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Sport and the British

Episode 6: Playing Like Ladies

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for over a year

Clare discovers that the freedom Victorian public school girls found on the sports field was a precursor to the political and social freedoms they would gain much later. Show more

Sport and the British

Episode 9: The Dawn of Professional Football

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for over a year

Clare Balding tells the story of how football went from an amateur pastime to big business, and it all started in the Lancashire mill town of Preston. Show more

Sport and the British

Episode 17: Anyone But England

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for over a year

Clare Balding visits Hampden Park in Glasgow to explore the part football has played in shaping Scotland's national identity and its changing relationship with England. Show more

Sport and the British

Episode 19: Ireland, Politics on the Pitch

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for over a year

Clare Balding visits Croke Park in Dublin, to discover the story behind the formation of the Gaelic Athletic Association and its founder Michael Cusack. Show more

Sport and the British

Episode 1: The Rise of Olympism

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for over a year

Clare Balding visits Rugby School, which can claim to be the birth place of the modern Olympic games. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Lucy Lunt
Producer:
Sara Conkey
Producer:
Garth Brameld

Sport and the British

Episode 2: A Level Playing Field

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for over a year

Clare Balding charts how the British shaped sport and vice versa. Unlike the French, was it our socially bonding love of cricket that prevented a revolution? Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Lucy Lunt
Producer:
Sara Conkey
Producer:
Garth Brameld

Sport and the British

Episode 3: The Bare Fists of Boxing

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for over a year

Clare Balding explores the importance of boxing for the 19th-century alpha male. With no gloves or armour, pugilism was pure, painful and deeply patriotic. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Lucy Lunt
Producer:
Sara Conkey
Producer:
Garth Brameld

Sport and the British

Episode 4: The Unsporting Side of Sport

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for over a year

Sport and gambling are inextricably linked, especially when it comes to horse racing. Clare Balding continues her exploration sport in Britain. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Lucy Lunt
Producer:
Sara Conkey
Producer:
Garth Brameld

Sport and the British

Episode 5: The Making of Men

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for over a year

Clare Balding visits Rugby School to learn why the role sport played turned its pupils into men fit to run the empire. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Lucy Lunt
Producer:
Sara Conkey
Producer:
Garth Brameld