Flowers In The Dirt – Reviewed!

Flowers in the Dirt Review
The Paul McCartney Archive Collection continues with ‘Flowers in the Dirt’, McCartney’s solo effort from 1989. It was my good friend Craig Whitfield that introduced me to this album in 2005. I was going through a tough time, and the album was just the medication I needed.
It’s now available in a wide variety of formats, with new songs ready for me to discover.
Regarding the original album, it’s an absolute classic. Starts with the single ‘My Brave Face’, and into ‘Rough Ride’. Then a duet with Elvis Costello, ‘You Want Her Too’, one of several collaborations recorded – more on that later. There’s upbeat tracks, and mellow ones too. ‘Distractions’ is a soft, gentle number, as is ‘Put It There’ which follows a couple of tracks on.
My favourite track of the original LP has to be ‘This One’ – so much is it my favourite track that genuinely, I would have it played at my funeral. That’s how much I love it. It wasn’t a single, you probably haven’t heard of it, but genuinely, it’s brilliant.
Disc 2 in the new Special Edition includes nine previously unreleased Costello and McCartney collaborations. I’d heard ‘You Want Her Too’ before and this is a great song, but to hear eight more tracks, 28 years after the album first came out is just brilliant!  And they are sensational – adding even more, to an album that was already a favourite of mine.

So much work goes into the Paul McCartney Archive Collection – from locating previously unheard material, to the actual remastering of the albums too.  I already look forward to the next release with anticipation.

 

Chris

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Sport on Freeview Up to June 9th

Hello all – a bumper edition as I’m off on my hols!  So, if I miss anything – log in, make a comment before with the programme, and then other readers will be able to see it.  That would be a big help!!!  As for this weekend, there’s LIVE BDO World Darts on Front Runner all weekend – look out for that.  There’s French Open Tennis on ITV4 all week too…  America’s Cup Sailing, and live UEFA Champions League on BT Showcase next weekend.  Chris

Friday May 26th 2017:
17:00 – 23:00
Front Runner
BDO Darts – World Trophy LIVE

Saturday May 27th 2017:
10:30 – 16:15
Quest
World Superbike Championship LIVE
From Donnington Park

11:55 – 14:30
Channel Four
F1: Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying LIVE

12:00 – 13:00
BBC One
Football Focus

13:00 – 19:00
Front Runner
BDO Darts – World Trophy LIVE

13:30 – 16:30
ITV Racing LIVE
From Haydock, Goodwood and York

16:15 – 17:15
BBC One
The FA Cup Final Build Up

17:15 – 19:45
BBC One
The FA Cup Final LIVE – Arsenal v Chelsea

18:00 – 19:00
BBC Two
PGA Championship Highlights

18:00 – 20:00
BT Showcase
America’s Cup LIVE – Qualifying

22:00 – 23:00
Quest
Giro D’ Italia Highlights

22:55 – 23:55
ITV4
Premiership Rugby Union
Final Highlights

23:35 – 00:10
BBC One
FA Cup Final Highlights

Sunday May 28th 2017:
09:30 – 18:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

10:00 – 16:15
Quest
World Superbike Championship LIVE
From Donnington Park

12:00 – 14:30
BBC Two
Athletics
Great Manchester Run LIVE

12:00 – 12:35
Channel Four
F1: Monaco Grand Prix Build Up

12:35 – 15:10
Channel Four
F1: Monaco Grand Prix LIVE

13:00 – 19:00
Front Runner
BDO Darts – World Trophy LIVE

14:30 – 15:30
BBC Two
Athletics
Diamond League Highlights from Oregon.

15:30 – 17:00
BBC Two
Rowing
European Championships Highlights

16:30 – 21:00
BT Sport App/Website
Indy 500 LIVE
Note – this is NOT on BT Showcase, but free via the app/website only.

18:00 – 21:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

22:00 – 23:00
Quest
Giro D’ Italia Highlights

23:20 – 00:15
ITV
Premiership Rugby Final Highlights
Coverage switches to Channel Five next season.

Monday May 29th 2017:
09:30 – 18:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

13:00 – 20:30
Front Runner
BDO Darts – World Trophy LIVE
Final day of coverage.

18:00 – 21:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

18:00 – 19:30
BT Showcase
America’s Cup LIVE – Qualifying

21:00 – 22:00
ITV4
Isle of Man TT – Record Breakers

22:00 – 23:00
ITV4
Cycling – Tour Series
Action from Durham.

Tuesday May 30th 2017:
09:30 – 18:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

13:00 – 13:45
BBC Two
The Super League Show
Rugby League action.

18:00 – 21:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

18:00 – 19:30
BT Showcase
America’s Cup LIVE – Qualifying

21:00 – 22:00
ITV4
Isle of Man TT – The Perfect Lap

22:00 – 23:00
ITV4
Cycling – Tour Series
Action from Hertfordshire

Wednesday May 31st 2017:
07:30 – 08:30
ITV4
Isle of Man TT – The Perfect Lap

09:30 – 18:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

13:30 – 17:00
ITV
ITV Racing LIVE from Epsom

18:00 – 21:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

18:00 – 20:00
BT Showcase
America’s Cup LIVE – Qualifying

19:00 – 20:55
BBC Red Button
Football
Live coverage of Bristol City v Chelsea in the Women’s Super League.

21:00 – 22:00
ITV4
Isle of Man TT – My Greatest Moment

22:00 – 23:00
ITV4
World Superbike Highlights
From Donnington Park

22:45 – 23:15
BBC One
A Question of Sport

23:00 – 00:05
World Rugby U20 Championship Highlights
Opening Pool Fixtures from Georgia

23:30 – 00:55
ITV
British Touring Car Championship Highlights

Thursday June 1st 2017:
08:30 – 09:30
ITV4
Isle of Man TT – My Greatest Moment

09:30 – 18:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

18:00 – 21:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

19:20 – 21:30
BBC Red Button
Rugby Union LIVE
Live coverage of the match between Ulster and the famous Barbarians touring side at the Kingspan Stadium.

21:00 – 22:00
BBC One
Frank Skinner on Muhammad Ali

21:00 – 22:00
ITV4
Isle of Man TT Preview Show

Friday June 2nd 2017:
08:30 – 09:30
ITV4
Isle of Man TT – Preview Show

09:30 – 18:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

13:30 – 17:00
ITV
ITV Racing LIVE from Epsom

17:00 – 17:30
Front Runner 1
Mobil 1 – The Grid

18:00 – 21:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

18:00 – 20:00
BT Showcase
America’s Cup LIVE – Qualifying

21:00 – 22:00
ITV4
Isle of Man TT – Qualifying Highlights

Saturday June 3rd 2017:
09:30 – 21:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

13:30 – 17:00
ITV
ITV Racing LIVE
Including the Epsom Derby

18:00 – 19:00
BT Showcase
UEFA Champions League Tonight

19:00 – 22:30
BT Showcase
UEFA Champions League Final LIVE
Juventus v Real Madrid

21:00 – 22:00
ITV4
TT Highlights

22:45 – 23:45
ITV
UEFA Champions League Final Highlights

Sunday June 4th 2017:
09:30 – 21:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

15:25 – 18:15
ITV
Football LIVE
Michael Carrick Testimonial from Old Trafford

21:00 – 22:00
ITV4
TT Highlights

22:00 – 23:00
ITV4
Cycling
World Tour Highlights Stage 1

23:30 – 00:20
BBC Two
Cricket
ICC Champions Trophy Highlights

Monday June 5th 2017:
09:30 – 21:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

21:00 – 22:00
ITV4
TT Highlights

22:00 – 23:05
ITV4
Cycling
World Tour Highlights Stage 2

Tuesday June 6th 2017:
00:45 – 01:35
BBC Two
Cricket
ICC Champions Trophy Highlights

12:30 – 20:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

19:00 – 20:00
Channel Five
Moto GP Highlights from Italy

22:00 – 23:05
ITV4
Cycling
World Tour Highlights Stage 3

23:20 – 00:10
BBC Two
Cricket
ICC Champions Trophy Highlights

Wednesday June 7th 2017:
12:30 – 20:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

22:00 – 23:05
ITV4
Cycling
World Tour Highlights Stage 4

23:05 – 00:05
ITV4
Cycling – Women’s Tour Highlights
Stage 1

Thursday June 8th 2017:
11:00 – 20:00
ITV4
French Open Tennis LIVE

22:00 – 23:05
ITV4
Cycling
World Tour Highlights Stage 5

Front Runner – BDO Darts this Weekend

Check out the exciting news – Front Runner 2 to launch on Sky and Freesat!  I’ve asked whether or not this will arrive on Freeview, but no plans yet.  Will keep you posted! Check out the LIVE BDO World Darts this weekend too! Chris

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Launch of Front Runner 2 on Sky

This means that Front Runner on Sky has moved so the two channels can be next to each other. Front Runner will remain on Freeview ch91..

  • Front Runner will broadcast on SKY ch469 and Freeview ch91 broadcasting  24/7
    schedule

  • Front Runner 2 will broadcast on SKY ch468 and Freesat ch250 just broadcasting
    RPGTV

British Darts Organisation
World Trophy – LIVE (May 26-29)

Front Runner will be showing the action live from the Memo Arts Centre in Barry, Wales from tonight.

The times are as follows:-

  • Tonight (Friday) 5pm – 11pm

  • Saturday 1pm – 7pm

  • Sunday 1pm – 7pm

  • Monday 1pm – 8.30pm

British GT Championship 2017

This will be shown on Front Runner 2 this weekend. It will be broadcast between 11.20am – 2pm and 3.40pm – 5.45pm.

Saturday 26th May

11pm.
UCMMA Warrior Challenge in the Cage.

Monday 28th May

10pm.
Poker Night in America

Tuesday 29th May

2pm.
Icelandic Formula Offroad.

Wednesday 30th May

2pm.
World Poker Tour (Also Friday)

4.30pm.
Arm Wars

5.30pm.
The Indoor League (Also Thursday June 1)

Friday 2nd June

5pm.
Mobil 1 The Grid.

Saturday 3rd June

11pm.
Warrior Challenge in the Cage.

Farewell BBC Store

Sad news from this week… The BBC will close its digital download service BBC Store after just 18 months, as the Corporation accepted that it had failed to compete with streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

I’ve been lucky enough to review and promote some of BBC Store’s titles here on my blog, including ‘Steve Coogan Live’, ‘Bread’ and ‘The Goodies’ – these were featured in my DVD/TV page.  I have now deleted these as the titles will be no longer available to purchase.  


According to the Radio Times website, “The service, which offered people the chance to buy and download digital copies of major BBC series or single episodes once they left iPlayer, failed to attract customers alongside the rise of on demand TV subscription services.”
BBC Store will close for good on 1st November 2017. Programmes that users have purchased will no longer be available, although the BBC will fully refund customers.  BBC Store customers are being contacted with options to claim either a refund for the total value of their previous purchases or an Amazon Video voucher for the value of their purchases plus 10 per cent, which they will be able to spend on the Amazon website.

If you have a BBC Store account and want to process your refund, visit http://www.bbcstore.com – you should have an email with further instructions.

For me, it’s sad news because BBC Store had released some great archive titles, including ‘Rentaghost’, ‘Jackanory’, Dennis Potter plays… and where will these get to be seen now?  Some had never been released on VHS or DVD previously too.  Netflix and Amazon tend to show more recent BBC series, and nothing too deep into the BBC Archive.  Looks like many programmes will just gather dust on the shelves again.  Chris

BT Sport’s Free Offering – Sailing and Indy 500

Hello all – two press releases from BT below…  note the Indy 500 is not on BT Showcase, but available via the BT Sport App.  Just download the app to your phone, and you can stream to your TV via Google Chromecast.  Chris

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BT SPORT UNVEILS SCHEDULE FOR AMERICA’S CUP THIS SUMMER

 

Sailing legend Sir Ben Ainslie’s attempts to bring the biggest prize in sailing back to British waters to be shown live on BT Sport

 

Award-winning TV presenter Clare Balding and sailing legend Shirley Robertson and Stevie Morrison will present BT’s coverage of Sir Ben Ainslie’s bid to bring the America’s Cup back to the UK.

     Starting on Friday 26 May, BT Sport will be showing 23 days of exclusively live coverage from Bermuda until the finale on Tuesday 27 June.BT’s commitment to make televised sport more accessible will also see the first 12 days of live racing from the Qualifiers and the Challenger Play-off semi-finals plus highlights from the Challenger Final and the Match broadcast on BT’s Freeview channel, BT Sport Showcase HD channel 115 and Virgin channel 548.

     Clare Balding will anchor BT Sport’s coverage and alongside her will be double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson as reporter and Stevie Morrison providing expert analysis. BT Sport will show exclusively live all of the America’s Cup action from Bermuda, from the Qualifiers through to the America’s Cup Match across 23 days.

     This year’s competition will see the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie, hoping to win the oldest trophy in international sport with his Land Rover BAR team and the America’s Cup race boat “Rita”.

     BT is Land Rover BAR’s Official Technology in Sustainability Partner. BT has designed 4G wireless and fixed networks for the Land Rover BAR team allowing data relating to the catamaran’s performance, local sailing and weather conditions to be collected and transmitted direct from the boat back to “Mission Control” at the team’s operations centres in Bermuda and the UK.

     Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “Sir Ben Ainslie is one of the most famous British sporting names of all time, given his fantastic achievements at multiple Olympic Games. The America’s Cup is spectacular viewing, and I can’t wait to see this prestigious tournament on BT Sport, giving fans the chance to follow Sir Ben Ainslie’s quest to bring the cup home.”

     Sir Ben Ainslie, Landrover BAR, said “Fantastic news that BT Sport, the UK live rights holder will show the first 12 days of the America’s Cup racing on BT’s Freeview channels, starting on 26th May, it is a real boost for the team and British fans.”

BT SPORT TO SHOW INDIANAPOLIS 500 LIVE ON TV AND ONLINE

BT Sport will be shining the spotlight on F1 driver Fernando Alonso as he attempts to win the second leg of the historic “triple crown” in the 101stIndianapolis 500 (Indy500) race this weekend.

     Starting on Sunday, 28 May, the race will be broadcast in full, as well as featuring an exclusive interview with Fernando Alonso ahead of the iconic oval race. Coverage will be anchored by Suzi Perry live from the BT Sport studios in London and will include expert analysis from British professional racing driver Mike Conway and top sports journalist, Richard Williams.

     Having already won the Monaco Grand Prix, Alonso has set his sights on becoming only the second driver after the late Briton Graham Hill to win the Formula One championship, Indy and Le Mans.

     Coverage of the race will start at 4.30pm live on BT Sport/ESPN, and will also be available on www.btsport.com or via the BT Sport app. BT Sport is showing every Indycar race throughout the 2017 season.

     BT Sport’s coverage of the race is to be produced by independent company Whisper Films and will include insight from former F1 World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

     Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “Motor racing fans across the world are intrigued to see how the world class Fernando Alonso will fare against his more experienced Indycar competitors.   Led by Suzi Perry, our team will provide live expertise and analysis on one of the most iconic races on the global motorsport calendar.

Share My House – On Right Move Now!

Hi readers quick favour. Please share the link to our house for sale… Giving it a big push to sell…http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-60007033.html/svr/2121?utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=smspropertydetails&utm_source=url – share on social media etc. It’s the best house in Bradford for under 70k… Well worth a look. Ive lived there for ten years and many happy memories. All the best, Chris

Classic ITV Drama Comes to Talking Pictures TV!

Great news that Talking Pictures TV (Freeview Channel 81) are to repeat the Granada Television classic ‘A Family At War’, starting Sunday June 11th at 6pm.  The show ran for 52 episodes, and each episode will be shown twice – Sundays and Wednesdays, so two opportunities to catch the show.

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I grew up in Granadaland – and as an eight year old, was lucky enough to walk inside the infamous Granada Studios on Quay Street Manchester to have an audition for ‘Children’s Ward’!  But, I didn’t get on the show 😦

So, with ‘A Family at War’ coming, it got me thinking.  What other shows from the ITV archive would I like to see repeated on Talking Pictures TV?  And, please, comment below with your suggestions – the more, the merrier!

  1. The Beiderbecke Trilogy – Starring James Bolam and Barbara Flynn, this was made by Yorkshire Television and I was too young to catch the show first time around.
  2. The Army Game – a long-running comedy series made by Granada in the late 50’s and early 60’s and starring William Hartnell who went on to become the first ‘Doctor Who’ in 1963.
  3. Coronation Street’ – I think it would be great to see early episodes of this.  I remember as a 14 year old catching repeats from 1976 onwards on satellite channel Granada Plus and I was hooked.  Granada Plus became ITV3 in 2004 and the Coronation Street repeats ceased.  I’m not fussed to see episodes from the 90’s and 00’s… just the first couple of decades.
  4. Crossroads‘ – screening ‘Crossroads’ is trickier than ‘Coronation Street’.  A large percentage of the archive is sadly missing.  Local TV channel ‘Big Centre TV’ started repeating the episodes but these were suddenly stopped and then ‘Big Centre TV’ closed down.  I know the stories wouldn’t continue between each surviving episode but I’d be still curious to see what does exist.
  5. The Lovers’ – classic Granada sitcom from the 70’s with Richard Beckinsale and Paula Wilcox.
  6. Nearest and Dearest’ – another Granada classic sitcom – with Hylda Baker and Jimmy Jewel.
  7. The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club‘ – I loved watching repeats of this on Granada Plus – the show ran for six series!
  8. ‘Hadleigh’ – Yorkshire Television drama from the 70’s starring Gerald Harper.
  9. ‘Whicker’s World’– another Yorkshire Television classic.  Would be great to see Alan Whicker on our screens again.  Episodes on ITV started back in 1968 – and like the ‘Glimpses’ segments on Talking Pictures, I think these would do well.
  10. ‘The Sandbaggers’ – Yorkshire Television drama, I’ve heard about it, but never seen it – it’s meant to be really good.
  11. ‘Crown Court’ – get some episodes of this on!  A long-running daytime classic from Granada and featured many guest starts during its run.
  12. ‘Dick Turpin’ – an LWT series starring Richard O’ Sullivan of ‘Man About the House’ fame.
  13. ‘Follyfoot’ – a Yorkshire TV show which included Desmond Llewellyn of ‘Q’ fame (James Bond) in the cast.
  14. ‘Watching’ – an 80’s ITV sitcom I grew up with, would love to see again.  I can’t understand why it’s never repeated on ITV3 instead of ‘In Loving Memory’ and ‘On the Buses’ over and over.
  15. ‘The Arthur Haynes Show’ – classic ATV comedy from the 60’s.
  16. ‘George and The Dragon’ – another ATV comedy classic, with Sid James and John Le Mesurier.
  17. ‘The Bounder’ – an early 80’s Yorkshire TV sitcom starring Peter Bowles and George Cole.
  18. ‘Brass’ – a Granada TV spoof of ‘Dallas’ and ‘Dynasty’ starring Timothy West.  I’ve seen clips of this and it looks funny.
  19. ‘Cannon and Ball’ – I have several DVD’s of the duo’s shows and they’re still funny.  They made several series for LWT – let’s get them repeated again on a Saturday night!
  20. ‘Russ Abbot Madhouse’ – as above, I don’t think these have been repeated since their first transmission and I don’t understand why.  Long overdue a repeat.
  21. ‘September Song’ – this was a Granada TV drama starring Russ Abbot and Michael Williams from the early 1990’s.  It’s brilliant and loved it first time around.
  22. ‘Stay Lucky’ – Dennis Waterman is his first major role after Minder, made for Yorkshire TV and also starring Jan Francis.
  23. ‘Sergeant Cork’ – ATV drama series starring William Gaunt.
  24. ‘A Kind of Loving’ – an acclaimed 10 part drama made by Granada.
  25. ‘Sez Les’ – Les Dawson’s brilliant sketch show made for Yorkshire TV which also featured guest appearances from John Cleese.

 

That’s it for now – please do write your suggestions below!  Chris

 

Driffield Triathlon 2017

Driffield Triathlon 2017

Twitter hashtag #DriffieldTri

May 7th 2017 saw the Driffield Triathlon take place once again at Driffield Leisure Centre, organised by Freebird Events – their first event in their busy 2017 calendar.

Lots of people doing their first ever triathlon today – well done to Matt Dawson, Rachel Feather, Lucie Stevenson, Rebecca Thompson, Andy Lyons, Toby Curtis, Tabitha Kennedy, Gracie Wright, Jake Thwaites, Ruby Shannon, Adele Havercroft – all experiencing a triathlon for the first time.  And there was loads more too all debuting – well done to you all and I hope it’s given you the bug to sign up for more events.

It all started for the competitiors with a 16 length swim in the Driffield Leisure Centre pool, 400 metres in total to swim.  Then, onto the bikes for a cycle course approximately 19 kilometres in length.  The run was a 3 lap course, 5 kilometres in total, in and around the Driffield Leisure Centre grounds.

The start times were staggered throughout the day, and the event concluded with Junior races in various categories, for youngsters aged between 8 and 14.

Overall, in the Men’s Sprint, William Atkinson came out on top, completing the course in 54 minutes and 9 seconds, a fantastic time.  2nd was Andy Lyons in 55:23 and Joseph Hudson in 55:49.

In the Female Sprint results, Brit Tate was the fastest around the course, crossing the line in 59 minutes and 23 seconds.  Katy Cawthorn finished in 1:05:31 and in 3rd was Donna James, finishing in 1:06:04.

Well done to the following category winners:

Male 15-16 – Jordan May

Male 17-19 – Oliver Cockerill

Female 17-19 – Beth Grogan

Male 20-24 – William Atkinson

Female 20-24 – Brit Tate

Male 25-29 – Thomas Mawer

Female 25-29 – Anna Kavanagh

Male 30-34 – Joseph Hudson

Female 30-34 – Sarah Weston

Male 35-39 – Kris Capperauld

Female 35-39 – Stephanie Harvey

Male 40-44 – Scott Palframan

Female 40-44 – Katy Cawthorn

Male 45-49 – Andy Lyons

Female 45-49 – Debbie Rookes

Male 50-54 – Steven Wigglesworth

Female 50-54 – Donna James

Male 55-59 – David Stevens

Female 55-59 – Jill Jameson

Male 60-64 – Brian Beisly

Female 60-64 – Karen Hames

Male 65-69 – Nigel Kitching

Relay – Cycling Sisters Tri-Ing It

 

Big thanks to Stu Web RFID Timing Solutions who were in charge of the race timings on the day. They’re working on the Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon on July 1st, so say hello to them if you’re taking part! They’re also organising the Erewash Half Marathon on August 19th, to find out more visit http://www.stuweb.co.uk – thanks again!

 


You can find out more about Freebird at http://www.freebirdevents.co.uk

A shout out too to ‘Coach Craig’ who was there at one of the stands today.  Visit http://www.coachcraigtri.com and see how you can receive coaching and support towards building up your triathlon performance.

 

 

Sport on Freeview W/C May 20th 2017

Hello all welcome to this week’s blog.  Don’t forget Manchester United are LIVE and FREE on BT Showcase Freeview Channel 115 this Wednesday!

BT Showcase Schedule Updated 20.05.17 – check out my updated spreadsheet with everything that has been on BT Showcase so far.  Note: You won’t be able to receive the channel on Freeview Channel 59 anymore, it’s now on Channel 115 for Freeview HD TV’s and Set Top boxes only.

Also this week, I’ll be running a feature where I’m reviewing Sky Sports via Now TV.  Any questions, send them over here and I’ll try and get them answered during the course of the week.  Chris

Including programming for…

Saturday May 20th 2017:
10:00 – 11:00
ITV4
ITV Racing – The Opening Show

10:45 – 12:10
Spike
FIA Formula E LIVE
Paris EPrix Qualifying

12:00 – 13:00
BBC One
Football Focus

12:55 – 14:55
BBC Red Button
WSL Round Six – Arsenal v Birmingham City
Live coverage of the Women’s Spring Series as last year’s FA Cup winners Arsenal host 2017 finalists Birmingham City at The Hive.

Repeated at 6pm on Red Button.

13:30 – 16:00
ITV
ITV Racing LIVE
Four races from Newbury

14:30 – 16:15
Channel Five
FIA Formula E LIVE
Paris EPrix

18:00 on S4C (watch via BBC Iplayer)
CLWB RYGBI: MUNSTER v OSPREYS, kick off 18.15, live from Thomond Park, Limerick.
Clwb Rygbi brings live coverage of Munster v Ospreys in the Guinness Pro12 play-off semi-final from Thomond Park. With a place in the Pro12 final up for grabs, it’s safe to say that this will be a career defining game for both sides.Kick off 18.15. (S)

19:00 – 20:00
Front Runner
Born to Fight. New series where novice fighters get thrown into the world of Mixed Martial Arts, the most extreme fighting art in the world.

20:00 – 21:00
Front Runner
UCMMA Fighting. Warrior Challenge in the Cage from London.

22:00 – 23:00
Quest
Giro D’ Italia Cycling Highlights – Stage 14

23:50 – 00:15
Channel Five
Football on 5 – Bradford City v Millwall
League One Play Off.

Sunday May 21st 2017:
11:15 – 18:00
ITV4
British Touring Car Championship LIVE
From Oulton Park, Round 4 of the season.

14:30 – 17:30
BBC Red Button
Final Score
Jason Mohammad presents a feast of football on the last day of the Premier League season, with reports and interviews from all 10 games, including Chelsea versus Sunderland and Liverpool against Middlesbrough.

15.15 on S4C
RYGBI – ABERAVON v MERTHYR, kick off 15.30, live from the Talbot Athletic Ground.
Live coverage of Principality Premiership Final, with Owain Gwynedd, Jamie Robinson and Lowri Morgan as Aberavon welcome Merthyr to the Talbot Athletic ground. English sound-track available via the red button on Sky, Freeview or Virgin Media. Freesat viewers should use the audio selection option. Kick-off 15.30. (S)

17:30 – 23:30
BBC Red Button
North West 200 Highlights
Highlights of the famous motorcycle meet in Northern Ireland. Big names John McGuinness and Guy Martin will be lining up for Honda while the legendary Alastair Seeley will be desperate to extend his record of 17 North West wins. Looped highlights.

20:00 – 21:00
ITV4
Rugby Union
Premiership Highlights – Semi Final action.

22:00 – 23:00
Quest
Giro D’ Italia Cycling Highlights – Stage 15

22:30 – 00:15
BBC One
Match of the Day 2
Including Hull v Tottenham.

Monday May 22nd 2017:
17:00 – 17:30
Front Runner
Irish National Forest Championship Highlights

17:30 – 18:00
Front Runner
The Indoor League with Fred Trueman. Look out for episodes throughout the week.

18:00 – 23:45
BBC Red Button
The Women’s Football Show
Eilidh Barbour presents highlights from round six of the Women’s Spring Series, as newly promoted Yeovil Town travel north to face WSL champions Manchester City and Sunderland take on Chelsea. Looped highlights.

19:00 – 20:00
Channel Five
Moto GP Highlights
Action from France.

19:00 – 20:00
ITV4
Cycling – Tour Series
Action from Round 6 in Bath.

23:40 – 00:40
ITV4
German Football Highlights

Tuesday May 23rd 2017:
13:00 – 13:50
BBC Two
The Super League Show
Rugby League Highlights

19:00 – 20:00
Channel Five
FIA World Rally Championship Highlights
Round 6 from Portugal

20:45 – 21:45
BBC Red Button
FA Cup Rewind: Classic Finals – Leeds v Sunderland
Guy Mowbray introduces the best of the action from one of the most memorable finals in FA Cup history, which saw favourites Leeds United take on unfancied Sunderland in 1973. Repeated throughout the week at various times on Red Button.

21:45 – 22:45
BBC Red Button
FA Cup Rewind: Classic Finals – Tottenham v Coventry
A look at the 1987 final between Tottenham and Coventry – one of the most memorable matches in the competition’s history, with five goals and an extra-time winner. Repeated throughout the week at various times on Red Button.

22:00 – 23:00
Quest
Giro D’ Italia Cycling Highlights – Stage 16

22:45 – 23:15
BBC One
FA Cup – The Road to Wembley
Key Moments from this Season’s FA Cup

23:10 – 00:05
BBC Red Button
FA Cup Final Highlights – Arsenal v Chelsea
Relive highlights of the only time the 2017 finalists have met in an FA Cup final, back in 2002. Arsenal were gunning for a league and cup double whilst Chelsea were chasing their first silverware for two years.

Wednesday May 24th 2017:
17:30 – 18:00
ITV4
The Darts Show

18:00 – 22:00
ITV4
World Series of Darts – Dubai
Delayed coverage from Day 1.

19:00 – 22:30
BT Showcase
UEFA Europa League Final LIVE
Manchester United v Ajax

22:00 – 23:00
Quest
Giro D’ Italia Cycling Highlights – Stage 17

23:00 – 00:00
ITV4
Cycling – Tour Series
Action from Round 7 in Motherwell.

Thursday May 25th 2017:
00:00 – 01:00
Quest
FIM World Endruance Championship

19:00 – 22:30
ITV4
World Series of Darts – Dubai
Delayed coverage from Day 2.

22:00 – 23:00
Quest
Giro D’ Italia Cycling Highlights – Stage 18

Friday May 26th 2017:
18:00 – 19:30
BBC Two
Athletics – Great Manchester Games
Live from Deansgate

20:00 – 21:00
ITV4
Road Racing Series
Cookstown 100 from Northern Ireland

21:00 – 23:00
Spike
Impact Wrestling

21:00 – 23:00
BT Showcase
Live America’s Cup Qualifying.

22:00 – 00:00
Channel Five
Championship Boxing
WBC World Flyweight Bout between Andrew Selby and Cristofer Rosales

22:00 – 23:00
ITV4
Cycling – Tour Series
Action from Round 8 in Aberdeen

22:00 – 23:00
Quest
Giro D’ Italia Cycling Highlights – Stage 19

Sport on Freeview W/C May 13th 2017

Hello – welcome to this week’s blog.  The Giro D’ Italia highlights continue on Quest and there’s plenty of Horse Racing on ITV4.  Don’t forget, BT Showcase is now on Channel 115.  If your TV isn’t Freeview HD compatiable, then sadly, you won’t be able to view the channel anymore.

Saturday May 13th 2017:
10:00 – 11:00
ITV4
ITV Racing – The Opening Show

13:30 – 16:30
ITV4
ITV Racing Live
From Ascot and Haydock Park

13:45 – 16:30
BBC One
Rugby League – Challenge Cup
Castleford v St Helens LIVE

14:30 – 17:30

BT Showcase – BT Sport Score (now on Freeview Channel 115)

22:00 – 23:00
Quest
Giro D’ Italia Highlights

Sunday May 14th 2017:
12:15 – 13:00
BBC Two
MOTD2 Extra

13:00 – 14:30
BBC Two
Triathlon World Series
Yokohama Highlights

14:30 – 17:00
BBC Two
Rugby League – Challenge Cup
Warrington v Widnes LIVE

17:00 – 18:00
BBC Two
Athletics – Diamond League Highlights
From Shanghai

18:45 – 21:00
Channel 4
Formula 1 – Spanish Grand Prix Highlights

20:00 – 22:00

BT Showcase

WTA Tennis – The Final of the Mutua Madrid Open.

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22:00 – 23:00
Quest
Giro D’ Italia Highlights

22:30 – 23:45
BBC One
Match of the Day 2
Including Tottenham v Man Utd

Monday May 15th 2017:
13:00 – 14:00
BBC Two
Athletics – Diamond League Highlights
From Shanghai

19:00 – 20:00
ITV4
Cycling – Tour Series Highlights
From Cheshire.

22:45 – 23:15
BBC One
Match of the Day
Including Chelsea v Watford

23:25 – 00:30
ITV4
German Football Highlights

Tuesday May 16th 2017:
19:00 – 22:30
BBC Red Button
Final Score
Football Updates

20:00 – 21:00
ITV4
World Superbike Highlights
From Italy.

Wednesday May 17th 2017:
14:00 – 16:30
ITV4
ITV Racing LIVE
From York, the Dante Festival.

19:00 – 20:00
ITV4
Cycling – Tour Series Highlights

22:00 – 23:00
Quest
Giro D’ Italia Highlights

22:45 – 23:15
BBC One
A Question of Sport

23:30 – 00:50
ITV4
British Touring Car Championship Highlights

Thursday May 18th 2017:
14:00 – 16:30
ITV4
ITV Racing LIVE
From York, the Dante Festival.

22:00 – 23:00
Quest
Giro D’ Italia Highlights

23:05 – 00:00
Channel 5
Football on 5 – We’re On Our Way to Wembley
Play Off highlights.

Friday May 19th 2017:
14:00 – 16:30
ITV4
ITV Racing LIVE
From York, the Dante Festival.

19:00 – 20:00
ITV4
Cycling – Tour Series Highlights

22:00 – 23:00
Quest
Giro D’ Italia Highlights

 

Front Runner Highlights This Week (Freeview Channel 91)

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Saturday 13 May
7pm. Born to Fight. New series where novice fighters get thrown into the world of Mixed Martial Arts, the most extreme fighting art in the world.
8pm onwards. UCMMA Fighting. 
 
Monday 15 May
1pm. Britcar. Highlights of the ever-popular MSA Britcar Endurance Championship, which brings together a broad range of machinery for a combination of 90-minute and two-hour races across the UK. Rd.1: Silverstone.
3pm. 50 years of British Rallycross.
5.30pm. The Indoor League. The Indoor League, presented by the great Fred Trueman, is the classic TV series which found the true champions of British pub games. Also Tuesday and Wednesday.
6.30pm. GT Cup UK. Exclusive highlights of the UK’s premier national GT series that caters for a multitude of stunning sportscar machinery. Rd 1 : Donington Park (National)
7.30pm. World Poker Tour. Top pros, exotic locations and huge pots make the WPT compelling viewing. Anyone who pays the buy-in can enter, but with strong players to compete against, final tables are notoriously hard to reach. Also Wednesday and Thursday.
10pm. Poker Night in America. Journey across the states with some of the country’s best poker players. Also Wednesday and Thursday. 
 
Tuesday 16 May
7pm Live Greyhound Racing. Catch the action live from the track across the country. 
 
Wednesday 17 May
3pm. BSMA MX. Watch as the dirt track stars of tomorrow scramble around the UK looking to take the next step in the world of motocross.
4pm. Tour European Rally. Top rallying of the European circuit.
4.30pm Arm Wars. Pro-Armwrestling super series.

Thursday 18 May
9.30pm. Gillette World Sport. A feature driven program with a brand new perspective on the world of sport. Covering technology, training, sporting techniques, cutting edge science and much more.

 

Live Sports FM fixtures – listen live at http://www.livesportsfm.co.uk

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12/05/2017 Kingstone Press League 1
Newcastle Thunder vs Toronto Wolfpack
19:00

 

13/05/2017 Barclays U18 Premier League
Man City vs Liverpool
10:30

 

14/05/2017 The Cricketer Village Cup – Round 2
Sessay CC vs Cayton CC
13:30

 

Live Sport on S4C This Week

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SATURDAY 13 MAY

17.00 SGORIO: BANGOR CITY v CARDIFF MET, kick off 17.15, live from the Bangor University Stadium.
Join Dylan Ebenezer, Osian Roberts, Owain Tudur Jones and the red-button-boys for the Europa League play-off final between Bangor and Cardiff Met. The last live Sgorio of the season will reveal who joins The New Saints, gap Connah’s Quay and Bala Town as Wales’ European representatives for the 2017-18 season, with the winners receiving a substantial financial boost for grabbing Wales’ last European spot. English sound-track available via the red button on Sky, Freeview or Virgin Media. Freesat viewers should use the audio selection option. Kick-off 5.15. (EC) (S)

 

SUNDAY 14 MAY

 

15.15 RYGBI – ABERAVON v BEDWAS, kick off 15.30, live from the Talbot Athletic Ground.
As the Principality Premiership reaches a climax, Owain Gwynedd, Catrin Heledd and Jamie Robinson will be at the Talbot Athletic Ground to bring you all the action from the play-off semi-final between Aberavon and Bedwas. The winner of the tie will face either Merthyr or RGC 1404 in next week’s final. English sound-track available via the red button on Sky, Freeview or Virgin Media. Freesat viewers should use the audio selection option. Kick off 15.30. (EC) (S)

 


PLUS
catch highlights from the famous Liege-Bastogne-Liege cycling race on Seiclo, at 22.00 on Thursday, 11 May.

 

AND Morgan Jones brings highlights from the Dafabet Welsh Premier League play-off final between Bangor City and Cardiff Met, as well as a round-up of La Liga action on Sgorio, at 18.30 on Monday 15 May.

 


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(EC) English soundtrack available via the red button on Sky, Freeview or Virgin Media. Freesat viewers should use the audio selection option

S4C is available on: Sky 104, Freeview 4, Virgin TV 166 and Freesat 104 in Wales

Sky 134, Freesat 120 and Virgin TV 166 in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

S4C HD is available for Sky and Freesat viewers in Wales and across the UK.

 

Live online and on demand on s4c.cymru and by using the S4C app for iOS and Android.

Viewers across the UK can also watch S4C on BBC iPlayer, tvcatchup.com, tvplayer.com, YouView and via the Facebook app.

BT Showcase This Week

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Saturday May 13th:
2:30pm-5:30pm LIVE  BT Sport Score
Football score updates.

Sunday May 14th:
8:00pm-10:00pm WTA Tennis – Madrid Open highlights from the Final.