Following phenomenal ticket sales and rapturous reviews, BBC One’s A Question of Sport is to hit the road again for a second UK tour – and will be in Blackpool on Saturday, October 29.
To meet unprecedented demand, the UK’s longest-running and most popular sports quiz will play 22 dates across the country, with tickets on sale from this Friday, priced from £37.50 (details from aquestion ofsporttour.co.uk. All tickets subject to booking fee).
After entertaining millions of viewers every week, A Question of Sport hit a record- breaking 932nd episode earlier this year, after more than 40 years on air. The idea to take the live show on the road was developed to meet its fans’ demand to get up close and personal with the show.
The specially staged live show allows fans to see their favourite rounds in a thrilling live environment, from the Picture Board to Mystery Guest, to What Happened Next.
Although largely sticking to the small-screen format, the tour is more than just a live version of the show.
More than 30 big name sports stars with regional connections will be added as panellists, and there will be live and interactive rounds where team captains and panellists can engage with the audience.
On the last tour, sporting legends including Ian Botham, Tim Henman, Peter Shilton, Robbie Savage, Dennis Taylor, Tom Daley, Amy Williams and Colin Jackson became rock stars for the night, switching sports grounds for arenas and performing to thousands of overjoyed fans.
Translating the TV show into a theatre setting has also allowed the team to add some new twists and surprises.
Audience members become part of the action, directly posing questions to the teams and getting involved in some of the rounds.
There is also a referee to keep the lively teams in order.
Presenter Sue Barker has the toughest job of keeping order for each show, in particular resident team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell.
On each date, Matt and Phil will both be joined by two stars from the world of sport. The two sporting panellists on Matt and Phil’s teams will change at each venue and will have a strong regional connection.
The sporting celebrities for Blackpool Opera House will be announced shortly.