A Question Of Sport comes to BBC Radio 5 Live to entertain lockdown Britain

A Question Of Sport, TVs longest running sports quiz, is coming to BBC Radio 5 Live starting this Saturday at 2pm.

Published: 2 April 2020
Since the Coronavirus lockdown put a halt to live sport I have been bowled over by the creativity shown by our tremendous broadcasters and producers determined to keep sports fans entertained.
— Heidi Dawson

New episodes of the iconic show will be broadcast live on 5 Live and BBC Sounds with team captains Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson, who will each be joined by one guest.

On Saturday it will be 5 Live sports presenter Mark Chapman in the quizmaster's chair. He will be trying to flummox the teams and also keep order, a role that Sue Barker continues to perform with distinction on the TV version.

The series will be launching with four episodes initially.

The show is one of British TV’s most loved formats, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in January. Quizzes have become very popular during the current crisis as people self isolating look for ways to entertain themselves and share time with friends and family online.

Favourite Question Of Sport rounds, such as The One Minute Round, and the dreaded Home or Away will keep fans entertained, while the iconic Mystery Guest game will feature instead as an audio challenge.

This Saturday, Phil is joined by Dion Dublin and Karen Carney will be on Matt’s team. The programme will be made with all participants in their homes to observe social distancing guidelines.

Heidi Dawson, 5 Live Controller, says: "Since the Coronavirus lockdown put a halt to live sport I have been bowled over by the creativity shown by our tremendous broadcasters and producers determined to keep sports fans entertained. A Question Of Sport is the ultimate sports quiz and it will be so much fun attempting to recreate it on the radio."

Executive Producer of the TV version, Gareth Edwards, says: "It's great for the show to broaden its horizons to BBC Radio 5 Live and Sounds. The TV series will continue to air weekly as we managed to record a number of episodes before the lockdown was in place. This radio version will simply add to the Question Of Sport fans’ chance to test themselves on their sporting knowledge."

Team captain, Matt Dawson, says: “I'm looking forward very much to going up against Tuffers on BBC Radio 5 Live from Saturday. Obviously it will be a bit different to what we are used to on the TV but I hope we can spread the QS joy even further with this show. I'm still not sure how they are going to do the Picture Board though?!"

Phil Tufnell adds: “Can’t wait to get QS on the radio waves, and it’s always good fun to work with my old mate Chappers. Looking forward to audiences all being able to get a double helping of the show; Friday night on TV with Sue in charge and Saturday afternoon on the radio! Tune in and let’s all have some much needed fun!”

Mark Chapman says: "Having watched the show for years, and been lucky enough to make guest appearances, I'm really looking forward to presenting the radio version of the show. With Tuffers and Matt both captaining their teams from home, anything could happen, but I'm sure I'll have a whole new level of respect for Sue and her ability to keep them in check.”

A Question Of Sport will be on BBC Radio 5 Live at 2pm on Sat 4 April, and will also be available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

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