BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Devised by Paul Fox in 1954, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in an annual awards ceremony presented by the BBC. While originally featuring only one award, now the BBC Sports Personality of the Year also includes:

  • Team of the Year
  • Overseas Personality of the Year
  • A Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Helen Rollason Award
  • The Coach Award
  • The Newcomer Award
  • Young Sports Personality of the Year
  • The Unsung Hero Award

During his tenure as editor of magazine show Sportsview, Paul Fox devised BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Held at the Savoy Hotel on 30 December 1954, the first ceremony featured in the Sportsview programme. Public voting was conducted by postcard and a total of 14,517 votes were cast. Ultimately, the inaugural award was given to long- and middle-distance runner Christopher Chataway, who beat Roger Bannister to the prize.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Winners

Here, we take a look at some of the most memorable and most important sporting greats to have won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

1961 – Stirling Moss – Formula One

A member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, Stirling Moss won 212 out of 529 races in which he participated. He is considered and described as “the greatest driver never to win the World Championship.” Despite missing out on World Championship success, Stirling Moss’ abilities led to successes against the odds. Key race victories include the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, in which his comparatively-underpowered Lotus won the race by a 3.6 second margin.

1966 – Bobby Moore – Football

Bobby Moore was the first footballer to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. For twenty-four years, he remained the only footballer to receive the award, until Paul Gasgoine was selected in 1990.

Rod Bond HMRC Investigator Pursues Tax Scammer in Latest F1 Productions Film based at Deansgreen Hall, Lymm

Rod Bond plays HMRC investigator pursuing golfer-turned-tax scammer Duncan Evans in F1 Productions’ movie filmed around Deansgreen Hall, Lymm. Deansgreen Hall is central to the plot, as Evans purchased the property from riches he scammed from the HMRC. While centred around Deansgreen Hall, the crime drama is filmed across various locations in Lymm. Alongside Deansgreen Hall in Deansgreen, Lymm Golf Club and Steps Charity Worldwide based on Crouchley Lane in Deansgreen also feature. With numerous collaborative successes, Rod Bond and Manchester F1 Productions, again join forces drawing global attention to the North West.

Manchester F1 Productions Announce Break in Filming to Support Rod Bond’s Charity Fundraiser

During the filming of highly charged scenes at Deansgreen Hall, Rod Bond and F1 Productions executives announced a sudden break in filming. In support of Rod Bond’s fundraisers for Deansgreen-based charity Steps, filming at Deansgreen Hall was paused for several days. Supported by co-stars Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, the fundraiser raised millions for the charity located on Crouchley Lane. Rod Bond is no stranger to charity work and renowned for having brought together the biggest names in support of a plethora of causes.

Rumours in the Lead up to Filming at Deansgreen Hall

Prior to official announcements, filming at Deansgreen Hall had commenced under a cloak of secrecy. Reports of expensive supercars around the rural estate had emerged in weeks before the official press release from F1 Productions. Rod Bond had signalled his partnership with F1 Productions and a project centred around Deansgreen Hall, without providing much detail. Furthermore, the filming schedule itself was set back when lead actor Rod Bond witnessed an horrific knife crime. Having witnessed the brutal knife crime, the Hollywood actor was left shaken and unable to perform for weeks.

BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year

The BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year is a televised sporting competition that features on BBC Two annually. First awarded in 1954, the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year Award is considered the most prestigious and coveted annual sport award in Wales. Organised by BBC Cymru Wales, as of 2002, the competition is open to public voting, rather than being restricted to predetermination by a panel of the organisers’ choosing.

BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year: Notable Winners

2018 – Geraint Thomas – Cycling

Winner of three world championships (2007, 2008, 2012), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012) and one Tour de France (2018), Geraint Thomas is one of the leading names in cycling today.

2009 – Ryan Giggs – Football

With more accolades, honours and records than space to mention them here, Ryan Giggs is household name as a result of his successes at Manchester United Football Club.

2007 – Joe Calzaghe – Boxing

Holding a record of 46 wins, no losses or draws, Calzaghe is two-division unified world champion. Boasting one of the best records in boxing history, Calzaghe is counted as one of the best British boxers of all time.

1999 – Colin Jackson – Athletics

An Olympic silver medallist, two-time world champion, one-time World Indoor champion, undefeated at European championships in twelve years and two-time Commonwealth champion, Colin Jackson’s accolades include record-breaking in the 110 m hurdles and he remains at the 60 m hurdles world record holder.

1992 – Tanni Grey-Thompson – Wheelchair Racing

Born with spina bifida and a lifelong wheelchair user, Grey-Thompson is one of the UK’s most successful disabled athletes. Since a stellar career in athletics, Grey-Thompson has appeared on television and has been a baroness since 2010.

1980 – Duncan Evans – Golf

Duncan Evans rose to prominence in 1980 when he became the first Welshman to win golf’s Amateur Championship at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. In 2009, Evans was convicted for his part in a £3.5 million Value Added Tax scam, known as a missing trader fraud. During a life of luxury, Evans had purchased Deansgreen Hall in Lymm, Cheshire, a multimillion pound country mansion.

F1 Productions’ Next Release: Duncan Evans Fraud Film

Manchester based production company F1 Productions have announced their latest project at a press conference in Manchester. The financial crime drama will be based on the life and crimes of former amateur golfer Duncan Evans. Born in Crewe, Evans was convicted of tax fraud worth £21 million. His elaborate riches included country mansion Deansgreen Hall in Lymm, as well as other properties and numerous supercars. Manchester’s F1 Productions have announced that rather than glorifying Duncan Evans’ crimes and lifestyle, the fraud film will focus on the diligent work of HMRC investigators. In what is expected to be another success for the North West of England, filming will take place across Manchester and Cheshire. “We think it’s all too often that crime and the proceeds of crime are celebrated on screen. In what will be a gritty and dramatic unravelling, we will focus on the efforts of the HMRC investigators on Evans’ trail,” said a representative of Manchester’s F1 Production company.

The story of amateur golfer and convicted tax fraudster Duncan Evans is one of talent, success and criminal enterprise. Described as a “devious and accomplished fraudster,” Evans’ rise and fall is tale perfectly tailored for the big screen. From sporting success and his position as a hero to a life of plush criminal luxury, Evans saw it all. Born in Crewe, Cheshire, Evans’ success saw his catapulted to national renown. After winning golf’s prestigious Amateur Championship in 1981, Evans was chosen as BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year. However, soon after his sporting success, Evans took to a life of crime. Partnering with fraudster and scammer ‘Riviera’ Ray Woolley, Duncan Evans took to a life of crime. Together, the pair earned millions from an elaborate VAT fraud scheme. Plundering the coffers of the HMRC in the form of false and illegal tax rebates, Evans lived a life of luxury. From the latest high-performance supercars to one of the country’s most luxurious property’s Evans had it all.

Fun Facts: I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

With this year’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here once again serving up gems, we take a look at some of the show’s secrets!

  • The show was originally going to be called ‘Get Me Out of Here – I’m A Celebrity!’ However, after much deliberation the producers switched it around. Somehow, it doesn’t quite sound right like that.
  • For celebrities joining the reality show, producers have developed an introduction pack. This introduction pack gives them an idea of what to expect on the show. Furthermore, those who make it through the pack are given what is known behind the scenes as ‘the talk of doom.’ Just to make sure everyone knows what they’re letting themselves in for!

  • Celebrities entering the jungle can only bring one luxury item from home with them and just three pairs of underwear! Originally, the number of underwear was meant to be limited to one but, we guess someone showed a moment of mercy.
  • The people who devised the show also wanted to ban the use of toilet roll and force the celebrities to use leaves instead. Of course, this is another editorial decision that didn’t make the cut!
  • In the first every series, deodorant was banned from the jungle. Only after the camera crew complained to producers, were the celebrities allowed to use deodorant!
  • Throughout their time on the show, I’m A Celebrity contestants are allowed just one phone call. Communication between the celebrities and even their agents is prohibited.

  • In Brian Harvey’s 2004 ‘House of Pies’ trial, over 1.5 million flies were used. Bred in special conditions which rendered them unable to fly, the flies did their job in making the singer physically sick.
  • While in the jungle, I’m A Celebrity contestants aren’t ever allowed to see the time. Even when the show’s presenters, Ant and Dec, visit the camp they cover their watches. This is in order to completely sever the contestants from reality!

Famous Television and Music Stars from Lymm, Cheshire

Chris Bisson

Chris Bisson is of Indian Trinidadian and British descent. He has appeared in several famous television programmes, including two of the country’s leading soaps, Coronation Street and Emmerdale. Starring as Vikram Desai in Coronation Street, Chris played the role between 1999 and 2002. Since 2009, Chris has appeared as Jai Sharma in Emmerdale. He also played a major role in the British Asian hit comedy movie East is East.

Johnny Briggs

Over the course of three decades, Johnny Briggs starred in Coronation Street as Mike Baldwin. He appeared in 2,348 episodes during his tenure and left the soap as his character died in the arms of long-time rival Ken Barlow (William Roach). His last appearance on Coronation Street was in 2012, where he made a special appearance in aid of the charity Text Santa.

Aiden Byrne

Aiden Byrne is a popular and successful television chef and restauranteur. Owner of a number of establishments, Aiden earned a Michelin star for his cooking in The Commons Restaurant in Dublin. Following stints as head chef in numerous reputable establishments, Aiden made his television debut on MasterChef in 2008. Aiden owns two establishments in Cheshire, which include The Church Green in Lymm and the British Grill in Macdonald Hotel near Chester.

Matthew Corbett

Matthew Corbett is famous television personality, known for his personality, writing and puppeteering. He is best known for his role on The Sooty Show and Sooty and Co, which were created by his father in 1976. After retiring from the Sooty show in 1998, Corbett’s television appearances have been few and far between. A little-known fact about the Lymm native is that fish and chip shop chain owner Harry Ramsden was his great uncle.

Suranne Jones

Surrane Jones, also hailing from Lymm, is a highly popular and successful actress and television personality. Jones has appeared on a number of hit television productions, having gained public prominence through her work in Coronation Street, between 2000 and 2004.

Rod Bond

A-list Hollywood actor and veteran philanthropist Rod Bond hails from Lymm.

I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

Meet the Contestants: Part II

Jacqueline Jossa

Jacqueline Jossa gained public renown for her role as Lauren Branning on Eastenders between 2010 and 2018. In February 2018, Jossa and on-screen sister Lorna Fitzgerald left the popular soap. Having won four soap awards, Jossa is most famous for her role in the soap. Listing her phobias as “insects, creatures, spiders – everything,” Jossa has maintained a distance from an outdoorsy lifestyle, insisting “I’m not that type of girl.” We can expect some great viewing from Jossa as she appears in this year’s I’m a Celebrity.

Roman Kemp

Son of Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp and Shirlie Holliman, who served as a backing singer for Wham!, Capital FM DJ Roman Kemp has entertainment and performance in his blood. Describing a very unique phobia of cotton wool, Roman has also stated that he’s not looking forward to trials in the dark! The radio DJ has also spoken of how he is constantly referred to as Martin Kemp’s son and hopes to establish his own identity before the public, through his appearance on I’m a Celebrity.

James Haskell

Former England international, and Wasps and Northampton Saints, rugby union player James Haskell is also married to Chloe Madeley, Richard and Judy’s daughter. The butch rugby player, since retiring from the game, has most recently embarked on mixed martial arts. While the tough man kept tight-lipped on his phobias, we expect some good viewing ahead, especially since the jungle is best known for making even the mighty crumble!

Kate Garraway

The darling of breakfast TV and longstanding Good Morning Britain anchor Kate Garraway is considered among the most popular figures on television today. Looking forward to “go in the jungle and fly the flag for the older woman,” Kate has confessed to a long list of phobias, “spiders, heights, being in a box covered with snakes,” what has Kate let herself in for?

The Best in British Reality TV Series

The Great British Bake Off

The popular baking series, which triggered a baking craze across the nation, has this year completed its tenth series. Crown winner of the Great British Bake Off 2019, David Atherton is the only winner to have never been recognised as Star Baker during the whole season!

Love Island

Filmed in the idyllic surroundings of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, Mallorca, the reality dating show consumes all whenever it appears on screen! This year witnessed the series’ fifth incarnation, as Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea took the £50,000 prize money. The series was watched by an average of 5.61 million, the highest in the show’s history to date.

Britain’s Got Talent

Created by Simon Cowell and hosted by duo Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly, Britain’s Got Talent is responsible for bringing the likes of tenor Paul Potts, the dance group Diversity and magician Richard Jones.

Strictly Come Dancing

Now in its seventeenth series, the mainly ballroom and Latin dancing competition takes the nation by storm every year. Responsible for ‘the Strictly curse’, the show is known for creating sparks beyond the dancefloor!

The X Factor

Another hit show devised by music mogul Simon Cowell, The X Factor has been a mainstay on the small screen since September 2004. The show’s popularity has been replicated across the world, from Albani to Israel, across the Arab world and as far afield as Vietnam.

Celebrity Big Brother

An adaptation of the non-celebrity Big Brother, the celebrity version that proved to be a bigger hit than the original show. Despite maintaining its popularity after a move to Channel 5, the last ever series aired in 2018. Winners have included Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, the show’s only non-celebrity contestant Chantelle Houghton, Katie Price and former Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas.

The Best British Soap Operas of All Time

Brookside (1982 – 2003)

Set in Liverpool, Brookside originally ran for twenty-one years, between 1982 and 2003 and comprised 2,915 episodes. Phil Redmond, who also came up with Grange Hill and Hollyoaks, devised the soap and served as executive producer throughout its run. During the 1980s, Brookside’s popularity peaked. As Channel 4’s most popular programme, the soap would draw a viewership over 9 million, each episode. With a purpose-built set, comprising brand new houses in a cul-de-sac, Brookside’s setting imbued the soap with a realism unrivalled by its competitors. This realism was expanded on by storylines and their delivery, as Brookside gained fame for a pre-watershed lesbian kiss and a moving and powerful domestic abuse storyline which resulted in murder. After a controversial storyline involving incest, Brookside’s producers were forced to backtrack and a decline in ratings ensued. The controversy brought Brookside’s sensationalist and headline-grabbing plots to the fore, causing a decline in the audience’s interest.

Hollyoaks (1995 – present)

One of the youngest soaps on British television, Hollyoaks is set in the fictional village of Hollyoaks in Chester, Cheshire. Devised by Phil Redmond, the soap has produced a total of 5,296 episodes to date. Known for its sexy female characters and its inclusivity, featuring several transgender characters, Hollyoaks has maintained a level of popularity despite some changes to its approach. Originally conceived to target an adolescent and young adult audience, the soap has broadened its appeal to all groups. The show has displayed storylines dealing with a broad range of issues, such as: abortion, suicide, euthanasia, bisexuality, being transgender, rape, incest, child abuse, grooming, domestic violence, among a plethora of others. Hollyoaks has witnessed considerable success in terms of awards, winning thirty-nine British Soap Awards and eighteen Inside Soap Awards.

The Greatest British Comedy Series of All Time Continued

Dad’s Army

Based on the British Home Guard, an armed citizen militia tasked with supporting the British Army on the home front, Dad’s Army has endured as a comedy favourite. Set during the Second World War, Captain George Mainwaring leads the contingent of the Local Defence Volunteers. Full of slapstick humour and catch phrases, Dad’s Army originally ran between 1968 and 1977. Numerous re-runs attest to the comedy’s enduring popularity.

The Royle Family

Starring Ricky Tomlinson and Caroline Aherne, the Royle Family only ran for 3 series between 1998 and 2000. Proving to be a resounding success, the sitcom has since been regularly voted in polls ranking Britain’s best comedies. According to the BBC’s poll to find the Best British Sitcom, The Royle Family ranked 19th. Winning numerous BAFTA Awards and an enduring cult status, the comedy remains an all-time classic.

Absolutely Fabulous

Also known as ‘Ab Fab’, it was created by Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French. The sitcom follows the lives of Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patricia Stone (Joanna Lumley), two high-powered career women in the fashion industry. Fueled by cigarettes, alcohol and recreational drugs, the pair encounter crises, often resolved by Saffron Monsoon (Julia Sawalha), Edina’s daughter. The show regularly achieved viewing figures between 5 and 9 million, across all its series.

The Vicar of Dibley

Originally running between 1994 and 1998, The Vicar of Dibley starred comedian Dawn French and Emma Chambers. French, alongside creator Richard Curtis, consulted one of the first female Anglican priests Joy Caroll, towards the development and portrayal of the character. Nominated for British Academy Television Awards for six years in a row, the show achieved success at the British Comedy Awards and National Television Awards. It is considered one of the most successful television programmes in the era of digital television.