12 episodes

Tony Bellew is angry, and he can't take it out in the boxing ring anymore. So, he's going toe-to-toe with a guest to find out what makes them angry and how they deal with it.

Tony Bellew Is Angry BBC Radio 5 live

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Tony Bellew is angry, and he can't take it out in the boxing ring anymore. So, he's going toe-to-toe with a guest to find out what makes them angry and how they deal with it.

    Romesh Ranganathan

    Romesh Ranganathan

    Let’s be honest, Christmas can wind up the best of us.

    In this festive special Tony gets together with comedy legend Romesh Ranganathan to find out what tips him over the edge during the ‘season of joy’.

    An argument with his wife about decorations ends with Rom stomping off early to bed, the depravity of a secondary school staff Christmas party is revealed and Romesh’s dad’s attempt to do a halal Christmas dinner goes horribly wrong.

    Plus ridiculous present requests, Richard Pryor and an angriest moment involving a mortgage provider and his mum.

    Think of it as therapy. With laughs.

    Producer: Mike Holt and Chessie Bent
    Booker: Charlie Copsey
    Social Media: Lucy Oliva
    Executive Producer: Alice Lloyd
    An Orion Publishing Group production for BBC 5 Live and BBC Sounds.

    • 45 min
    True Geordie

    True Geordie

    Tony turns the tables on YouTuber and podcasting megastar True Geordie as they sit down to chat about life, anger and everything in between.

    True Geordie (real name Brian Davis) quickly admits he was an angry young man growing up in Newcastle where everyone’s dads were either in jail or had been to jail. We hear how working as an off-shore deep-sea diver turned him into a man (and what the sea floor covered in crabs looks like!), why depression and the death of a friend led him to upload his first YouTube video and why becoming a Youtuber is like becoming a boxer. Of course they talk about True Geordie’s beloved Newcastle United and we hear how Alan Shearer taught him to keep a part of his life for himself.

    A rare chance to hear True Geordie being grilled by someone else for once!

    Producer: Mike Holt
    Booker: Charlie Copsey
    Social Media: Lucy Oliva
    Executive Producer: Alice Lloyd

    An Orion Publishing Group production for BBC 5 Live and BBC Sounds.

    • 59 min
    Neil Danns

    Neil Danns

    Best mates since the age of 11, Tony and footballer Neil Danns shoot the breeze about being competitive with each other, the downfall of Bury FC and headlocks.

    Growing up near each other in the south of Liverpool and from similar backgrounds, Tony and Neil went to school together before Tony got expelled and Neil went off to football school. An inspiration to each other they were also wildly competitive.

    Neil tells the story of the time they wrestled for an hour in Tony’s bedroom over a Fifa game until Tony’s mum came in to find out what was going on. It came down to who had the best headlock. Tony remembers the time Neil beat him on a punching machine in Ayia Napa. And they both remember when they went to a gym in Liverpool for a ‘light training session’ and ended up doing 3 hours until they made themselves ill. Neither wanted to be the first to stop.

    They also talk racism, locker room punch-ups and why sports people are the most insecure people on the planet. Plus, Neil reveals why the anger he has never been able to get rid of was from his time at Bury FC. Full of highs and lows and the genuine warmth of two old pals catching up.

    Producer: Mike Holt
    Booker: Charlie Copsey
    Social Media: Lucy Oliva
    Executive Producer: Alice Lloyd

    An Orion Publishing Group production for BBC 5 Live and BBC Sounds.

    • 55 min
    Jamie Laing

    Jamie Laing

    Worlds apart but quickly finding common ground Tony Bellew and Jamie Laing might just be the best double-act you’ve never heard.

    Blowing Tony away from the start by revealing he’s yet ANOTHER huge Bellew fan, Jamie frequently turns the tables and becomes the interviewer. He delves deep into the boxer's psyche, as well as stumping Tony with a question he's never been asked before.

    What seems an unlikely duo becomes one of the most hilarious, heart-warming and revealing episodes yet.

    Tony challenges Jamie to test out his Scouse accent (no surprise, it’s awful), delves deep into his upbringing and they share stories of childhood betrayal.
    We hear why both think men turn to anger so quickly, how Jamie’s dream of playing rugby for England was shattered and the VERY unexpected reason behind his Strictly injury. With some Willy Wonka, Hugh Hefner and Russell Crowe quotes thrown in for good measure you have to trust us when we say this is one hell of a punchy episode.

    Producer: Mike Holt
    Booker: Charlie Copsey
    Social Media: Lucy Oliva
    Executive Producer: Alice Lloyd

    An Orion Publishing Group production for BBC 5 Live and BBC Sounds.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Claressa Shields

    Claressa Shields

    One of the greatest female fighters of all time, the US's Claressa Shields, laces up the gloves and gets Tony on the ropes.

    The only boxer in history, male or female, to hold all four major titles in boxing simultaneously, in two weight classes, as well as two Olympic gold medals, Claressa is a force to be reckoned with. In 2020 she switched from boxing to Mixed Martial Arts and promptly won her debut with a TKO. Growing up with her grandmother in Flint, Michigan, she admits to always being super competitive at everything she did. From bowling to playing pool, to guys challenging her to boxing matches. If someone told her she couldn't do something it only made her try harder. And, as Tony discovers, you have to be careful which company you put her in when talking about her fellow boxers!

    Producer: Mike Holt
    Booker: Charlie Copsey
    Social Media: Lucy Oliva
    Executive Producer: Alice Lloyd

    An Orion Publishing Group production for BBC 5 Live and BBC Sounds

    • 39 min
    Jamie Carragher

    Jamie Carragher

    Everton fan Tony swallows his pride to let Liverpool legend, pundit and good mate Jamie Carragher on the show.

    As they sit down to chat all things anger, Carra reveals some of his earliest frustrations as a kid came from being way better at football than the rest of the kids at school. He wanted to win so badly he would get sent off for speaking too harshly to the ref or his team mates. That drive and determination to win took him right through his long career at Liverpool FC. However, he admits that playing for the team where he grew up added untold pressures, his competitiveness was too much for his fellow players and it eventually led him to consult a sports psychologist.

    As well as offering incredible insight into his career, Jamie reveals some of the locker room punch-ups he witnessed over the years, tells Tony which manager wound him up the most and how he feels footballers have gone soft. He even tells all about what winds him up as a pundit.

    P.S. Don't mention Gary Neville!

    Producer: Mike Holt
    Booker: Charlie Copsey
    Social Media: Lucy Oliva
    Executive Producer: Alice Lloyd

    An Orion Publishing Group production for BBC 5 Live and BBC Sounds.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

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Wonderful topic to discuss. Nice mix of banter, laughs, and emotion.

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