Top TV show hits Harrogate

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TOP sporting names have been revealed for the forthcoming live tour of BBC’s highly popular A Question of Sport which hits Harrogate in two months’ time.

Joining presenters Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell will be former England tennis number one, Tim Henman, former Welsh international and award winning radio presenter Robbie Savage, two-time Commonwealth champion Colin Jackson, Olympic hurdle gold medallist Sally Gunnell, former world snooker champion Dennis Taylor, the most successful World Superbike racer of all time Carl Fogarty, retired English footballer Dion Dublin, tennis professional and broadcaster Andrew Castle and Olympic silver medallist and TV commentator Sharron Davies.

For the Harrogate show, which takes place at the HIC on October 28, the guests will include ex-England footballer Dion Dublin, and swimmer Adrian Moorhouse, who won the 100m breaststroke gold medal at the Seoul Olympics - with more names to be announced.

The idea to take the live-show on the road was developed to meet fans’ demand to get up close and personal with the show.

The specially staged live show, licensed by BBC Worldwide and produced by Live Nation and Merlin Music & Live, allows fans to see their favourite rounds in a thrilling and exciting live environment from the Picture Board to Mystery Guest to What Happened Next.

Although largely sticking to the small-screen format, which has entertaining millions of viewers every week for more than 40 years, the tour is more than just a live version of the show.

There will be live and interactive rounds where team captains and panellists can engage with the audience.

On the last tour sporting legends including Ian Botham, Tim Henman, Peter Shilton, Robbie Savage, Jamie Redknapp, Darren Gough, Dennis Taylor, Tom Daley, Amy Williams and Colin Jackson became rock stars for the night switching sports-grounds for arenas and performing to thousands of enthusiastic fans.

Translating the TV show into a theatre setting has also allowed the team to add some exciting new twists and surprises to the show. Audience members become part of the action, directly posing questions to the teams and getting involved in some of the rounds. There is also a referee to keep the lively teams in order.

Presenter Sue Barker has the toughest job of keeping order for each show, in particular resident team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell!

Sue Barker said: “I don’t think any of us ever envisaged how much fun a live tour could be. Seeing the reaction of thousands of people to Matt and Phil’s antics every night was just amazing. I have my hands full trying to control Matt and Phil, that never changes but in a live setting it is much more exciting.”

The starting gun was fired for A Question of Sport in 1970, in a show which featured two bona fide British legends - boxer Henry Cooper and footballing icon George Best.

The first host was David Vine, the veteran sports presenter who hosted everything from Match of the Day to Grandstand. David Coleman took over from Vine in the late 70s, and remained in the chair until 1997 when the honours went to Sue Barker.

For tickets, visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk or telephone the box office on 01423 502116.