Extra chances to be in the crowd for Question of Sport UK tour

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BBC’s A Question of Sport – the world’s longest running TV sports quiz – is hitting the road in 2021 for its biggest ever live tour.

Starring long-time host Sue Barker and popular team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell – along with a host of big-name guests from across the sporting world to be announced – A Question of Sport Live is the perfect way for fans to see the hit show up close in a thrilling live environment.

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Six new dates – including a must-see show at Leeds Arena on November 28 next year – as well as other dates in Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Southampton and London have been added to the legendary show’s first live tour in a decade.

And such has been the demand for the tour, extra tickets are being released for previously sold-out dates rescheduled from 2020.

The tour starts in Manchester on September 8 next year and will initially run through September, visiting places like Sheffield, Nottingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Brighton, Hull and London.

After a month’s break, it is back for the extra shows in November, starting at London’s Eventim Apollo on November 21, 2021.

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This will be A Question of Sport’s first tour since 2011 and these unmissable live shows will be a fun-packed and joyous lap of honour for Sue, Matt and Phil who step down from the TV show later next year.

A Question of Sport Live follows the popular TV format featuring many of the rounds and challenges fans of the hit show know and love.

It is also truly interactive as audience members will be able to get involved in some rounds, including the traditional ‘sprint finish’ finale.

Sue Barker said: “I cannot believe 2021 marks 24 years since I first joined A Question of Sport and I cannot think of a better way to bring the curtain down on my time on the show than with a live tour.

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“The live shows are always hilarious, the interaction with the guests and the audience so special, we cannot wait for this.”

Matt Dawson added: “It’s been 10 years since our last tour so it goes without saying that we’re all really looking forward to going out on the road again.

“This year was A Question of Sport’s 50th anniversary and we were gutted the live tour had to be postponed but we are determined to make up for it in 2021.”

And Phil Tufnell said: “We’ve all had so much fun down the years.

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“The show has been a huge part of all our lives and the live tours always stick in the mind as a real highlight.

“This tour is going to be very special for everyone involved and the perfect way for Matt, Sue and me to pass the baton on to the new Question of Sport team.”

Joining Sue, Matt and Phil will be a number of special guest star panellists who will be revealed very soon.A Question of Sport first burst onto the nation’s TV screens in January 1970.

More than 1,000 episodes have since been broadcast and more than 2,000 of the biggest names in British and international sport have appeared as panelists.

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The first ever show, broadcast on January 5, 1970, featured two British sporting legends – boxer Henry Cooper and footballing icon George Best.

The first host was David Vine, the veteran sports presenter who hosted everything from Match of the Day to Grandstand.

David Coleman took over in the late 1970s, and remained in the chair until 1997 when the honours went to Sue Barker.

England Rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson replaced Frankie Dettori as team captain in 2004 and former England international cricketer Phil Tufnell became a team captain in 2008, becoming the programme’s 14th regular team captain since 1970.

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The duo followed in the footsteps of sporting legends Cliff Morgan, Henry Cooper, Fred Trueman, Brendan Foster, Gareth Edwards, Willie Carson, Emlyn Hughes, Bill Beaumont, Ian Botham, John Parrott and Ally McCoist.

The full tour dates, including the six new shows are as follows:

September 8: Manchester – Bridgewater HallSeptember 11: Nottingham – Royal Concert HallSeptember 12: Brighton – Brighton CentreSeptember 15: Plymouth – PavilionsSeptember 17: Hull – Bonus ArenaSeptember 18: Cardiff – Cardiff ArenaSeptember 19: Sheffield – Sheffield City HallSeptember 23: Glasgow – SEC ArmadilloSeptember 24: Edinburgh – Usher HallSeptember 27: London – PalladiumNovember 21: London – Eventim Apollo.November 24: Newcastle – City HallNovember 28: Leeds – Leeds ArenaNovember 29: Liverpool – M&S Bank ArenaNovember 30: Southampton – Mayflower TheatreDecember 5: Birmingham – Symphony Hall

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday November 20 here.