Sport and Society

Sport and Society
In a year of World Cups and Commonwealth Games, sport is in the glare of the spotlight but not always for the right reasons. Sport’s love affair with money adversely affects the integrity of professional competitions and the demands of maintaining a balance between professional pressure and personal survival are driving some athletes to despair. In this series of events, authors and sports people talk about some of the issues. We’ve got joyful stories too: inspirational tales of individual success, challenges overcome and amazing journeys from the record makers and mould breakers.
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Archie Macpherson

Has the Tartan Army Given up the Fight?

Tuesday 14 August 19:15 - 20:15

William Fotheringham

Cycling into Film

Wednesday 15 August 20:45 - 21:45

Ask cyclists to name the toughest road race on earth, and most will answer Paris-Roubaix. Nicknamed the Hell of the North, its 29 cobbled sections make it uniquely challenging, a fact tragically confirmed by the death of 23 year old Michael Goolaerts at...

Louise Minchin

From BBC Presenter to Triathlete

Thursday 16 August 11:45 - 12:45

It started out as a fun BBC Breakfast cycling stunt in 2012 and culminated in presenter and journalist Louise Minchin wearing the colours of Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championship in 2015. Dare to Tri, her new book, is the story of how a...

Daniel Gray on Fever Pitch

Reading Workshop

Sunday 19 August 13:00 - 14:30

Fever Pitch is Nick Hornby’s tribute to a lifelong obsession: football. Part autobiography, part comedy, his award-winning memoir captures the agony and ecstasy of being an obsessed sports fan. Join writer and social historian Daniel Gray for...

Ed Warner

Bursting the Moneyball

Sunday 19 August 20:45 - 21:45

Money makes the sporting world turn, and as spectators we’re complicit in a game of riches with winners and losers. Ed Warner, chair of UK Athletics for a decade and expert on corruption in sport, has written the eye-opening Sport Inc., shining a...

Stephen Fay & David Kynaston

The Soul of Cricket and a Nation

Tuesday 21 August 10:00 - 11:00

If nothing defines the image of England more than the BBC and cricket then Stephen Fay and David Kynaston’s story of the iconic BBC sports broadcasters John Arlott and E W Swanton reflects the reality of a fracturing national identity in post-war...

Henry McLeish

A Renaissance of Scottish Football

Wednesday 22 August 10:00 - 11:00

While Alex McLeish has taken charge of the national football team, Henry McLeish is looking beyond short term results on the field to propose changes which will benefit the game well into the 21st century. The former First Minister has been working on a...
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Mark Beaumont

Cycling Around the World in 80 Days

Monday 27 August 14:15 - 15:15