It’s hard to believe that A QUESTION OF SPORT first hit our screens way back in January 1970. It is officially the “world’s longest running TV sports quiz”. But actually you can trace its roots even further back. There was a pilot episode broadcast in December 1968 but only in the north of England. It was a long wait before the first series was made and it became the national institution it is now.
Incidentally, that first ever show some 50 years ago, had the most incredible line up. The first edition was broadcast on 5th January 1970. The presenter David Vine was joined by captains Henry Cooper and Cliff Morgan. The teams were composed of George Best, Lillian Board, Tom Finney, and Ray Illingworth.
And the facts speak for themselves. More than 1,000 episodes have been broadcast and more than 2,000 of the biggest names in UK and international sport have appeared as panellists.
The show celebrated its fiftieth anniversary this year, a pretty strange one for any TV show. Its current line up of Sue Barker with team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell, are due to leave the series next year, but not before they have one massive final farewell.
Join host Sue Barker and team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell – together with a host of big-name guests – as they head out on the road with an all-new live show. Featuring many of the rounds and challenges you know and love, A Question of Sport Live is the perfect way for fans to see the hit show up close in a thrilling live environment.
This will be different from the last tour 9 years ago, it will be a truly interactive experience as audience members will be able to participate by directly posing questions to the teams and getting involved in some rounds before the traditional ‘Sprint Finish’ climax.
As you can imagine, Sue, Matt and Phil are all excited about getting back on the road together with a host of special guest star panellists.
Sue Barker told us…….
“2020 is a landmark year for A Question of Sport. It’s the show’s 50th anniversary and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this Golden Anniversary than to take the show around the country. We had such a brilliant time on the last tour so I can’t wait to do it again!”
Phil Tufnell added…….
“The live shows are something really special. It’s a thrill to be able to take A Question of Sport from people’s living rooms into arenas and theatres across the UK. The interaction with the crowd is brilliant and it’s always a really exciting, hilarious and fun night out.”
And Matt Dawson said……….
“I was a fan of A Question of Sport long before I joined the show so it’s an honour for me to be part of these 50th anniversary celebrations. I’m really looking forward to going out on the road again – it’s been too long! The live shows are different each night and everyone involved, whether they are on stage or in audience, has an absolute ball. We all love it and can’t wait to get started!”
To show you the mass appeal of the show the producers managed to get Princess Anne to appear in an episode, much to the embarrassment of Emlyn Hughes (watch the clip below to see why). She is, of course a fantastic sportswoman in her own right but became the first member of the Royal Family to ever appear on a TV quiz show.
A QUESTION OF SPORT LIVE gets to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday 18th September. For more information, and to get tickets, go here. SPORT
There will also be a variety of A Question Of Sport Live vip meet and greet tickets, we’ll let you know when they become available.