BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan “Aggers” Agnew is to join triumphant Ashes captain Michael Vaughan and maverick spinner Phil Tufnell for a chat at York Barbican on May 7 2022.
The trio will be embarking on a 20-date BBC Radio 5 Live Test Match Special: The Live Tour itinerary next year, “taking you inside the famous BBC commentary box and sharing memories from their remarkable playing careers”.
Among the topics will be: What was it like facing Australian spinning ace Shane Warne in his Pommie-bashing pomp? Which member of the TMS team never buys dinner? What really happened on the infamous night of celebration after the 2005 Ashes victory at The Oval?
Test Match Special has been the home of cricket commentary on BBC radio since 1957, with Agnew, Vaughan and Tufnell to the fore in the wake of John Arlott, Brian “Johnners” Johnson and Sir Geoffrey Boycott.
The TMS three will tell stories of life on the road as players, and now as commentators, from Barbados to Birmingham and Christchurch to Kolkata, on a tour promising never-before-seen footage of iconic commentary moments and revelations of how the commentary team kept their emotions in check on air at the 2019 World Cup Final between England and New Zealand at Lord’s. Find out, too, “what life is really like watching England from the finest seat in the house”.
BBC cricket producer Adam Mountford says: “Test Match Special is so fortunate to have a unique and special relationship with its audience, and this is a wonderful opportunity for three of our stars to hit the road and meet some of those who make the programme what it is: the listeners.
“I’m looking forward to catching some of the shows, too, and share in a celebration of cricket, radio commentary and perhaps a little cake!”
For tickets, go to: yorkbarbican.co.uk.