Cricketers [Desert Island Discs Revisited]

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Dickie Bird1996040720200920 (BBC7)
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Cricket umpire Dickie Bird shares his castaway choices with Sue Lawley.

Selected gems from the BBC's Desert Island Discs archive

Selected gems from the BBC's Desert Island Discs archive

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From the Rolling Stones to Beethoven, cricket's all-rounder shares his castaway choices.

Selected gems from the BBC's Desert Island Discs archive

Selected gems from the BBC's Desert Island Discs archive

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In an extended edition of Desert Island Discs, Kirsty Young's castaway is the cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew.

Known simply as "Aggers" to the army of fans devoted to Test Match Special, his charm, knowledge and ready wit have gained him a place in the heart of anyone who loves the game.

His own infatuation began as a young boy at boarding school and along with his talent and determination it took him all the way to the top of the sport. He played for Leicestershire and England. His transition from the crease to the commentary box was cemented by one of the most memorable moments in broadcasting history - the notorious "legover" comment that prompted the legendary Brian Johnson to dissolve into helpless, prolonged giggles live on air.

He says "The great thing about our job is that you have no pre-conceived idea about what is going to happen - you have no script - the cricket is the script".

Producer: Cathy Drysdale

Cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

Selected gems from the BBC's Desert Island Discs archive

Selected gems from the BBC's Desert Island Discs archive

From ABBA to Rod Stewart.

In an extended edition, cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew shares his castaway choices with Kirsty Young.

Known simply as "Aggers" to the army of fans devoted to BBC Radio's Test Match Special, his charm, knowledge and ready wit have gained him a place in the heart of anyone who loves the game.

His own infatuation began as a young boy at boarding school and along with his talent and determination it took him all the way to the top of the sport. He played for Leicestershire and England. His transition from the crease to the commentary box was cemented by one of the most memorable moments in broadcasting history - the notorious "legover" comment that prompted the legendary Brian Johnson to dissolve into helpless, prolonged giggles live on air.

He says "The great thing about our job is that you have no pre-conceived idea about what is going to happen - you have no script - the cricket is the script".

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2013.

Jonathan Agnew, cricket commentator, is interview by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs

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Legendary cricketer Fred Truman shares his castaway choices with Roy Plomley.

Selected gems from the BBC's Desert Island Discs archive

From Bizet to Shirley Bassey.

Legendary England and Yorkshire fast bowler Fred Trueman shares his castaway choices with Roy Plomley.

Born in Stainton, Fred made his Yorkshire debut in 1949 and clocked up over 2,000 first-class wickets when he retired in 1969. He made an instant impact on his Test debut aged 21 in 1952 against India at Headingley. He was the first man to claim 300 wickets in Test cricket and finished with 307 from only 67 matches.

Trueman was famed for his partnership for England with Lancashire's Brian Statham and was Yorkshire's spearhead during their dominance in the 1960s.

A quick-witted and natural raconteur, he also worked as an expert analyst on the BBC's Test Match Special for 26 years until 2000.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1978.

Legendary cricketer Fred Trueman shares his castaway choices with Roy Plomley.

Selected gems from the BBC's Desert Island Discs archive

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Kirsty's castaway this week is the former England cricketer Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff.

One of the best players of his generation, he was part of the England team that won the Ashes in 2005, a year that marked his sporting coming of age. On the strength of that historic victory he was awarded an MBE for services to the game, and the public voted him BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Barely out of his pram when he picked up a cricket ball he turned out to bat for an under-14 match when he was just six years old. His debut was not in crisp cricket whites, but in a second hand Manchester United tracksuit, setting the tone for someone who's made a habit of doing things his way. Not least at a 10 Downing Street reception when, somewhat the worse for wear, he weaved into the cabinet room, plonked himself down in the PM's chair and knocked back yet another bottle of beer.

Since retiring from the game he's had a go at heavyweight boxing and won the bout. One area where he hasn't come out on top: his sons never listen to his cricket coaching tips.

DISC ONE: Elvis Presley - I Just Can't Help Believin'
DISC TWO: Judy Garland - Over the Rainbow
DISC THREE: Elton John - Rocket Man
DISC FOUR: Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire
DISC FIVE: Jack Johnson - Better Together
DISC SIX: Frank Sinatra - Fly Me to the Moon
DISC SEVEN: Oasis - Roll With It
DISC EIGHT: The Eagles - New Kid in Town

Producer: Sarah Taylor

Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

Selected gems from the BBC's Desert Island Discs archive

From Judy Garland to The Eagles.

Former England cricketer Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff shares his castaway choices with Kirsty Young.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2015.