The winners of Sports Shorts - the Radio Five Live and
BBC writersroom drama writing competition - are announced today.
Entrants were asked to write a script for a short drama
of up to 10 minutes based on their best sporting moment, whether real
or imaginary, comical or poignant.
The winners are:
Rupert Potter from Cambridge with Heading It Like Mooney (football).
Mike Wolstencroft from Rochdale with Spooky or What (football).
Steve Ransom from Felixstowe with It's Much More Important Than That
Stevie White from Carlisle with Hammered (athletics).
Daniel Gritten from Somerset with Hollywood Hero (baseball).
These five stories will be broadcast in Sport On Five
every evening from Bank Holiday Monday (31 May).
The winners not only get the opportunity to hear their
plays broadcast on national radio, but one lucky winner will also get
a trip to Euro 2004.
The other four have won tickets to a UK sport event
of their choice.
Such was the quality of the 1,100 entries, the panel
of judges, including the actor James Nesbitt and Casualty's
Kwame Kwei-Armah, felt that they couldn't just choose
five, so another five highly commended stories have been commissioned
to be broadcast at Christmas.
These stories will be:
Andrew Viner from London with Goal Difference (football).
Clive Mitchell from Devon with Home Advantage (subbuteo).
Ishtiaq Din from Middlesbrough with John Barnes Saved My Life (football).
Paul Wilson from Leeds with It's A Wonderful Sporting Life (tennis).
John Shepherd from Brighton with Radio, Radio (football).
Moz Dee, Commissioning Editor Five Live, said: "Sport
is a dramatic experience, and our listeners have demonstrated that it
can permeate every area of life.
"Five Live sports fans have risen to the challenge
creating one of the most successful writing initiatives the BBC has
"Working with the writersroom has been a pleasure.
Look out for more new writing initiatives on Five Live."
Kate Rowland, the Creative Director, New Writing for
the BBC, said: "There has been an unprecedented response to this
competition. There have been more entries that we have ever seen before,
and they are of such high quality.
"It has been a really pleasant surprise!"
Notes to Editors
This is the first fiction ever
to be commissioned by Five Live.
Sport On Five is on BBC Radio Five Live between 7.00
and 10.00pm every day on AM, on digital and online.