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More BBC Fighting Talk

This time the radio show - as Radio 5Live sets up camp for Grand National

Published on March 16th 2011.

More BBC Fighting Talk

THE biggest ever live broadcast of the hugely popular radio sports show, Fighting Talk, will take place in Liverpool next month.

BBC Radio 5 Live is landing here for the best part of a week in the run up to the John Smith’s Grand National on 9 April, basing itself in Hanover Street with most of its events at the newly named Epstein Theatre – formerly the Neptune.

The station will bring live shows in front of audiences including Fighting Talk in front of 2,000 at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre. Listeners can also meet and question the BBC’s racing commentators.

Programmes will feature key broadcasts from Colin Murray, Richard Bacon, and Tony Livesey offering listeners the chance to see the station in action at close hand. To obtain free tickets to the shows in Liverpool during the Grand National period visit bbc.co.uk/5live.

Kicking off the week on Wednesday 6 April between 8.00-9.15pm Eleanor Oldroyd hosts a question and answer event at the Epstein Theatre with top names from BBC TV and Radio's Grand National teams. Clare Balding, former Grand National winning jockey, Mick Fitzgerald, BBC Radio's racing correspondent, Cornelius Lysaght and BBC Radio 5 live's racing commentator John Hunt comprise the panel who will give a glimpse behind the scenes at the BBC’s racing set up, share some anecdotes from their years in racing, and of course give some top tips on the big race itself.

On Thursday 7 April (2-4pm) Richard Bacon’s show will come live from Aintree where he will be meeting racegoers and capturing the atmosphere of this event. The show will include commentary of the afternoon’s big live races. Richard presents his usual mix of news sport and entertainment with a special Grand National themed show with key guests.

On Thursday evening between 10.30pm – 1am Tony Livesey broadcasts live from the Epstein Theatre, setting the scene for the big race and featuring special guests in front of a live audience. There will be a debate on the impact of public spending cuts in Liverpool plus live music and comedy.

Colin Murray will host “Kicking off” in 5 live sport on Friday night (7pm-9.15pm). The show will include the 2010 Grand National winner Tony McCoy.

At 8.30pm a live sports based comedy "At the end of the day" made by Savvy Productions, and commissioned through the BBC’s North's Radio 5 live Creative Kicker Fund Development Fund will be performed live. The show will also feature the football preview with regulars including former Everton favourite Pat Nevin and Perry Groves.

On Saturday 9 April, the points for punditry show Fighting Talk comes from the Empire Theatre (11am-midday) in front of a record audience of 2,000 people, the broadcast will be simulcast on BBC Radio Merseyside. Colin Murray chairs this record breaking broadcast as Everton fan Mike Parry makes his FT debut alongside Bob Mills and Steve Bunce.

Radio 5 live Controller Adrian Van Klaveren said: "The Grand National is a massive showpiece event that really excites the country. We’ll be at the heart of the action throughout this great festival with large parts of Radio 5 live in Liverpool to share the experience”.

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