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Jonathan Agnew

Cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew is interviewed by Kirsty Young.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew.

Known simply as "Aggers" to the army of fans devoted to Test Match Special, his charm, knowledge and ready wit have gained him a place in the heart of anyone who loves the game.

His own infatuation began as a young boy at boarding school and along with his talent and determination it took him all the way to the top of the sport. He played for Leicestershire and England. His transition from the crease to the commentary box was cemented by one of the most memorable moments in broadcasting history - the notorious "legover" comment that prompted the legendary Brian Johnston to dissolve into helpless, prolonged giggles live on air.

He says "The great thing about our job is that you have no pre-conceived idea about what is going to happen - you have no script - the cricket is the script".

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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45 minutes

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Fri 22 Feb 2013 09:00

Music Played

  • Hubert Parry

    Jerusalem

    Performer: Sean Ruane

    • Ashes Music EP.
    • SLR Productions Ltd.
  • ABBA

    Dancing Queen

    • Music of The Millennium.
    • EMI.
  • Supertramp

    My Kind of Lady

    • Famous Last Words.
    • A&M.
  • Elvis Costello

    Oliver’s Army

    Performer: Elvis Costello

    • DEMON RECORDS.
  • Brian Johnston & Jonathan Agnew

    Test Match Special 09/08/1991

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Rod Stewart

      Have I Told You Lately

      • If We Fall In Love Tonight..
      • Warner Bros..
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique'

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim

    • Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 14 & 23.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 419 602-2.
  • George Michael & Elton John

    Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

    • Rocket Man.
    • ROCKET.
  • Book Choice

    • City of Joy - Dominique Lapierre

  • Luxury Choice

    • Lawnmower with an endless supply of fuel

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Jonathan Agnew

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