Hosted by Friend of Broadhalfpenny Down, and current Marylebone Cricket Club President, Stephen Fry, the Legends of the Ashes podcast features contributions from a host of legendary names in Ashes history.
Across the ten episodes the Global Original Podcast will delve deep into the stories that make the England versus Australia Ashes rivalry what it is, hearing from cricketing royalty in the shape of Lord Botham, Sir Andrew Strauss, Michael Vaughan, Glenn McGrath, Justin Langer and modern-day heroes such as Stuart Broad and Steve Smith.
Stephen Fry said: “we hear from many of the stars who have illuminated the Ashes series over the decades - the dramas they have been involved in and the legends they have created. How sweat, blood and tears have been shed, jubilation and despair felt, and lives radically altered in the constant quest for its reclamation.”
Simon Hughes, who wrote the script, said: “This is the first definitive audio series dramatising the special matches, moments and characters of the greatest sporting rivalry there is, with new and revealing insights from the players at the heart of these brilliant battles. It is a rivalry that transcends sport and creates true heroes and villains.”
The show’s guests discuss moments that will live forever in Ashes history including ‘Botham’s Ashes’, the ‘Ball of the Century’ delivered in 1993 by the late, great Australian legend Shane Warne, and the ‘Bodyline’ series - one of the most volatile contests in sporting history.
The megastars of the rivalry, such as Don Bradman, Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff and Shane Warne, come under the microscope as does ‘The Greatest Series’ in 2005 and the ‘Summer of Stokes’ the last series held on English soil, plus many more iconic moments brought to life through archive, music and candid interviews with the greats of the sport.
All 10 episodes of Legends of The Ashes will be available on Global Player, and all major podcast platforms, from June 15th.
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Legends of The Ashes episode list:
Episode 1 - The Greatest Series Ever Played (2005)
Episode 2 - Megastars
Episode 3 - Bodyline (1932/33)
Episode 4 - Bodyline II (1974/75)
Episode 5 - Botham’s Ashes (1981)
Episode 6 - The Ball of the Century (1993)
Episode 7 - Australian Bullies (2001)
Episode 8 - English Conquerors (2010/11)
Episode 9 - The Perfect Pairs
Episode 10 - Summer of Stokes (2019)