An Evening with TV & Radio Sporting Legends

Event Date: Friday 12th April 2024
Ticket Price: £22.50
Event Location: Densham Suite - Taunton School

An evening with 3 legends of TV & Radio Sports Commentary

Three national broadcasters with over 150 years’ experience between them have joined forces to share their highs and lows from their illustrious careers. Jim Rosenthal, John Inverdale and Pat Murphy first worked together for 50 years on BBC Radio Birmingham and, throughout their stellar careers, have remained firm friends, swapping tales over many a long lunch!

They have attended some of the world’s most prestigious sporting events – from Ashes battles, Olympics, Rugby and Football World Cups, countless Motor Grand Prix, and memorable boxing nights.

The anecdotes from Jim, John and Pat aren’t already known from podcasts or autobiographies. They were there when sporting history was made and their tales are specific to them, freshly minted, not recycled tales that are now familiar to many audiences. An event not to be missed!

Evening starts at 7.30pm. Price includes entry and a serving of Fish & Chips at the interval. Full bar available.

John Inverdale

John Inverdale began his broadcasting career in local radio in Lincolnshire, presenting the breakfast show on one occasion alongside two cattle in the studio who had won a national farming award.They did what cows do, and the studio duly stank for the next fortnight.

Thereafter it was downhill all the way, through eight Olympic Games, sundry World Cups and 39 Wimbledon championships. His great passion of National Hunt racing almost saw him own a Champion Hurdle winner but it’s a long miserable story he may tell this evening. He’s currently on the board at Cheltenham Racecourse and at the RFU.

Pat Murphy

Pat is the longest-serving contributor to BBC Radio’s Sports Report on Saturday afternoons, having clocked up more than forty years on that historic programme, the longest-running radio sports show in the world.

He was written over forty sports books, including acclaimed biographies of Ian Botham and Brian Clough. He has also collaborated on books with the likes of Imran Khan, Viv Richards, Andrew Flintoff, Alec Stewart, Bob Willis, and Graham Gooch. His latest book is the Official History of Sports Report.

Pat specialises in reporting on cricket and football – covering the Midlands clubs – and he has been on 18 England tours around the world over a twenty-year period. He was there when England retained the Ashes in Melbourne 1986 and regained them at the Oval in 2005. He also accompanied Ian Botham on many of his charity walks.

Jim Rosenthal

Jim worked on 153 Grand Prix for ITV Sport, presenting its coverage for over a decade. He even played football with Michael Schumacher on the eve of one race!

He worked on 8 football World Cups for ITV. He was on the touchline, standing near to England’s manager Bobby Robson, when Diego Maradona committed his ‘Hand of God’ goal in the 1986 World Cup.

He presented 3 Rugby World Cups, including England’s historic victory in the Final against Australia in Sydney in 2003.

For more than a decade, he was ITV’s presenter of their boxing coverage during a Golden Age of British boxing, featuring the likes of Chris Eubank, Nigel Benn, and Amir Khan – when TV audiences for the live fights soared past 10 million.

When covering one of Muhammad Ali’s world title fights for BBC Radio, he was actually invited to the great man’s home for dinner! For the past 5 years, Jim has commentated on Cruft’s Dog Show – ‘so you could say my career has really gone to the dogs!’

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