Try Racing UK for a month – Now!

Many thanks once again to Racing UK for supporting my blog – and they have kindly informed us of a great trial which Sport on Freeview Readers can take a look at.  Fancy a free one month’s trial of Racing UK?  Within that month, you can catch all of this year’s Royal Ascot meeting – live and uninterrupted.

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The trial is available until Sunday 25th June – so don’t miss out! What can you expect from Racing UK?

  • Every race live from up to 80 meetings from the UK’s best racecourses
  • In-depth preview and review shows
  • Live coverage from 9am during Royal Ascot
  • Watch on TV, tablet and mobile
  • Watch in HD on Sky 432
  • Now available on YouView, BT TV, Plusnet TV and Talk Talk TV

Full details can be found here – http://www.racinguk.com/freetrial

I watch Racing UK via my Connected Panasonic Freeview Hard Drive – and it works a treat.  Try it for yourselves – let me know and comment below if you sign up for the trial, plenty of ways to view the channel.  Chris

Sport on Freeview W/C March 18th 2017

Welcome to this week’s blog – listings, plus a weekend review of ‘Stardust’ by Neil Gaiman at the end… what more could you want?!  Tell your friends – spread the word!  Any ideas for the blog, please do get in touch.  Chris

How Can I Receive Front Runner?
Several people have asked me why they can’t receive sports channel Front Runner on Freeview Channel 91. Basically it’s because the channel is only available if you can receive Freeview HD channels. Front Runner isn’t a HD channel, but in simple terms, it uses left over broadcasting space from the HD channels.
So, if your current TV or set top box isn’t HD compatible, then you won’t be able to view it. A lot of older TV sets and set top boxes won’t be able to view this channel. If you have a HD ready TV, this might not be good enough – you need a TV with built in Freeview HD.
One cheap solution is here – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bush-Freeview-Digital-Set-Top/dp/B00B8GMAC6/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1489744514&sr=1-6&keywords=freeview+hd+set+top+box – and at £25, would give you the facility to watch Front Runner as well as movie channel Talking Pictures TV, which is another great channel hidden away. Note – this is a set top box, and if you want to reliably record Front Runner, you could look for a more costly option, such as a recordable hard drive. At least with this cheaper option though, you can watch all of the free channels available, not forgetting the HD channels available too.
Is it worth £25 above for the extra channels? I think so – Talking Pictures has a great library of archive British films, and Front Runner is acquiring more and more sport including motorsport and darts. There’s also Vintage TV, a great music channel which is only available if you can receive the Freeview HD channels. And, one you have a compatible TV or set top box, there’s no subscription – it’s free after that.
Can everyone view the Freeview HD channels?
No, around 75% of the UK can now receive them, but only if they have the right equipment. Check this link before purchasing – https://www.freeview.co.uk/channels-at-your-address and if Front Runner appears, then you can receive them.

Going forward, highlights from Front Runner’s TV listings, as well as Sport on S4c, and BT Showcase on Freeview Channel 59 will appear within our main channel listings below.  I hope this helps!  Please let me know what you think! I also host a show on internet radio station Live Sports FM – their programmes are listed below too, within the main guide.  Pay per view channels now feature at the end of the article.  Chris

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Saturday March 18th 2017:

10:00 – 11:00
ITV4
ITV Racing
The Opening Show

10:00 – 10:30
Front Runner
Mobil 1 – The Grid

10:30am

Live Sports FM – listen to U18’s Premier League (Man City v Man Utd) at http://www.livesportsfm.co.uk

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11:30 – 12:00
BBC One
Football Focus

12:10 – 17:00
BBC One
Rugby Union
Six Nations LIVE
Scotland v Italy and France v Wales in a double bill.

12:50pm

Live Sports FM – listen to me, Chris Benson with ‘Sports on The Box’ previewing the week’s sport on Freeview at http://www.livesportsfm.co.uk

13:30 – 16:00
ITV4
ITV Racing LIVE
From Uttoxeter and Kempton Park.

14.00 on S4C (available via BBC Iplayer across the UK)

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CLWB RYGBI RHYNGWLADOL – FRANCE V WALES, kick off 14.45, live from Stade de France, Paris.

Clwb Rygbi Rhyngwladol will show live coverage of Wales’ final match in the 2017 RBS 6 Nations Championship, as they take on France at the Stade de France. After sealing a brilliant victory over Ireland last weekend, Wales will be aiming to end their campaign on a high and potentially secure a runner’s up spot, by beating Les Bleus. Kick off 14.45.

14:30 – 17:30
BT Showcase
BT Sport Score

2:30pm

Live Sports FM – listen to FA Vase Semi Final (South Shields v Coleshill Town) at http://www.livesportsfm.co.uk

15:10 – 17:30
BBC Red Button
Final Score
Football Updates

16:00 – 19:30
ITV
Rugby Union
Six Nations LIVE
Ireland v England in the final match of this year’s tournament.

16:30 – 17:30
BBC Two
Final Score
Football Updates

18:50 – 20:50
BBC Red Button
Freestyle Ski and Snowboard
World Championships – Halfpipe action.

21:00 – 22:00
Channel Five
Football on 5
Championship Highlights

22:00 – 22:30
Channel Five
Football on 5
League One and Two Goal Rush

22:20 – 23:45
BBC One
Match of the Day
Premier League Highlights

23:00 – 02:00
Front Runner
Fights From the Vault: Ice 10

Sunday March 19th 2017:

07:50 – 08:20
ITV4
World Rugby 7’s Highlights

12:15 – 13:00
BBC Two
MOTD2 Extra

12:30 – 14:30
BBC Red Button
Basketball Live
WBBL Trophy Final LIVE
Leicester Riders v Sevenoaks Suns – Women’s Basketball action.

14.45 on S4C

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SGORIO: NEWTOWN V LLANDUDNO, kick off 15.00, live from Latham Park.

Join Dylan Ebenezer, Nicky John and the red-button-boys for a crucial Conference tie in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League as Newtown welcome Llandudno at Latham Park. Despite a very disappointing first half of the season, Newtown’s excellent February and the goal threat of Jason Oswell and the returning Nick Rushton saw them climb into Europa League play-off contention. Their main rivals for the play-offs are Alan Morgan’s Llandudno who will be keen to grab a second bite at Europe. English sound-track available via the red button on Sky, Freeview or Virgin Media. Freesat viewers should use the audio selection option. Kick off 15.00. (EC) (S)

15:30 – 18:00
BBC Red Button
Basketball Live
BBL Trophy Final LIVE
Leicester Riders v Plymouth Raiders.

16:30 – 18:00
BBC Two
Ski Sunday Special
Freestyle Ski and Snowboard
World Championships action.

17:00 – 18:00
Dave
Red Bull Soapbox Race
Coverage from Mumbai.

18:00 – 19:00
BBC Two
Rugby Union
Six Nations Highlights
Round 5 action.

18:00 – 20:35
BBC Red Button
Freestyle Ski and Snowboard
World Championships action.
Ski Slopestyle Finals.

20:00 – 21:05
ITV4
Rugby Union
Anglo-Welsh Cup Highlights.

21:30 – 22:00
Front Runner
Behind The Fighter
Profile on Dean Garnett.

22:30 – 23:40
BBC One
Match of the Day 2
Including Man City v Liverpool.

23:35 – 00:05
BBC Two
Women’s Six Nations Highlights

23:50 – 00:40
ITV
Rugby Union
Anglo-Welsh Cup Highlights.

Monday March 20th 2017:

17:00 – 17:30
Front Runner
Glencoe Skyline
Final round in the Extreme Skyrunning World Series

17:30 – 18:00
Front Runner
The Indoor League
Episode 8 of the Front Runner repeats, this episode has not been repeated on the channel before and gets its first showing here. Fred Trueman introduces proceedings from The Irish Centre in Leeds. Also repeated Friday March 24th at 16:00.

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19:00 – 19:30
Front Runner
Bike World
All the latest action from the world of two wheels!

19:30 – 20:00
Front Runner
Irish Forest Rally Championship
Highlights of this multi-class event.

20:00 – 22:00
BT Showcase
WTA Tennis
Action from the BNP Paribas Indian Wells Final.

23:40 – 00:40
ITV4
German Football Highlights

Tuesday March 21st 2017:
00:40 – 01:40
ITV4
Rugby Union
Anglo-Welsh Cup Highlights.

06:00 – 06:05
ITV4
Snooker v Darts

10:30 – 11:00
Front Runner
Gillette World Sport

13:00 – 13:45
BBC Two
The Super League Show
Weekly Highlights. Repeated on BBC Red Button between 19:00 and 22:00 tonight.

17:00 – 18:00
Front Runner
Facing Off
Weekly highlights from the Elite Ice Hockey League.

Wednesday March 22nd 2017:

18:00 – 19:00
Front Runner
New Zealand Toyota Racing Series
Single-Seater racing action.

19:15 – 22:00
ITV
International Football LIVE
Germany v England
Friendly from Dortmund.

10pm on Front Runner
King of Europe Drift (round up of 2016 x2 episodes)
Highlights from Europe’s premier drift series, which features tyre-tortured sideways action as standard.

10.30pm on Front Runner
MSVR (Preview of 2017)

A preview of what’s to come from the 2017 Motor Sport Vision Racing.

11.30pm on Front Runner
BTRDA Rally Championship (Preview 2017)
The championship’s Gold Star title is the most prestigious in UK club rallying as this national series travels to some of the most iconic forest rally stages. Preview.

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

23:15 – 00:15
ITV
International Football Highlights
Germany v England

Thursday March 23rd 2017:

Midday on Front Runner
European Tractor Pulling.
Tractor pulling from Great Eccleston, the Mitas European Championship 2016. Part 1 of 2.

6pm on Front Runner
FACING OFF.
Highlights from the Elite Ice Hockey League.

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20:00 – 21:00
ITV4
The Big Fish Off
The Angling Game show continues.

21:00 – 22:00
ITV4
Goodwood Members Meeting
A look at the recent event held in Sussex.

Friday March 24th 2017:

20:00 – 21:00
ITV4
Goodwood Members Meeting
A look at the recent event held in Sussex.

BT Showcase – The Story So Far

BT Showcase Schedule Updated 24.03.17

Last Updated – March 17th 2017

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Thought I’d review BT Showcase… and tell you what’s been on the channel so far.  If you haven’t heard of it – you’re in the right place!  Keep http://www.sportonfreeviewuk.wordpress.com bookmarked and I’ll let you know what sport you can find on there.  Every week on the blog – I’ll update the spreadsheet and it’ll tell you what you can find on the channel.

Maybe you haven’t discovered the channel yet – if you haven’t it’s on Freeview Channel 59.  It’s Freeview’s hidden sports channel – tell your friends and family about it – and tell them about my blog which will let them know what BT Showcase will be broadcasting!

Feel free to download the spreadsheet below, which lists everything that’s been on BT Showcase since the channel started in the summer of 2015.  Any questions, please drop me a message.  Chris

BT Showcase Schedule Updated 24.03.17

 

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Chris’s Weekend Feature – Stardust Audio CD Review
‘Stardust’ by Neil Gaiman has indeed been adapted into a big-budget Hollywood movie in recent years, but in December, BBC Radio 4 transmitted a two part adaption with an all star cast, including Maggie Steed, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Sophie Rundle (and there’s cameos from the author himself!).  There’s also an appearance from singer Tori Amos!

Having not seen the 2007 movie or read the book, this was my first experience of the Neil Gaiman novel. So what’s it all about? This synopsis from the BBC Radio 4 Stardust page, gives you a tease of the complex plot that unravels…

Challenged to retrieve a fallen star by the beautiful Victoria Forester, to whom he has lost his heart, Tristran Thorn leaves his home in the sleepy English village of Wall and crosses into the mysterious and magical land of Faerie. But when Tristran locates the fallen star he discovers it is no mere meteorite, but an injured young woman, Yvaine.

Tristran, however, is not the only person to have seen and be in pursuit of the fallen star. Deep in Faerie, Morwanneg the witch queen, is also hunting the star, whose heart she plans to cut out to restore youth to herself and her sisters.
High on Mount Huon, Primus, Tertius and Septimus, the three living heirs to the realm of Stormhold, seek out the star to claim the right to their recently deceased father’s kingdom, and each will stop at nothing – not even murder – to ensure they are the only brother left in the running for the throne!
With Yvaine’s life in danger, she and Tristran find themselves embarking on an extraordinary adventure, full of danger and intrigue as they flee across Faerie. Encountering Little Hairy Men, witches, and lightning-hunting sky pirates along the way, Tristran is about to uncover the secret to his own identity and a fate beyond his wildest dreams at his journey’s end.

At 2 ½ hours duration, it’s a great adaptation, that keeps you hooked until the very end.  A great plot… the story really comes to life in this drama.  Brilliant narration from Eleanor Bron – if I didn’t keep up with a scene, the narrative brings me back where I should be!  Directed by Dirk Maggs and Heather Larmour – Dirk directed radio versions of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, ‘Batman’ and ‘Superman’ – so an excellent CV, and this just adds to it.

And, I’ve been listening to the CD in two different cars – hopping to and from work.  The CD’s have easy to access navigation points, with ten chapters on each disc so you can easily find the place that you’re ready to listen to.

I think I might have to read or listen to more Neil Gaiman – there’s plenty out there, and I like what I heard!  Check out Gaiman’s other novels – there’s ‘Neverwhere’, ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, ‘Fragile Things’ and ‘American Gods’ amongst others.  Chris

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Pay Per View – Eurosport This Week

Highlights this week include:
Cycling: LIVE Milan-San Remo
Cycling: LIVE Tour of Catalunya
Curling: LIVE Women’s World Championships
Football: LIVE Women’s Champions League ¼ Final
Triathlon: LIVE Super League

18 March: LIVE Cycling – Milan – San Remo
Eurosport will show LIVE coverage of Mark Cavendish’s attempt to win a second Milan – San Remo after victory in the 2009 edition of the one-day race.
Cavendish’s triumph in this classic eight years ago was the biggest of his career at the time and he later said, “When you win sprints you prove you’re a great sprinter…When you win a great one-day race, you’ve proved you’re a great rider.” He is joined on the start-list by world champion Peter Sagan and Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet.
Commentary will be provided by Rob Hatch and Matt Stephens.
Saturday 18 March
1315-1600 LIVE Milan – San Remo on Eurosport 2

20-26 March: LIVE Tour of Catalunya

Chris Froome headlines this week’s Volta a Catalunya with LIVE coverage of every stage on Eurosport 1.

The three-time Tour de France champion will be joined by two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador, Alejando Valverde and Andre Greipel. Last year the race was won by 2016 Vuelta a Espana champion Nairo Quintana.

Commentary will come from Carlton Kirby and Magnus Backstedt.

Monday 20 March
1430-1630 LIVE stage one on Eurosport 1
Tuesday 21 March
1430-1630 LIVE stage two on Eurosport 1

Wednesday 22 March
1430-1630 LIVE stage three on Eurosport 1

Thursday 23 March
1430-1630 LIVE stage four on Eurosport 1
Friday 24 March
1430-1630 LIVE stage five on Eurosport 1

20-26 March: LIVE Curling – Women’s World Championships
Scotland will compete at this week’s Curling World Championships in Beijing with the same team of players that reached the final of the 2014 Winter Olympics with Great Britain.
Eve Muirhead’s team will take on the likes of Canada, who beat them in the final in Sochi, as well as defending champions Switzerland.
The commentators will be David Smith and Richard Vaughan.
Monday 20 March
1100-1400 LIVE round robin on Eurosport 1
Tuesday 21 March
1100-1400 LIVE round robin on Eurosport 1

Wednesday 22 March
1100-1400 LIVE round robin on Eurosport 1

Thursday 23 March
1100-1400 LIVE Russia vs China on Eurosport 1
Friday 24 March
1130-1400 LIVE playoff on Eurosport 2

17-19 March: LIVE Super League Triathlon

This week, Eurosport will broadcast LIVE coverage from the opening round of the inaugural Triathlon Super League on Hamilton Island, Australia.

The invitation-only field for the event will include double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee and double Olympic medallist Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain, 5-time ITU World Champion Javier Gomez and 2016 WTS World Champion Mario Mola of Spain, non-drafting star Cameron Dye of the U.S., and additional ITU stars from South Africa, New Zealand, Norway, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Switzerland, Netherlands and Slovakia.

Saturday 18 March
0630-0830 LIVE day two on Eurosport 1

Sunday 19 March
0630-0830 LIVE day three on Eurosport 1

23 March: LIVE Football – Women’s Champions League ¼ final

In a rematch of last season’s final defending champions Lyon take on Wolfsburg in the first leg of their quarter-final.

The winner of this tie could face Manchester City in the semi-finals if the English side can beat Danish side Fortuna Hjørring in their quarter-final.

Chelsea ladies manager Emma Hayes and Wayne Boyce are the commentators.
Thursday 23 March
1900-2115 LIVE on Eurosport 1

Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 are available on BT TV, Sky, Virgin Media and Virgin Media Ireland:
Eurosport 1                                                                              Eurosport 2
BT TV 513 | 521 (HD)                                                                       BT TV 514 | 522 (HD)
Sky 410 (HD)                                                                                     Sky 411 (HD)
Virgin Media 521 | 522 (HD)                                                       Virgin Media 525 | 526 (HD)
Virgin Media Ireland 423 | 424 (HD)                                                  Virgin Media Ireland 425 | 426 (HD)

Eurosport channels also available online and on mobile via Eurosport Player: http://www.eurosportplayer.com

Pay Per View – Racing UK This Week

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Saturday March 18

00:00

Racing Replay
Angus McNae and Nick Lightfoot analyse yesterday’s action from Cheltenham..

12:00

Freeview Mark Your Card
The Racing UK team take a look ahead at the day’s racing action..

13:00

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

17:30

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

Sunday March 19

01:00

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

04:00

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

10:00

Racing Breakfast Live
A look back at the Cheltenham Festival with Rishi Persad, Tony Calvin, David Cleary and Dave Yates..

12:00

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

13:30

Live Racing
Today’s live racing action from St Cloud and Carlisle..

17:30

Racing Replay
A round up of yesterday’s racing action from Carlisle..

Monday March 20

01:00

Racing Replay
A round up of yesterday’s racing action from Carlisle..

13:30

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

17:30

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

Tuesday March 21

01:00

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

13:30

Live Racing
Today’s live action racing from Wetherby and Exeter..

17:30

Racing Replay
A round up of today’s racing action from Wetherby and Exeter..

Wednesday March 22

01:00

Racing Replay
A round up of yesterday’s racing action from Wetherby and Exeter..

13:30

Live Racing
Today’s live racing action from Haydock and Warwick..

17:30

Live Evening Racing
This evening’s live racing action from Kempton..

19:30

Racing Replay
A round up of today’s racing action from Haydock, Warwick and Kempton..

Thursday March 23

01:30

Racing Replay
A round up of yesterday’s racing action from Haydock, Warwick and Kempton..

13:00

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

18:00

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

Friday March 24

00:00

Racing Replay
A round up of yesterday’s racing action from Ludlow..

13:00

Live Racing
Today’s live racing action from Newbury and Musselburgh..

17:30

Racing Replay
A round up of today’s racing action from Newbury and Musselburgh..