Global launches new Legends of the Ashes podcast series

A brand new ten-part original podcast series, Legends of The Ashes is being launched by Global.

Lifelong cricket fan and current Marylebone Cricket Club President, Stephen Fry is the host and it’s written by Simon Hughes. Simon is known in cricket as The Analyst for his unique work in explaining the game.

The series features contributions from a range of legendary names in Ashes history, hearing from the likes of Lord Botham, Sir Andrew Strauss, Michael Vaughan, Glenn McGrath, Justin Langer and modern-day heroes such as Stuart Broad and Steve Smith.

Across ten episodes of the Global Original Podcast, they delve into the stories that make the England versus Australia Ashes rivalry what it is.

Guests discuss moments that will live forever in Ashes history including ‘Botham’s Ashes’, the ‘Ball of the Century’ delivered in 1993 by the late, Australian legend Shane Warne, and the ‘Bodyline’ series of 1932/33 – one of the most volatile contests in sporting history.

Host, Stephen Fry said: “Across 10 episodes, we will hear from many of the stars who have illuminated the Ashes series over the decades – the dramas they have been involved in and the legends they have created.

“How sweat, blood and tears have been shed, jubilation and despair felt, and lives radically altered in the constant quest for its reclamation.”

Simon Hughes who hosts the episodes with the Ashes legends, added: “This is the first definitive audio series dramatizing the special matches, moments and characters of the greatest sporting rivalry there is, with new and revealing insights from the players at the heart of these brilliant battles. It is a rivalry that transcends sport and creates true heroes and villains.”

Vicky Etchells, Head of News and Factual Podcasts at Global said: “We are thrilled to launch this new Global Original Podcast about the longest-lasting international sporting contest in the world, just as England and Australia are about to renew their iconic sporting rivalry.

“We’ve had a brilliant team of storytellers producing Legends of The Ashes which features the biggest names in Ashes history talking about the greatest moments, compered by the incomparable Stephen Fry. It’s a must-listen for all cricket fans.”   

All ten episodes of Legends of The Ashes will be available on Global Player, and all major podcast platforms, from 15 June.

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