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    New series starting on BBC2 tonight

    Looks promising, to say the least ...

    BBC - BBC Two Programmes - Empire of Cricket, England


    If nothing else, could be the perfect antidote to a month of Twenty20. On a bit late for me, so some at least may have to be recorded.

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    Cheers for that, will probably record it anyway in case i forget to watch it
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    ...... and for those with ESPN there is a programme on at 20.30 BST about the 1968 Ashes which will no doubt concentrate on that remarkable final test at the Oval

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    1968 and The Oval is like The Ashes and 1932/33 and 2005.

    Why on Earth would anyone want to watch yet another program on the most famous bits? Why not have something on the more obscure stuff that hardly anyone ever gets to see any more?

    I've honestly never seen any of the 1968 series apart from said Underwood Oval Test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    1968 and The Oval is like The Ashes and 1932/33 and 2005.

    Why on Earth would anyone want to watch yet another program on the most famous bits? Why not have something on the more obscure stuff that hardly anyone ever gets to see any more?

    I've honestly never seen any of the 1968 series apart from said Underwood Oval Test.
    I've never seen a programme dedicated to the series before - all I've ever seen is about five minutes worth of highlights of the last afternoon and a few bits of Dolly's famous 158 - in an hour with, hopefully some comments from the participants, and coverage of earlier games, I'm expecting a classic and won't be prejudging

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    ...... and for those with ESPN there is a programme on at 20.30 BST about the 1968 Ashes which will no doubt concentrate on that remarkable final test at the Oval
    Also on ESPN starting tomorrow (June 1st) are full half hour hightlights of each days play from the 1986/87 Ashes series. This was historic for many reasons - not least because it was the last time England won in Australia. It was also the first time an England Test victory in Australia had been broadcast live on television. The BBC were only showing half-hour highlights each evening but with England poised to push for victory on the last morning of the match the BBC decided to broadcast live coverage. It's also notable for Bob Willis's early days as a commentator before he became a bitter and twisted old fool courting controversy.

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    ESPN really is brilliant. They were showing the 97 Ashes last week. You may remember that the 97 Ashes was only a short two-test series which England won 2-0, their coverage was great anyway. Really enjoyed watching Nasser
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    Yeah, have re-watched that 1997 Ashes several times on ESPN Classic. Along with several other series' from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

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    97 is probably my favourite Ashes series that we didn't win

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    Had the First Test on tape, used to rewatch countless times. Great stuff, I loved that VHS tape - used to watch it so often. This was back when I was an England fan, oh the good ol' days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    97 is probably my favourite Ashes series that we didn't win
    ??

    two zip to us, as I recall, GIMH

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    ??

    two zip to us, as I recall, GIMH
    He's well aware of that Mr Z - i think he's just had a baggy green moment - probably been at the Jagermeister again

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    Sorry I missed off the end of my post. It should have said "that we didn't win in a really tight finish, as it was as comfortable as you like"

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    Just enjoyed watching the '68 Ashes highlights.

    The camerawork is almost inedscribably bad - you can't see what the bowler is doing with the ball being among the many deficiencies - but it's great to see nonetheless.

    One thing that's particularly striking is the calm politeness with which wickets are celebrated, and opponents' landmarks are always congratulated. Times have changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    Just enjoyed watching the '68 Ashes highlights.

    The camerawork is almost inedscribably bad - you can't see what the bowler is doing with the ball being among the many deficiencies - but it's great to see nonetheless.

    One thing that's particularly striking is the calm politeness with which wickets are celebrated, and opponents' landmarks are always congratulated. Times have changed.
    Yeah I love the low key celebrations in games of times past. Seems odd as acting like an idiot and shouting always came naturally to me after taking a wicket. The thing that always gets me is that they played in actual shirts, with proper buttons and everything! It almost looks like they just got bored at the office, took off their ties, rolled up their sleeves and wandered out for a game of cricket.

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