Bunce's Tales Of The Extraordinary

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Nosher Powell And Gholamreza Takhti20171225

Steve Bunce tells Caroline Barker the stories of Nosher Powell and Gholamreza Takhti.

Steve Bunce tells Caroline Barker the most extraordinary stories from his long career in journalism. First up we hear about the life of stuntman, bodyguard and boxer Nosher Powell who exchanged letters with Steve. From appearances in James Bond films to the Two Ronnies, Nosher was a showbiz staple with TV with film credits in Ben-Hur, Are You Being Served and Henry V to go alongside his life in the ring.

Plus, get the full story of Iran's most famous and decorated sportsman, the Olympic Gold Medalist, Gholamreza Takhti. He was a hero to the nation and to the WWE legend, the Iron Sheik.

Discover the dark places Steve had to visit in order to research the Wrestling Hall of Famer, Takhti's battle with the Shah of Iran and the mystery surrounding his death.

Download more episodes from the podcast, bbc.co.uk/5live.

The Boxer And The Bear20171225

Steve Bunce tells extraordinary stories, starting with the boxer who battled a bear.

Writer and broadcaster Steve Bunce tells the most extraordinary stories from his long career in journalism. Introduced by Caroline Barker, Steve tells a series of fascinating stories from across a wide range of sports.

In this episode, the unbelievable story of Chuck Wepner, the real life Rocky who battled a bear... and Two Ton Tony Galento who wrestled a giant octopus!

From the extreme to the bizarre, Bunce's tales are anything but predictable. Download more episodes from the podcast, bbc.co.uk/5live.

The Open Golf Menace20171225

Steve Bunce with tales of a man who became the scourge of the golfing elite.

Writer and broadcaster Steve Bunce tells the most extraordinary stories from his long career in journalism. Introduced by Caroline Barker, Steve tells a series of fascinating stories from across a wide range of sports.

In this episode, Steve tells Caroline about a man with many pseudonyms who became the scourge of the golfing elite throughout the seventies, with a sidebar into the life of 'The Mouse' Strauss. Plus an American boxer who also used assumed names in order to tally around 400 professional fights, most of them defeats.

From the extreme to the bizarre, Bunce's tales are anything but predictable. Download more episodes from the podcast, bbc.co.uk/5live.

The Unridden And Crazy Matti20171225

Steve Bunce recounts an elite surfing rivalry and the greatest ski jumper of all time.

Steve Bunce tells Caroline Barker the story of what he believes was the greatest day of sport the world has ever seen. Steve takes us to Hawaii and the world of elite surfing and the rivalry of two legends of the waves, surf rivals Mark Foo and Ken Bradshaw, with explanations into the procurement of authentic Hawaiian shirts and coconut husk buttons.

Plus the story of the greatest ski jumper of all time, the record setting Fin Matti Nykanen, beloved by a nation willing to overlook his incarcerations and reputation for bar room brawls.