Live Darts on Front Runner This Weekend!

Chris:  Great to see more live Darts on Freeview – full details below.  Front Runner is building up some great live sport, including British GT.  The Darts coverage has been really good – with commentator John Gwynne being on board it gives the production great credibility too.  Please do check out the coverage this weekend.



England Darts Organisation’s flagship international event the England Open is being televised LIVE on Front Runner this weekend – with some of the world’s best players competing for the coveted titles.

The 10th England Open will be broadcast live on Saturday (June 17) and Sunday (June 18) to 19 million homes across the UK and Northern Ireland on SKY ch469, Freesat ch250, Freeview ch91, Talk Talk/ BT ch91.

On Saturday, Front Runner will air the National Singles Men’s and Ladies Finals from 4.30pm, and the main show will start on Sunday at 3pm with six hours of darts from The Men’s, Ladies and Youth stage finals.

Filming will take place at the Bunn Leisure Holiday Centre in Selsey, near Bognor Regis, in West Sussex – a venue which has become famous through hosting this popular annual event.

Players competing in the men’s categories include:-

  • World Champion Glen “Duzza” Durrant, who will return to defend the titles he won last year;

  • Northumberland’s Gary “Big Robbo” Robson, who will mark his 50th birthday attempting to retain his National Singles Title from last year and also win his second open title following his previous victory in 2011;

  • Wesley “Sparky” Harms who leads the Dutch invasion of players and will be bidding for his fourth title as the most successful player in the history of the event; and

  • Scotland’s Ross “The Boss” Montgomery who leads the invasion from the north in a bid to win his second title.

Players lined up for the women’s categories are:-

  • Deta “The Dark Destroyer” Hedman, who bids to retain both her Open and National Singles Titles from last year;

  • Anastasia “From Russia with Love” Dobromyslova, Russia’s former three-times world champion;

  • Trina “Golden Girl” Gulliver MBE, 10 times world champion; and

  • Lisa “The Lancashire Rose” Ashton, who is the current world champion and is attempting to win her first England Open title.

In the youth categories, Owen Maiden from the West Midlands and Yorkshire’s Beau Greaves will attempt to defend their previous titles.

Tommy Thompson, Chairman of the England Darts Organisation, said: “The England Darts Organisation is thrilled that Front Runner is transmitting our flagship event which celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend.”

He added: “We hope this strengthens our current and future collaboration with the channel, which also broadcast The Isle of Man Open and British Internationals live from their respective venues earlier this year.”

Ross Ravago, from Front Runner, said: “We’re really pleased to be offering another weekend of live international darts on Front Runner. Be sure to tune in from 4.30pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday for all the action at the England Open.”

Schedule of matches and times can be found on

Note to editors

Picture Caption IMAGE 1. Darts champions Glen Durrant (L) and Deta Hedman (R)

About Front Runner

Front Runner is the UK’s first and only free-to-air dedicated sports channel and leads the way in showcasing the best in action sports from across the globe. It offers the latest news from the worlds of motorsport, professional fighting and live sports. Along with adrenaline-fuelled action, there’s also darts, poker, comedy and chat. Updates are available through the Front Runner‘s Facebook page and Twitter feed. The channel is available on SKY ch469, Freesat ch250, Freeview ch91, Talk Talk/ BT ch91.

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 world’s 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 trailblazing initiatives, including the transmission of all their events live on the internet platform. More information can be viewed through their website, Facebook page, Twitter feed and a members newsletter.


More Darts for Front Runner



“We are pleased to announce that Front Runner (the UK’s only free to air sports channel) has today confirmed a further broadcasting deal with the England Darts Organisation to broadcast live at the England Open to be played from the 15th to 18th June 2017.

We are delighted to have agreed this deal with Front Runner and to get live television exposure for the England Open and we hope the players and supporters of EDO darts will also be thrilled with this fabulous news.

This will be our third event that Front Runner will broadcast, the first was the Pokerstars Isle of Man Festival of Darts and the second was the 38th annual British International Championships.

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

Chris: Great news that more England Darts tournaments will be on Freeview.   I enjoyed the coverage from the first two tournaments shown (Isle of Man and Bradford). – John Gwynne as commentator is an excellent addition to the coverage too.  The only concern with the previous broadcasts is that coverage has had to switch to You Tube, meaning Front Runner viewers have missed the end of the matches!  Hopefully this can be rectified for the next tournament in June.

Front Runner – March 2017

Lots of brand new shows are coming to the UK’s only free sports channel in March. It’s a great channel, available on Freeview Channel 91.

Here’s all the new content arriving at Front Runner this month. Enjoy.

  1. Mobil 1 the Grid. Fortnightly on Saturdays at 10am. Repeated Monday 6.30pm.  

This popular motoring magazine show offers behind the scenes access to race days, team news and insights into the technology used on your favourite cars from the world of motorsport. Mobil 1 the Grid delivers the most comprehensive coverage of four-wheel racing on television. It has news and discussions about Formula 1, NASCAR, the Daytona 500 and much more.

With international features on some of motorsport’s biggest stars, including one of Formula 1’s most popular drivers, Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo, you will not want to miss a second of this pulsating action.

  1. Gillette World Sport 2017. March 2nd at 9.30pm (not Sky). Repeated Saturdays at 5.30pm.

Love a niche sport? Then there is no better programme to watch than Gillette World Sport. This feature-driven show delves into the idiosyncrasies of your favourite sports, taking a look at the techniques used by athletes, how they train, technology, the cutting edge science and much more.

With interviews from some of the world’s biggest sporting stars, from motorsport, snowboarding, skiing, rugby, sailing and Olympic competitions. You name it, Gillette World Sport has it covered.

  1. International Chessboxing. Saturday March 4 at 6pm. Repeated throughout March.

This hybrid fighting sport combines two traditional British sports, boxing and chess, as competitors take rounds of chess mixed with rounds of boxing until a winner is declared either via knockout or checkmate.

An engaging “brains and brawn” combat sport that was invented by Dutch performing artist Iepe Rubingh, where contestants include former undefeated IBF World Champion Terry Marsh. Since its creation, the sport has grown rapidly in popularity within the UK as well as Germany, India and Russia.

Front Runner will show a match held at the Royal Albert Hall between bankers Bryan Woon and Sean Mooney.

Top upcoming fights include a politics special as UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott will face off with Liberal Democrat activist Toby White in April.

  1. P1 Superstock UK. Sundays at 8pm. Repeated throughout the week including Saturdays at 4pm.  

If you’re after the thrills and spills of the motorsport world then the P1 Superstock Championship is the sport for you. Join the worldwide phenomenon that is already being broadcast in more than 650 million homes globally.

This highlights programme will bring you the best action from Britain’s premier powerboat racing series from venues throughout the beautiful English countryside such as Scarborough and Yorkshire.

The Superstock race courses are tight, fast and close to the shore, with the local crowd creating a terrific atmosphere. Events take place both in the UK and the United States, with three races held over the weekends lasting approximately 20 minutes each.

  1. Pokerstars Isle of Man Festival of Darts. Weekend of March 11 (from 3pm) – March 12 (from 2pm).

The 32nd running of Pokerstars Isle of Man Festival of Darts will be the first sporting event ever broadcast live from the island. It is also one of the most anticipated and best attended darts events of the calendar year.

Known for its party atmosphere, over the last three decades fans have travelled from all over the country for this truly unique event.

Past winners have included stellar names such as Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson, Scott Waites and Dennis Harbour. With the winner set to net a cool £30,000 prize money, what is not to love about the Isle of Man festival?

Broadcast Times: 11th March – 3pm till 7pm.  12th March – 2pm till 6pm.

  1. New episodes of Bike World. Fortnightly on Mondays at 7pm. Repeated Saturdays at 9pm.  

Europe’s most popular motorbike entertainment show is coming to Front Runner for all you two wheeled fanatics. This fortnightly show will bring you the latest news, showcase the latest and greatest bikes from beautiful locations and bring you in-depth features from the world of motorcycling.

The team will transport you throughout Europe as they bring you exclusive stories ahead of anyone else. If it’s on two wheels, it’s on Bike World.

  1. NZ Toyota 86 Championship and NZ Toyota Series. Wednesdays at 5pm and 6pm. Repeated Fridays 8pm and 9pm (Freeview).

The fourth season of the New Zealand Toyota 86 Championship looks set to be the tightest competition in its history as the country’s leading one-make series has its strongest field of drivers yet.

Competitors race in identical Toyota 86 cars, something that a lot of motorsport fans actively encourage rather than one having the upper hand thanks to a faster car.

This intense championship will include some of motorsport’s biggest names from New Zealand as racers will test their abilities in six rounds before a winner is declared.

Meanwhile the 2017 Toyota Racing Series will start with round one in Ruapuna, New Zealand and will see drivers compete in Toyota FT50 race cars in five races over five weekends.

  1. Annual British Internationals Darts Championships. Weekend of March 25th (from 3pm) – 26th (from 2pm).

From the Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford, the annual British Internationals Championships will be broadcast live on Front Runner.

The event, which dates back to 1979, is a competition run under the advocacy of the British Darts Organisation. It is a team event that sees rival sporting nations England, Scotland and Wales compete against each other to determine which country is crowned the best in Britain.

Broadcast Times: 25th March – 3pm till 7pm.  26th March – 2pm till 6pm.

Front Runner is available on Freeview ch91, FreeSat ch250, Talk Talk/BT ch91 and Sky ch468.