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They Think It’s All Over

David Gower echoes the reaction of a large number of listeners...SIMILARLY point-yet-to-be-grasped companion piece to the original radio incarnation of Fantasy Football League, coming across as a relatively polite mildly raised-eyebrow-enhanced version of A Question Of Sport with Des Lynam in the presenter’s chair and a brace of Rorys, McGrath and Bremner, as team captains. Subsequent TV adaptation could be said to have got it ‘right’, depending on which way you look at it.



  1. Droogie

    April 13, 2021 at 8:41 am

    It’s almost as if there was a bizarre curse on this TV show and the subsequent careers of some of the original cast. After getting dropped as presenter, Nick Hancock quit showbiz to become a mortgage broker before attempting an unsuccessful comeback. Rory McGrath got a suspended sentence for harrassing and blackmailing a married woman. And Lee Hurst has become a right-wing conspiracy theorist, recently getting in trouble on Twitter for making creepy sexual comments about Greta Thunberg.

  2. Richardpd

    April 13, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    I think I’ve heard Nick Hancock voicing over some adverts recently.

  3. Glenn Aylett

    April 13, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Similar thing happened with David Baddiel on Fantasy Football League, big in the nineties and fairly obscure these days, although the royalties from Three Lions must be a nice little earner every time England are in the World Cup. I think a lot of these football loving celebs were faking their love of the sport to fit in during the laddish mid nineties era and seemed to go quiet after the nineties.

  4. Richardpd

    April 13, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    When not writing books David Baddiel does turn up on TV every now & again, but not as much as Frank Skinner.

    His previous partner Rob Newman dropped out of mainstream comedy to become more political & write books as well.

    Tony Slattery seems to be victim of the 1990s comedian curse, with it claiming Sean Hughes a couple of years ago.

    It seems after new laddism went out of popularity comedians either had to go more mainstream to stay in the public eye, or else find a niche area to work in.

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