Jubilee for Ski Sunday
Sunday returns to television screens on Sunday 15 December for its
show will be on the slopes in St Moritz to present the first programme
in this new ten programme series.
will guide viewers through the season taking in World Cup races
in Wengen, Schladming and Kitzbuehel to the World Championships
programme - which will be part of Sunday Grandstand on BBC TWO -
will have a different feel to it this year.
well as coverage of the skiing there will also be weekly diary with
Alain Baxter, freestyle sports and updates on competitors' progress
on the road to the World Championships in St Anton.
Alain Baxter exclusively tells Ski Sunday viewers each week what
he thinks in his diary.
this first programme he makes an emotional return to Salt Lake City
for his first race since being stripped of his Olympic slalom bronze
medal for unwittingly using a banned substance.
the series Ski Sunday will be following the extreme world of freestyle
skiing and snowboarding.
will be coverage of the prestigious Nokia Air and Style competition
and the Burton European Open.
it won't just be the professionals taking part in these extreme
Sunday has entered BBC commentator and former international skier
Graham Bell in a Skier X competition - a fusion of motorcross and
will be wearing a microphone and camera so that viewers can get
a real feel for this fast and furious sport.
its 25 years Ski Sunday has had a series presenters and reporters
including David Vine, Hazel Irvine, Graham Bell, Matt Chilton and
first programme was introduced by David Vine in 1978 from Wengen
series was inspired by the audience reaction to Franz Klammer's
dramatic downhill gold at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics
is the second oldest BBC Sport strand behind Grandstand.
first programme was the skiing equivalent of a washout with the
Wengen downhill cancelled due to high winds.
second programme produced a rare Downhill dead-heat with joint winners
Vine once introduced his producer as his chauffeur in an attempt
to secure two hotel rooms - the only problem is they were in Wengen,
where no cars are allowed in the resort!
Val d'Isere the public address was deafening in the commentary box
so David Vine reached up and pulled out the wire leading to the
loudspeaker. Unfortunately he manage to make every TV monitor, in
every commentary box, go black. Luckily a frantic re-connection
enabled the world's broadcasters to cover the race.
Vine was constantly asked if he had skied all the great courses.
His stock answer was that he would ski down Kitzbuehel when Harry
Carpenter fought Mike Tyson.
Vine was in the press centre at Lake Placid and greeted by a gentleman
who looked at his accreditation and said "Vine, BBC";
the gentleman then reached out to shake David's hand with the words
Sunday has covered seven Winter Olympic Games and 11 World Championships.
life of a skiing cameraman is fraught with danger - imagine trying
to balance a camera, focus it and ski all at the same time. The
biggest fall by a BBC cameraman was 200 feet down the Hannenkahm.
coldest temperature that the Ski Sunday team has had to work at
is minus 27 degrees in Norway whilst the warmest was 25 in Sierra
Nevada where the snow was so slushy the women racers refused to
Ski Sunday theme tune is called Pop Looks Bach and was voted the
fifth most popular television theme tune.
has only ever been one Ski Sunday programme shown on BBC ONE - 6
December 1981 when Klammer's comeback at Val d'Isere was shown that
Britain's Konrad Bartelski lead in Val Gardena in 1981 at the halfway
split time the Ski Sunday team assumed that the timing clock had
a fault! They were wrong and he finished an historic second.
highest ever audience for a programme was seven million for the
World Championships in Schladming in 1982.
Sunday has only once been on the cover of the Radio Times in 1982
- with that man Klammer.
Chilton once wrote to Jimll Fix It asking to ski the Hannenkahm
with Konrad Bartelski. Although he never got a reply he finally
achieved his ambition to ski with the Brit when they ended up working
worst Ski Sunday trip has to be to the World Championship in Sestriere
when the team had the camera and Julian Tutt's skis stolen, the
editor went home with pneumonia and to cap it all their car was
clamped on the final day.
New Year's Eve producer Paul Davies rushed some tapes to Munich
airport to send them back to the UK. On leaving the airport he took
a wrong turn taking a 400 mile detour and not getting back to the
resort until after three am by which time the team had all gone
rushes tapes from each show are sent back via courier to the UK.
Current series producer Gabrielle Cook was doing her first trip
in Val Gardena in 1999 when the tapes were delayed by a fire at
Heathrow and never made it in time - the show had to be presented
from the studio and a whole week's work wasted.
the Nagano Olympic Men's Slalom the area was hit by an earthquake
measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale - the German skier on the course
fell over and was allowed to repeat his run at the end. The BBC
team of Julian Tutt and Hazel Irvine carried on regardless.
Bell has been fined for speeding BUT only on the piste when he was
clocked doing 70 mph during an inspection run
finally... commentator Matt Chilton has a cat called Ski Sunday.