A Question Of Sport

Years ago, a pal of mine went to watch A Question Of Sport.

He said, I though rather glibly, “all the funniest bits are edited out.”

I thought that was a damning aside about the show, but it seems there could be some truth in it.

That’s because A Question of Sport: Uncensored is going to air on BBC One, on Saturday night, which basically means that, all the quips that met the editing suite floor will be aired.

This probably won’t mean we’re suddenly faced with cutting edge satire or hard-hitting, close to the knuckle gags about priests… but as it will be shown at 10.20pm, we could see a bit of swearing and risque jokes about bums.

The Guardian state that the jump between the two versions of A Question of Sport akin to the difference of film certificates U to 15.

Zoinks!

We’ve already seen the likes of this before, notably with TFI Friday way back when, and more recently, Have I Got News For You? and Graham Norton’s chat-show.

It’s likely that this naughty version of the show will be a like They Think It’s All Over, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

The BBC today announces it will be launching a simulcast of BBC One in high definition (HD) this Autumn.

 

BBC One HD, which will simulcast a network version of the BBC One schedule for the first time, will see some of the BBC’s most loved programmes including EastEnders, Holby City, The One Show, The Apprentice, The Weakest Link and QI move to HD by the end of the year. They will be broadcast alongside Autumn schedule highlights including Strictly Come Dancing, Human Planet and Waterloo Road.

Plans are also underway for HD moves for Songs Of Praise and Casualty, as well as Match Of The Day, A Question Of Sport, and Blue Peter.

BBC One in HD will be made available to all digital television platforms offering HD channels – Freesat, Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media.

It will be in addition to the existing BBC HD channel, which will showcase the best of the rest of the BBC in HD. It is also announced today that the BBC HD Channel itself will extend its regular broadcast hours over the coming months from around nine hours a day to 12.

The BBC is charged with “delivering to the public the benefit of emerging communications technologies and services” under its Royal Charter. With today’s announcement, the BBC continues its transition to deliver all its programmes in HD, with BBC One leading the way.

Jana Bennett, Director BBC Vision, says: “BBC HD has established itself as the most popular HD service, and these changes are important next steps in improving that service still further, providing an opportunity to showcase the wide variety of BBC programmes in the highest possible quality. We recognise that audiences have already been enjoying many of their favourite programmes in HD, and I’m delighted that we can now broaden their choice.”

Danielle Nagler, Head of BBC HD, says: “HD is the future of television: people who have HD have clearly told us that they want more of their licence fee-funded content in HD. I’m delighted that the HD simulcast of BBC One will become available on satellite, on cable, and now also on Freeview’s new HD service. This is a key moment for us on the journey to HD becoming the norm for all our programmes and channels.

“Audiences have already been enjoying many BBC One programmes in HD on our existing HD channel and the arrival of BBC One simulcast in HD will make it easier for them to find the programmes they love in high definition. BBC HD – the most popular HD channel in the UK – will continue to show programmes from across all BBC channels.”

Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC One, says: “HD is the gold standard for broadcasting, and it’s right that we bring all the excitement of HD to BBC One – the most watched channel in the UK.

“BBC One HD will bring families together for shared viewing of their favourite programmes from EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing to The One Show, in incredible and vivid detail.”

The Autumn launch is the first stage in delivering BBC One in HD. The majority of programmes in the BBC One network evening schedule will be available in HD at launch, and by 2012 it is expected that the vast majority of all BBC One titles across all hours will be in HD.

The BBC’s existing HD Channel will continue to remain home to the best of the BBC’s programmes from across all its channels, including Top Gear, the Proms, Later… With Jools Holland, The Culture Show, Dragons’ Den, Being Human, Mad Men, sporting programmes including Wimbledon, as well as CBeebies favourites In The Night Garden and ZingZillas.

 

A Question Of Sport is to celebrate its 40th birthday in January 2010 making it the longest-running and most popular sports quiz in British TV history.

Presenter Sue Barker and team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell are in the party mood as they mark this landmark occasion with a special episode on Friday 8 January at 8.30pm on BBC One.

Some of the biggest names in British and international sport have appeared on the programme since its early days, and joining the show in its milestone anniversary are sporting superstars Michael Johnson, Laura Davies, Pat Cash and David Coulthard.

All the regular rounds feature – including Picture Board, Sports Action, What Happened Next?, Home Or Away, Mystery Guest and The One Minute Round – plus a celebratory blend of archive and nostalgia capturing some of the great moments from the programme from the last 40 years.

Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell are faced with their former selves when their first appearances on the show as contestants are revealed – dodgy hair cuts and all – and try to answer their original home questions.

A Question Of Sport is just past its 890th episode and in its 39th series.

The current series has an average of 3.6 million viewers.

Sue Barker says: “It’s a pleasure and a privilege to work on such a fantastic programme and to be part of this remarkable occasion.”

Caroline Roberts-Cherry, executive producer, says: “Everyone currently working on the production of this most-loved show is thrilled to be part of such a landmark anniversary.”

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