeit not always universally loved – teams in the land, having just won their first-ever league title under Don Revie.

A star-studded line-up featuring the likes of Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles, Jack Charlton and Norman Hunter (no rotation for the cups back then…) romped to a 6-0 victory in front of a jam-packed 14,000 crowd.

Leeds went on to reach the final that year, eventually losing to Chelsea in a replay, and also made it to the last four of the European Cup in the same campaign.

And although they return to Gander Green Lane as a drastically diminished force in comparison to those halcyon days, the tie is no less significant for Sutton’s part-timers.

Having scored a mightily impressive 3-1 win at League One side AFC Wimbledon in their third-round replay, they are now looking to pen arguably the most famous chapter in their FA Cup history.

Until now, the club has been synonymous with a shock 2-1 triumph over Coventry City in 1989, just two years after the Sky Blues had lifted the trophy at Wembley.

But with that success coming in the third round, dispatching Leeds and reaching round five for the first time would surely rank as their finest achievement.

However, Paul Doswell‘s heroes will be well aware that they are facing one of the country’s form teams.

Leeds finally appear to be mounting a genuine promotion bid under the shrewd guidance of boss Garry Monk after a tumultuous, often farcical 13 years since losing their top-flight status.

They have won seven of their last nine games in all competitions and come into the match sitting pretty in third place in the Championship.

And while the long-suffering Elland Road faithful can now genuinely dream of an imminent Premier League return, a white-knuckle FA Cup run is no less likely to stir their passions.

One need only look at the huge numbers who travelled to the Abbey Stadium for their third-round win over Cambridge United to see how much the FA Cup still means to this proud club.

But what price an upset?

Sutton will certainly look to use the backing of the 5,000-strong crowd to unsettle Monk’s charges and they can also draw on a solid home record this term.

They have been beaten on just three occasions in all competitions at Gander Green Lane, with just one reverse in their last 15 on their own patch.

In former Arsenal trainee Roarie Deacon and striker Maxime Biamou, they possess two men who clearly relish the FA Cup stage, having notched seven goals between them in their run to the fourth round.

Midfield man Craig Eastmond has a Champions League appearance with the Gunners on his CV, while skipper Jamie Collins should be fresh and raring to go as he returns from a two-game ban.

The underdogs will also hope to exploit any lack of cohesion in what could be a much-changed Leeds line-up.

Monk may decide to remove the likes of 20-goal hitman Chris Wood, centre-back Kyle Bartley and winger Liam Bridcutt from the firing line as he looks to keep them fresh for the promotion charge ahead.

Whether this will be enough to open the door for a remarkable Sutton triumph remains to be seen, but the stage looks set for a barnstorming afternoon of FA Cup action in front of the BT Sport cameras.


Sutton United manager Paul Doswell: “Leeds will be the biggest match of my managerial career and I would like to hope that we can do ourselves justice and give the TV a good game and as always there is the underdogs’ chance, isn’t there? It is one we just have to embrace and look forward to.

“But we’ve got a good chance against Leeds on our pitch because no one likes playing on our pitch apart from us. There were a lot of people talking about our pitch prior to the first game against Wimbledon, and we are very, very good on it.”

Leeds United manager Garry Monk: “We are building something and trying to put something in place with this group and this club. My full focus is on that and on doing my best from day one. That will always continue for as long as I am at the club.

“As a manager, you come with the focus of developing something. Football doesn’t always allow you that in management but I work with a short-term view to get the right results as quickly as possible, which then allows you to have a longer-term view of what you want to do. As a manager, you always have a mixture of both.”

Key statistics

  • Sutton United have played Leeds once before in the FA Cup, losing 6-0 to them in 1970.
  • Leeds have progressed from nine of their last 11 ties in the Fourth Round, losing out to Liverpool in 2000/01 and Tottenham in 2009/10.
  • Sutton are the lowest ranked team still left in the competition, beating AFC Wimbledon in a third round replay.
  • In the Fourth Round, the last team from a league below Leeds to knock the Whites out was Oxford in January 1994 – Leeds have won their last five Fourth Round ties of this ilk, most recently in 2002/03 against Gillingham.
  • Sutton have never gone further than this stage, losing 6-0 to Leeds in the fourth round in 1970 and 8-0 to Norwich in 1989.
  • Leeds have won six of their seven FA Cup ties against non-league opposition, losing only to Histon in 2008/09.

Can’t watch the game live?

No problem. We’ll be making highlights of the game available here on BTSport.com and the BT Sport app, while there will be several full re-runs of the match – consult our TV Guide for more information.

Chris: Great that BT are making this game available for all to see.  It means we have a Super Sunday of FA Cup Football now, with two games live on BBC One and one game on BT Showcase.  Lincoln City already through to Round 5 so the non-league dream lives on – will Sutton United join them?

Rick Astley Is Back!

Rick Astley is back – with a brand new album! Titled ‘50’, it’s a cracker – I’ve been lucky enough to be able to listen to it recently.




When Rick Astley first hit the charts, I was just 5 or 6 – and to be honest, missed out on ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ and the other Stock, Aitken and Waterman hits the first time around (my first ever record that I bought was Kylie Minogue’s ‘I Should Be So Lucky’, just a few months after Astley had been number one).

Rick dominated the charts… but I only discovered his music about fifteen years ago… when I found a ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation had been released. Not only did I hear Astley’s 80’s gems, but also some of his 90’s work which is really good and sadly doesn’t tend to get much airplay (‘Never Knew Love’ is a great feel good song that deserves recognition).
Anyway, coming to present day and Astley is back, not only with a new album but a massive worldwide tour to go with it too.


‘Keep Singing’ was the first single to be released, and it’s the first track on this album.  It’s a superb track to start things off, and you can see why it was picked as a single to get media attention to the rest of the tracks.  I like ‘Angels on My Side’, which was the second single to be released – then again, the quality continues to be good for the remaining ten tracks.  It’s a credit to Astley, and for me, it’s his best work to date.  I can only hope that we’ll get another album soon – it’s left me wanting to hear more!  Chris


Track Listing:

Keep Singing

Angels on My Side

Wish Away

This Old House



I Like The Sun

Somebody Loves Me

Let It Rain

Pray With Me

Coming Home Tonight

Let It Be Tonight

Sport on Freeview Up To Feb 3rd

Hello all, welcome to the latest Sport on Freeview update, now including sub-sections for your favourite channels too – these will follow after the main listings, so please do check these out!  

Don’t miss Sutton v Leeds LIVE AND FREE ON BT SHOWCASE Sunday Afternoon!  Details below!

Please let me know what you think of the new style too.  Check out my radio show at http://www.livesportsfm.co.uk at 1pm on Saturday – previewing all the week’s sport on TV!  Chris

Listings up to and including Saturday January 28th.

BT Showcase (Freeview Channel 59) will be showing Big Bash Cricket highlights, ending on Saturday with highlights of the final.  Channel Five also have highlights of the final too.  Don’t forget to check out my BT Showcase page too – which has been updated with listings up to January 28th, download the spreadsheet to see what’s been on the channel so far.


Saturday January 28th 2017:


13:50 – 15:20

Channel Five

Big Bash Cricket – The Final




14:45  – 17:30

BT Showcase

BT Sport Score


19:00 – 23:00


Darts Live – Masters Day 2


20:00 – 22:00


Dominant Wrestling – Live from Dundee.


20:00 – 21:00

BT Showcase

Big Bash Cricket – The Final


21:00 – 21:30

Channel Five

Football – The Championship


21:30 – 22:00

Channel Five

Football on Five – Goal Rush


22:30 – 23:55


Match of the Day

FA Cup Highlights from Today.


23:55 – 01:55


The NFL Show


Sunday January 29th  2017:

11:50 – 14:00


FA Cup Match of the Day LIVE

Millwall v Watford


12:45 – 17:00


Darts Live – Masters Day 3


13:00 – 14:30


Australian Open Tennis

Men’s Singles Final Highlights


13:30 – 16:15

BT Showcase

FA Cup Live – Sutton United v Leeds

Live and free… for all to see!


14:30 – 17:15


Bowls – Live Men’s Singles Final


15:35 – 18:05


FA Cup Match of the Day LIVE

Manchester United v Wigan Athletic


17:00 – 17:55


The Darts Show


18:15 – 19:00


Ski Sunday


19:00 – 23:00


Darts Live – Masters Day 3


22:30 – 23:20


FA Cup Match of The Day – Highlights


23:15 – 00:15


Anglo Welsh Cup Rugby Highlights


Monday January 30th 2017:

18:00 – 19:00

Front Runner

Indoor League with Fred Trueman


23:05 – 00:05


German Football Highlights


Wednesday February 1st 2017:

18:00 – 19:00

Front Runner

Indoor League with Fred Trueman


Thursday February 2nd 2017:

00:25 – 01:25


Peter Shilton – Sports Life Stories


Friday February 3rd 2017:

20:00 – 03:00

BBC Red Button

Tennis – Davis Cup Live


23:05 – 01:00


Davis Cup Tennis Highlights – Canada v Great Britain


Saturday February 4th 2017:

14:30 – 17:30

BT Showcase

BT Sport Score.


Fancy this…  A year of live sport for just £19.99 with Eurosport Player (Normally £59.99!).  A great offer. “Anytime, Anywhere”… you can catch the extensive live sport wherever you are.

Check out http://www.eurosportplayer.co.uk for more details!  NOTE – THIS OFFER ENDS ON JANUARY 31ST, DO NOT MISS OUT!  BUY IT NOW FOR JUST £19.99!
Over the next month, I’ll be reviewing Eurosport’s coverage.  First up to mention is the Australian Open Men’s Singles Final on Sunday – the only place you can see it live is on Eurosport.  During the week there’s ‘Live Winter Universiade’, the men’s cross-country classic.  And from Wednesday there’s the Snooker German Masters, with extensive coverage on Eurosport.
I’ve been watching Eurosport Player via Amazon Fire TV, and downloaded the official Eurosport app.  Great picture quality, was enjoying downhill skiing this weekend.  Comprehensive coverage, really good.  You may have seen the news that Discovery channels may leave Sky at the end of January – it’s a shame Sky cannot realise how good the Discovery channels are.  Eurosport 1 and 2 are Discovery channels, so maybe purchasing Eurosport Player is a solution for you – in order to keep watching their in-depth tennis, snooker, cycling, etc.


I’ll be picking out some programmes you catch each week on TV Player Plus.  To subscribe, and for more information, visit http://tvplayer.com/plus – £5.99 a month for 30 premium channels; it’s great value.  Channels include GOLD, Alibi, Lifetime, W, Eurosport 1 and 2, Eden – and loads more.  There’s the option to watch the 30 premium channels (and loads of Freeview channels) all live, and a good selection of catch-up material too.

Saturday on GOLD there’s a night of ‘I’m Alan Partridge’ starting from 9pm, love this sitcom… I genuinely never tire of watching it.  Sunday on Comedy Central at 10pm you can see Lee Evans’s stand-up performance ‘Monsters’ from 2014.  On Monday at 9pm on History there’s brand new ‘American Pickers’ to look out for.

Tuesday at 9pm on Discovery there’s brand new ‘Gold Rush’ (remember Sky may lose Discovery channels at the end of the month, so subscribing to TV Player Plus would give you access to the Discovery channels, well worth remembering!).  Comedy Central on Wednesday at 10pm has brand new ‘The Chris Ramsey Show’, GOLD on Thursday at 8pm has the brilliant film ‘Groundhog Day’… and Eden on Friday at 9pm has ‘David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities’.  Plenty to look forward to.

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Sad news this weekend in the Racing world.  I’d just enjoyed watching Many Clouds on Racing UK, from ‘Westgate 23’ in Heckmondwike where they show Racing UK Live – a great win, and sadly passed away shortly after his victory.




Live Racing
Today’s live racing action from Cheltenham, Meydan and Kempton..


Racing Replay
A round up of today’s racing action from Cheltenham and Kempton..

Sunday January 29


Racing Replay
A round up of yesterday’s racing action from Cheltenham and Kempton..


Racing Breakfast
Another chance to see this weeks “The Verdict” and a special report from Barbados..


Racing Replay
A round up of yesterday’s racing action from Cheltenham and Kempton..


Live Racing: Vincennes
Today’s live racing action from the biggest trotting race on the French racing calendar..


Racing Replay
A round up of yesterday’s racing action from Cheltenham and Kempton..

Monday January 30


Racing Replay
A round up of Saturday’s racing action from Cheltenham and Kempton..


Live Racing
Today’s live racing action from Sha Tin..


Racing Replay
A round up of Saturday’s racing action from Cheltenham and Kempton..


Live Racing
Today’s live racing action from Ayr..


Racing Replay
A round up of today’s racing action from Ayr..


The BT Showcase page has been updated with listings up to, and including Saturday February 4th 2017.  You can find BT Showcase on Freeview Channel 59.  Listings also appear in the guide above.  There’s highlights of the Big Bash Cricket final, BT Sport Score, and live FA Cup Football on Sunday with Sutton United v Leeds United – great that BT Sport are making this available for all to see.


Front Runner Forthcoming Highlights:

  • Asian Le Mans Series are being shown on January 29th at 8pm.
  • From the Vault on Saturday at 11pm. 
    • Saturday: Highlight package of ICE 18 at the Macron Stadium in Bolton. Includes the light-heavyweight title fight between Andrew Clamp and Bakary El Anwar.
  • Bike World on Saturday at 4pm Saturday.
  • Top Speed Classic, Sunday from 6pm where the host Martin Utberg takes viewers to the Qatar Concours d’Elegance in Doha. Repeated at 6pm on Tuesday. 
  • Behind the Fighter with Danny Mitchell on Sunday at 9.30pm. 
  • FACING OFF, highlights from the Elite Ice Hockey League Thursday at 6pm.
  • The Indoor League (Series 1) continues. 



Fixtures live at http://www.livesportsfm.co.uk

26/01/2017 FA Youth Cup – Fifth Round
Man City vs Southampton


28/01/2017 Barclays U18 Premier League
Man City vs Newcastle United


28/01/2017 Buildbase FA Vase – Fifth Round
Team Solent FC vs South Shields

Indoor League Interview

Indoor League is back on Front Runner (Freeview Channel 91) – currently showing repeats from Series 1. I caught up with the Executive Producer of the show, John Fairley, to talk about his time on the show.

What do you remember about your time on the show – I believe the first series (which is on now) was filmed at the Queens Hotel in Leeds, but the series moved onto the Irish Centre, is that right?
You are right that we started at the Queens and then moved to the Irish Centre – though one day’s recording was interrupted by a bit of a rumble between some of the Centre’s regular drinkers. But we got over that OK.
I live in Bradford, so it’s great to hear/see Bradford residents take part! I believe the late, great Sid Waddell devised the show, is that correct?
We (and that means myself, Sid Waddell, John Meade from Scarborough) started to dream the Indoor League up after we had shown some Yorkshire games on the regional programme Calendar, including Knur and Spell which, being an outdoor sport, never made it to the Indoor League.
Fred Trueman is a perfect host for the show – how did he get considered to host the show?

At the time we knew Fred Trueman quite well because, not only was he the world’s greatest fast bowler but he came into the studios because he was trying to become a stand-up comedian. Sid, by and large, wrote Fred’s scripts. And I think in a lot of the programmes you will hear Sid trying out some of the wonderful turns of phrase which he refined when he himself became a commentator. Dave Lanning was one of the commentators, and even Bill Maynard.

It’s great to see some games you don’t see in pubs anymore such as bar billiards and ‘Yorkshire Darts’! Was you surprised when the series ended in 1977, or had the show reached a natural conclusion?
Personally I think the show could have lived for ever, but both Sid and John Meade moved on – and both have since died.

Boon Is Back!

Boon is Back!

In January 1986, ITV first screened ‘Boon’ starring Michael Elphick. The show would run for seven series… and now, it’s back with repeats on the Drama Channel (Freeview Channel 20). Repeats of Series 1 can be seen at 8am, 3pm and just after midnight Mondays to Fridays.
To my knowledge, I reckon it’s a good fifteen years since the show was last repeated (I think the last repeat was on satellite channel Granada Plus, anyone care to correct me?!)
Whilst it’s great to see the show back, it’s a little disappointing that the episodes have been edited to fit into Drama’s tight schedule. Drama works on programmes starting at the top of every hour and so each episode of Boon has been edited down to 45 minutes. Take Episode 1 from Series 1 – ‘Box 13’… this was originally over 52 ½ minutes long, meaning 7 ½ minutes has been edited out of the 2017 repeat. Another 7 minutes out of Episode 2. With 93 episodes made, this would mean a lot of time edited out over the course of the repeats.
The problem is when the show was first aired back in 1986, there was less advertising on television. The shortest episode in Series 1 is 50 minutes and 29 seconds… and the longest episode is 52 minutes 49 seconds. Nowadays, there’s three commercial breaks in an hour instead of two breaks… and the only solution would be to give Boon a longer timeslot, which wouldn’t fit into Drama’s scheduling remit. Of course, some edits have to be accepted – on the BBFC website, Series 1 was given a ‘PG’ rating, but Series 2 and 3 was given a ’15’ rating, Series 4-6 were given a ’12’ rating… therefore it’s inevitable that some scenes from those series will not be suitable for daytime broadcast.
I have contacted the press team at Drama and suggested an uncut late-night repeat – if nothing else this would have meant viewers could record the show and at least see the series unfold as originally intended. Drama are certainly not the only channel to edit shows – ITV4 use edited versions of ‘The Sweeney’, ‘The Professionals’, ‘The Saint’ and ‘Minder’ with no uncut late-night offerings. Drama were kind enough to reply, and said “…the episodes have been slightly edited to fit the slot, you’re right. I’m afraid the repeats will be the same versions as the earlier ones.”
I’ve also asked Drama if they will be showing the feature-length 90 minute special from 1991 called ‘The Night Before Christmas’ – and the good news is the channel will be screening this episode, Drama said “…it hasn’t been placed in the schedule yet”. One way to catch the whole, uncut series is to purchase the series on DVD, available from all usual stockists.
Either way, tune into Drama each weekday – I’m guessing repeats will continue till May 26th so plenty of episodes to come.


The Hare and Hounds – Bradford

The Hare and Hounds is on Toller Lane, Heaton, Bradford – just a couple of minutes away from Bradford Royal Infirmary. And, on Tuesday nights you can find me there… hosting the weekly quiz. I’ve been hosting it since December 2015 and there’s a good number of teams which take part each week, it’s really good fun. After the quiz there’s a chance to win big money on ‘Open the Box’ which is always popular too.


But the Hare and Hounds has more to offer. For example, on the last Friday of each month, they have a Soul and Motown Evening which is always popular.
The pub has a warm, welcoming feeling – I love the chalk board which details all of the cask ales available… there’s always a good beer on! Good range of wine too – my personal recommendation is the Silverland Malbec, goes down a treat.

Food is served all day, with an extensive menu and plenty of seasonal offers too. I ate at the pub at the end of last year with my Mum, brother Phil, Uncle Frank and my children – great service, and the food was spot on.

Vinyl Review – Classic Rock Anthems

Classic Rock Anthems (Vinyl)

Thanks to Demon Records for sending over this release for me to review.  This compilation is exclusive to vinyl, and features two records full of classic tracks… twenty songs in total.

It’s been produced on 180g vinyl – I first played the record whilst hosting my Christmas show on BCB Radio in Bradford, and hearing ‘Starship’ and ‘We Built This City through the PA system in Studio 3 sounded absolutely brilliant!



  1. Boston – More Than a Feeling
  2. Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
  3. Toto – Rosanna
  4. Kansas – Carry on Wayward Son
  5. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
  6. Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell
  7. Mister – Broken Wings
  8. Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl
  9. Cheap Trick – I Want You to Want Me (Live in Tokyo – Japan)
  10. REO Speedwagon – Keep on Loving You


As you can see, Disc 1 has five tracks on each side and there are some classics – typical of many rock compilations perhaps, but great to hear them together  on vinyl.


  1. Europe – The Final Countdown
  2. Ram Jam – Black Betty
  3. Boz Scaggs – Lido Shuffle
  4. Belinda Carlisle – Leave A Light On
  5. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
  6. Starship – We Built This City
  7. Alice Cooper – Poison
  8. Heart – Barracuda
  9. Patti Smith Group – Because the Night
  10. Blue Öyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper


Unlike some compilation where the second disc loses some quality, this isn’t the case here – Patti Smith and Alice Cooper keep this compilation lively right to the very end.  Available from all good retailers, this is a must for any newcomers to vinyl, great for parties, etc.


Live 24h Motorsport This Weekend

Live motorsport to be broadcast on free sports channel Front Runner


The UK’s only free sports channel Front Runner will screen live action from the Dubai Autodrome this Friday (January 13) and Saturday (January 14) at the season opener of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook.

Fans can tune into real-time updates from the ‘Hankook 24H DUBAI – Round 1 of the 24H SERIES’ on Sky, Freeview, FreeSat and Talk Talk/BT. The show – titled ‘Hankook 24H Dubai’ – will be presented by commentators from Radiolemans.com.

Almost 100 endurance teams and over 400 drivers are set to compete in the race and the broadcast will be the first high-profile motorsport event to be aired live on Front Runner.

On Friday, between 9.30am and 11am* follow the race buildup and anticipation from the start grid, with pre-race interviews with the drivers, the first pit stops and initial laps of the race. From midday to 5pm, tune into the race’s progress and get to know more about the drivers and teams competing.

On Saturday’s show, the racing action and analysis continues non-stop between 2am and 10.30am with the finish and podium ceremony.


Ryan Scarratt, from Front Runner, said: “We’re delighted to be introducing live motor racing with the first round of the 24H SERIES and screening all the action as it happens in Dubai.


“If the live broadcast on Friday and Saturday is successful, we will explore the possibility of screening further live races as the motor racing season continues around the world.”

Natasha Mark from CREVENTIC, the Dutch agency which is the promoter and organiser of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook in co-operation with the Dutch National Racing Team, said: “The development of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook, now also accompanied by our new 24H TCE SERIES powered by Hankook and 24H PROTO SERIES powered by Hankook, is one of the major success stories in international motorsport.


“The Hankook 24H DUBAI is our undisputed flagship event with an international field of teams and drivers, but also an international audience of endurance racing fans that is getting bigger and bigger every year.


“The media presence on Front Runner, the UK’s only free sports channel, only helps to increase the popularity of the event, with plenty of teams and drivers from the UK.”

Front Runner is available on Freeview ch91, FreeSat ch250, Talk Talk/BT ch91 and Sky ch468. The free-to-air sports channel launched in October 2016.

Freeview viewers can check if Front Runner is available in their region here <Insert link> https://www.freeview.co.uk/channels-at-your-address
The Freeview advice line is available on 03456 505050.