13 episodes

The inside story of the most triumphant tours in sporting history.

Season 2 returns this December, following the England cricket team on their astonishing 1986/87 series. A tour hugely significant for both nations – after this, England wouldn’t win the Ashes again for 18 years. The embarrassing defeat sent Allan Border’s Australia to rock bottom and yet, somehow, they recovered to become a cricket superpower. This is the story of that incredible journey, told by players from both teams plus host Mark Pougatch, who was a backpacking 18-year-old in Australia at the time. His diary brings to life an incredible story of unknown call-ups, unlikely heroes, and a result that shocked the sporting world.

In series 1, presenter Alastair Eykyn took us back to the legendary British and Irish Lions rugby tour in South Africa, 1997. With few giving them a chance, a disparate group of characters bonded into a band of brothers that upset the reigning world champions.

This is Inside The Tour – giving you the inside story, told by those who were there.

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    • 4.7 • 30 Ratings

The inside story of the most triumphant tours in sporting history.

Season 2 returns this December, following the England cricket team on their astonishing 1986/87 series. A tour hugely significant for both nations – after this, England wouldn’t win the Ashes again for 18 years. The embarrassing defeat sent Allan Border’s Australia to rock bottom and yet, somehow, they recovered to become a cricket superpower. This is the story of that incredible journey, told by players from both teams plus host Mark Pougatch, who was a backpacking 18-year-old in Australia at the time. His diary brings to life an incredible story of unknown call-ups, unlikely heroes, and a result that shocked the sporting world.

In series 1, presenter Alastair Eykyn took us back to the legendary British and Irish Lions rugby tour in South Africa, 1997. With few giving them a chance, a disparate group of characters bonded into a band of brothers that upset the reigning world champions.

This is Inside The Tour – giving you the inside story, told by those who were there.

    Episode 0: Inside The Tour Season 2

    Episode 0: Inside The Tour Season 2

    After telling the remarkable story of the British and Irish Lions on their famous tour to South Africa in 1997, “Inside The Tour” returns for a second series, charting cricket’s astonishing Ashes series between Australia and England in 1986/87.

    It was hugely significant for both nations; after this, England wouldn’t win the Ashes again for 18 years. The embarrassing defeat sent Allan Border’s Australia to rock bottom and yet, somehow, they recovered to become a cricket superpower.

    This is the story of that incredible journey, told by players from both teams plus host Mark Pougatch, in Australia at the time as a backpacking 18-year old. His diary brings to life a crazy, chaotic story of unknown call-ups, unlikely heroes, megastar supporters and a result which shocked the sporting world.

    • 1 min
    Episode 11: A Live Bonus

    Episode 11: A Live Bonus

    Description: A special ‘Inside the Tour' online event, in partnership with the MyName5Doddie Foundation.

    In this bonus podcast episode we tie the threads from those epic days of 1997 with the current 2021 British and Irish Lions Tour, in the company of an unparalleled panel of rugby royalty.

    Ahead of the pivotal Second Test in Cape Town, we bring together four legendary Lions to reflect on that famous tour 24 years ago and run the rule over Warren Gatland’s current crop attempting to topple the Springboks in South Africa."

    Guest list:

    Doddie Weir OBE: Former Scotland and British Lions lock forward, and founder of the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, raising awareness and funds to find a cure for MND.

    Sam Warburton: Two-time British Lions captain, unbeaten in both those series (in Australia 2013 and NZ 2017)

    Gregor Townsend: Former Scotland & British Lions fly half, and current Attack Coach for the 2021 Lions Tour. Also the starting fly-half for the 1997 Lions tour of SA.

    John Bentley: Former British Lions wing, and an instrumental part of the successful series v SA in 1997.

    Doddie’s charity: www.myname5doddie.co.uk


    Credits:

    Presented and researched by Alastair Eykyn.
    Written by Jonathan Overend.
    Produced by Danny Garlick and Mark Sharman.
    Additional voices by Kenny Blyth.
    Original music and sound design by Lee Sparey.
    Executive Producer: Liam Thompson.
    Executive Editor for NinetyFour19: Jonathan Overend.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 10: The 'My Name Is Doddie' Special

    Episode 10: The 'My Name Is Doddie' Special

    Description: The series closes with a special tribute to one of the most popular figures on that tour; Scotland and Lions lock forward Doddie Weir. Details: After being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, Doddie has devoted his life to helping others; raising millions of pounds for research into the incurable condition and support for sufferers, while staying unfailingly positive and upbeat. He inspires everyone he encounters. This is our thanks to you, Doddie Weir. Featuring Doddie Weir and John Bentley.Credits:Presented and researched by Alastair Eykyn.Written by Jonathan Overend.Produced by Danny Garlick and Mark Sharman.Additional voices by Kenny Blyth.Original music and sound design by Lee Sparey.Executive Producer: Liam Thompson.Executive Editor for NinetyFour19: Jonathan Overend.A NinetyFour19 Podcast for Auddy

    • 34 min
    Episode 9: The Second Test

    Episode 9: The Second Test

    Description: The Great Gibbs Collision and Celebratory Duvets. Details: A week later, in Durban, after Greenwood's near-death experience in midweek, the Lions know Springbok retaliation is on the cards. Three tries to zero; this was a home banker. Wasn't it? It came down to the final minutes... Featuring Jeremy Guscott, Scott Gibbs and Neil Jenkins.Credits:Presented and researched by Alastair Eykyn.Written by Jonathan Overend.Produced by Danny Garlick and Mark Sharman.Additional voices by Kenny Blyth.Original music and sound design by Lee Sparey.Executive Producer: Liam Thompson.Executive Editor for NinetyFour19: Jonathan Overend.A NinetyFour19 Podcast for Auddy

    • 34 min
    Episode 8: The First Test

    Episode 8: The First Test

    Description: "Get Up! You bald, fat f**k!" Details: Finally, the Lions arrive in Cape Town for the 1st Test Match. They devise a devastating strategy; to take on the mighty Springboks upfront. The mechanics of the scrum are dissected as the Lions seek the lead in the series... Featuring Scott Gibbs, Matt Dawson and Keith Wood.Credits:Presented and researched by Alastair Eykyn.Written by Jonathan Overend.Produced by Danny Garlick and Mark Sharman.Additional voices by Kenny Blyth.Original music and sound design by Lee Sparey.Executive Producer: Liam Thompson.Executive Editor for NinetyFour19: Jonathan Overend.A NinetyFour19 Podcast for Auddy

    • 32 min
    Episode 7: The Film

    Episode 7: The Film

    Description: Dressing Room Drama and the Mystery Camera. Details: As well as the result, the 1997 tour is remembered for the remarkable documentary film "Living with Lions". Its pioneering 'fly-on-the-wall' concept was funded by a fan who cashed in his pension. The cameras are everywhere... Featuring John Bentley, Duncan Humphries and Fred Rees.Credits:Presented and researched by Alastair Eykyn.Written by Jonathan Overend.Produced by Danny Garlick and Mark Sharman.Additional voices by Kenny Blyth.Original music and sound design by Lee Sparey.Executive Producer: Liam Thompson.Executive Editor for NinetyFour19: Jonathan Overend.A NinetyFour19 Podcast for Auddy

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

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They’re back!

Season 1 was such a fantastic series, I didn’t think they’d be able to top it! But what a great lineup, great tour, and great cast they’ve got for series 2! Bring on the ashes 86!

orchardcatering ,

97 lions

Anything about the 97 lions is worth a listen or look , this pod cast like the vhs video takes you there and brings back what for me was the best lions tour.

mlws71 ,

Bite less than it’s bark

Enjoyable podcast relating the story of a memorable series. Felt the most interesting episodes were the ones with the camera crew and the last one about Doddy Weir - some genuine emotions on show there.

Ultimately though there’s an over-reliance on the same characters for a 10 part series. No South African perspective that I can recall. Not as much insight or story-telling as I’d expected. Yes we know it’s the best tour ever - now tell us why rather than you just became mates, had a few beers, hard graft, ‘Everest’... heard this before.

Definitely over-produced - could have used less of the lion roars and the distortion. Felt a bit too rugger-bugger and corporate at times, like a pre-match meal in a tent outside Twickenham (yes I realise there’s a need to pay for the production).

Still, hope the class of ‘21 can repeat the trick.

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