Touchline Tales

Old friends Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew head for some famous sporting venues - to enjoy, observe, reminisce and trade tales about some of the greatest pleasures in their lives.

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0101An Uproar Of Butterflies2010070220160319 (BBC7)
20160320 (BBC7)

Starting in London, Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew visit sporting venues to reminisce.

Old friends Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew head for some famous sporting venues - to enjoy, observe, reminisce and trade tales about some of the greatest pleasures in their lives. They start in south London at a Pro-Am competition at the Royal Blackheath Golf Club, claimed by some to be the oldest in the world.

As a commentator and friend of sporting stars, Des has a fund of stories to tell, and insights to reveal, about the men and women in professional sport - their lives, their characters, their training regimes, their triumphs and their disasters. But Christopher more than matches him with his own experiences as a lifelong spectator at the highest levels of sport (and, like Des, an occasional participant at the lowest), as well as with his observations on sporting events he finds himself attending for the first time.

Indeed, amusing, informative and entertaining talk between old friends is what these programmes are all about.

Recorded entirely on location, their extended discourses have been edited down to a seamless half hour - with each programme capturing the atmosphere, the passion, the frustration, the humour and, at times, the sheer quaintness, of entertainments regularly enjoyed by millions of people up and down the land.

Programme first broadcast in 2010

Producer: Paul Kobrak.

They lay some bets at a mid-week meet at Goodwood Races and take in the opening day at this year's International Tennis Championship at Eastbourne and, in the opening programme of the series, attend a Pro-Am competition at the Royal Blackheath Golf Club, claimed by some to be the oldest in the world.

As a commentator and friend of sporting stars, Des has a fund of stories to tell, and insights to reveal, about the men and women in professional sport - their lives, their characters, their training regimes, their triumphs and their disasters.

But Christopher more than matches him with his own experiences as a lifelong spectator at the highest levels of sport (and, like Des, an occasional participant at the lowest), as well as with his observations on sporting events he finds himself attending for the first time.

Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew visit sporting venues to reminisce and trade tales.

0102A Thunder Of Hooves, A Babble Of Bookies2010070920160326 (BBC7)
20160327 (BBC7)

Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew head to Goodwood to reminisce and trade tales.

Old friends Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew head for some famous sporting venues - to enjoy, observe, reminisce and trade tales about some of the greatest pleasures in their lives. Today, they lay some bets at a mid-week meet at Goodwood Races, bump into Bob Champion and see if they can discern a potential winner by just looking at it.

As a commentator and friend of sporting stars, Des has, as ever, a fund of stories to tell, and insights to reveal. But Christopher gamely tries to match him stride by stride with his own experiences as a lifelong spectator at the highest levels of sport (and, like Des, an occasional participant at the lowest). And who comes out on top is revealed when they tot up their winnings at the end of the day.

Producer: Paul Kobrak.

Today, they lay some bets at a mid-week meet at Goodwood Races, bump into Bob Champion and see if they can discern a potential winner by just looking at it.

As a commentator and friend of sporting stars, Des has, as ever, a fund of stories to tell, and insights to reveal.

But Christopher gamely tries to match him stride by stride with his own experiences as a lifelong spectator at the highest levels of sport (and, like Des, an occasional participant at the lowest).

And who comes out on top is revealed when they tot up their winnings at the end of the day.

Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew lay some bets at a midweek meet at Goodwood races.

0103New Balls Please20100716 (BBC7)
20160402 (BBC7)
20160403 (BBC7)

Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew head to Eastbourne on their tour of sporting venues.

Old friends Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew head for some famous sporting venues - to enjoy, observe, reminisce and trade tales about some of the greatest pleasures in their lives. Today they drop in at the opening weekend of this year's International Championship at Eastbourne and dodge autograph hunters as they recall their own successes and failures and the exploits of others on the tennis court

As a commentator and friend of sporting stars, Des is never short of a story to tell, or an insight to reveal, about the men and women in professional sport - their lives, their characters, their training regimes, their triumphs and their disasters. And Christopher continues to knock the ball back with his own experiences as a lifelong spectator at the highest levels of sport (and an occasional participant at the lowest).

And at the end of it all, Des reveals the career path he might have followed had sport not led him astray.

Producer: Paul Kobrak.

0103 LASTNew Balls Please2010071620120503

Today they drop in at the opening weekend of this year's International Championship at Eastbourne and dodge autograph hunters as they recall their own successes and failures and the exploits of others on the tennis court

As a commentator and friend of sporting stars, Des is never short of a story to tell, or an insight to reveal, about the men and women in professional sport - their lives, their characters, their training regimes, their triumphs and their disasters. And Christopher continues to knock the ball back with his own experiences as a lifelong spectator at the highest levels of sport (and an occasional participant at the lowest).

And at the end of it all, Des reveals the career path he might have followed had sport not led him astray.

Producer: Paul Kobrak.

As a commentator and friend of sporting stars, Des is never short of a story to tell, or an insight to reveal, about the men and women in professional sport - their lives, their characters, their training regimes, their triumphs and their disasters.

And Christopher continues to knock the ball back with his own experiences as a lifelong spectator at the highest levels of sport (and an occasional participant at the lowest).

Old friends Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew trade their favourite tales of tennis.

0202Hop, Step And Jump2011081920120504

(02/03)

Old friends Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew head for some famous sporting venues - to enjoy, observe, reminisce and trade tales about some of the greatest pleasures in their lives. Today, they wander between the equine competitors at the Open Show of the West Sussex Riding Club, begin to consider which sports they would like to see at the Olympics, and try not to put their feet into ordure - both literally and figuratively.

As a commentator and friend of sporting stars, Des has, as ever, a fund of stories to tell, and insights to reveal. But Christopher gamely tries to match him stride by stride with his own experiences as a lifelong spectator at the highest levels of sport (and, like Des, an occasional participant at the lowest).

This programme was fist broadcast in 2011.

Producer: Paul Kobrak.

Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew visit the West Sussex Riding Club.

Old friends Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew head for some famous sporting venues - to enjoy, observe, reminisce and trade tales about some of the greatest pleasures in their lives.

Today, they wander between the equine competitors at the Open Show of the West Sussex Riding Club, begin to consider which sports they would like to see at the Olympics, and try not to put their feet into ordure - both literally and figuratively.

As a commentator and friend of sporting stars, Des has, as ever, a fund of stories to tell, and insights to reveal.

But Christopher gamely tries to match him stride by stride with his own experiences as a lifelong spectator at the highest levels of sport (and, like Des, an occasional participant at the lowest).

0203 LASTMore Fruitcake?20110826

Old friends Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew head for some famous sporting venues - to enjoy, observe, reminisce and trade tales about some of the greatest pleasures in their lives.

Today they bring the current series to a close with a tranquil visit to the Oval for the third day of of a mid-week game of county cricket.

As a commentator and friend of sporting stars, Des is never short of a story to tell, or an insight to reveal, about the men and women in professional sport - their lives, their characters, their training regimes, their triumphs and their disasters.

And Christopher continues to play a straight bat with his own experiences as a lifelong spectator at the highest levels of sport (and an occasional participant at the lowest).

Producer: Paul Kobrak.

Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew go to see county cricket at the Oval.

030120121130

Old friends Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew return with a third series of the programme in which they head to sporting venues, in order to enjoy, observe, reminisce and trade tales about some of the greatest pleasures in their lives. This time round, they muse and mutter during a training session at a boxing gym and they reminisce and recount their own experiences of Real Tennis during the British Open. But they begin the series amongst the youthful of a school rugby match at Rugby School.

As a commentator and friend of sporting stars, Des has a fund of stories to tell, and insights to reveal, about the men and women in professional sport - their lives, their characters, their training regimes, their triumphs and their disasters. But Christopher more than matches him with his own experiences as a lifelong spectator at the highest levels of sport (and, like Des, an occasional participant at the lowest), as well as with his observations on sporting events he finds himself attending for the first time.

Indeed, amusing, informative and entertaining talk between old friends is what these programmes are all about.

Recorded entirely on location, their extended discourses have been edited down to a seamless half hour - with each programme capturing the atmosphere, the passion, the frustration, the humour and, at times, the sheer quaintness, of entertainments regularly enjoyed by millions of people up and down the land.

Producer: Paul Kobrak.

030220121207

Old friends Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew venture out to different sporting venues - to enjoy, observe, reminisce and trade tales about some of the greatest pleasures in their lives. Today, they float like butterflies between those training at the All Stars Boxing Gym (on West London's Harrow Road) and they sting like bees with their affectionate verbal jabs, trying to outdo each other with their knockout boxing anecdotes.

As a commentator and friend of sporting stars, Des has, as ever, a fund of stories to tell, and insights to reveal. But Christopher gamely tries to match him stride by stride with his own experiences as a lifelong spectator at the highest levels of sport (and, like Des, an occasional participant at the lowest).

Producer: Paul Kobrak.

0303 LAST20121214

Old friends Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew venture out to different sporting venues - to enjoy, observe, reminisce and trade tales about some of the greatest pleasures in their lives. Today, they're at the Queen's Club in south-west London for the qualifying rounds for this year's Real Tennis British Open. They're there to try and make sense of both the sport and the rules and also to consider other sporting endeavours they can cover in future series... including one involving headless goats.

As a commentator and friend of sporting stars, Des has, as ever, a fund of stories to tell, and insights to reveal. But Christopher gamely tries to match him stride by stride with his own experiences as a lifelong spectator at the highest levels of sport (and, like Des, an occasional participant at the lowest).

Producer: Paul Kobrak.