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Murray Walker: A Life in the Fast Lane

As Murray Walker celebrates his 95th birthday, this is an intimate portrait of a commentator who became a national treasure thanks to his enthusiasm, knowledge and dramatic voice.

As Murray Walker celebrates his 95th birthday, this is an intimate portrait of a sports commentator who became a national treasure thanks to his enthusiasm, knowledge and his excitable dramatic voice, which defined a golden era of Formula 1 motor racing. It is also an inspiring and heartwarming tale of a man who came to sports broadcasting late, but until recently was still working well into his nineties.

Murray relives his early days as a tank commander and as an advertising executive. He gives an insight into his life and extraordinary career in the fast lane involving some of the greatest ever moments in Formula 1 history. Tales of his charismatic personality and some of Murray's famous bloopers for which he is fondly known are included.

Universally loved by all, there are contributions from the great and good of the sport including Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Eddie Jordan, David Coulthard and Martin Brundle, plus broadcasters Steve Rider, Des Lynam, Suzi Perry, Jake Humphrey and Chris Evans.

59 minutes

Last on

Sat 13 Oct 2018 19:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:07

    John Smith

    England Rolls Away

  • 00:11

    John Smith

    She Is My Escape

  • 00:15

    John Smith

    Freezing Winds of Change

  • 00:20

    Artie Shaw

    Special Delivery Stomp

  • 00:28

    Artie Shaw and His Gramercy Five

    Summit Ridge Drive

  • 00:30

    Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, Ray Eberle

    Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) (1994 Remastered)

  • 00:32

    Glenn Miller

    In The Mood (feat. Jodie Prenger)

  • 00:36

    Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Glenn Miller

    Song of The Volga Boatmen (1994 Remastered)

  • 00:43

    John Smith

    Forever To The End

  • 00:48

    Michael Kiwanuka

    Worry Walks Beside Me

  • 00:49

    Hans Zimmer, Michael Hobe

    I Am The Batman

  • 00:51

    Hans Zimmer, Michael Hobe

    The Dark Knight

  • 00:55

    John Smith

    Great Lakes

  • 00:57

    Laura Marling

    Cross Your Fingers

Credits

Role Contributor
Executive Producer Carl Doran
Producer Jo McCusker

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