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Steve Boulton

What are the football presenters & pundits really like? (3)

Since I started working for Football Focus and Match of the Day, the question I’ve probably been asked most is: "What are the presenters and pundits really like?" I thought you might enjoy hearing about a few of my more peculiar experiences and observations with our talent team, as well as sharing two revealing bits of footage of them that I stumbled across on YouTube.

Let’s start with Gary Lineker. I’m never sure whether the person who’s asking wants me to confirm Gary’s the same lovely bloke that appears in public, or instead fancies an outrageous tale of heavy drinking, chicken jalfrezi and stealing a traffic cone. Because of responsibilities to my employer, I normally plump for telling them the latter. For legal reasons I must stress this incident hasn’t happened … Gary doesn’t eat jalfrezi.

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Lance Hardy

A new look for Score (33)

lance_hardy_55x55.gifA new season, and a new-look Score relaunches on BBCi tomorrow at 2.30pm.

We’re introducing a new graphics look from a new presentation studio which has meant a lot of work over the summer for me, producer Emma Josling, head of presentation Simon Buglione and new graphics company Delta Tre.

Both Emma and myself were in Berlin for the World Cup producing Football Focus and several of the Match of the Day highlights programmes so it's fair to say it's been a busy summer.

You'll see a few changes when you access the programme via the red button.

Firstly, the studio now fills the whole screen - looking much more like a traditional football show.

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