Union JACK puts athletes and comedians back in the spotlight with new series

Union JACK radio have announced the launch of a new 10-part comedy interview series, The Show Must Go On, starring some of the country’s greatest athletes and sports stars, and co-hosted by some of the nation’s favourite comedians.

With all live sport and comedy currently cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Show Must Go On will help plug the gap, putting the spotlight back on the athletes and performers who should have been lighting up screens and stages this summer.

The Show Must Go On launches weekly at 11am from this Saturday 2 May, with the first episode featuring Team GB Sailor Luke Patience alongside comedian Justin Moorhouse. All shows will also air on sister national station, JACK Radio, and with each interview available to download as a podcast immediately after.

Guests will share their own experiences of life on lockdown, their coping strategies during isolation, and how they’ve been keeping themselves entertained; with input from the comedian co-host ensuring that the finished product is lighthearted, witty and entertaining.

Guests confirmed to date include Olympic medalist and Team GB Sailor Luke Patience; Olympic Sprinter Asha Philip; Paralympic athletes Kadeena Cox and Sam Ruddock; Team GB Footballers Leah Williamson and Lucy Bronze; and Racing Driver Jamie Chadwick.

All interviews will be co-hosted by a comedian, with confirmed names including Justin Moorhouse, Patrick Monahan, Zoe Lyons, Paul Sinha and Athena Kugblenu, alongside renowned broadcaster and presenter, Lynsey Hooper.

The Show Must Go On, which was conceived and is produced by Offside Productions Media, creator of award-winning football podcast The Offside Rule, has been supported by the Audio Content Fund and recorded remotely.

Lynsey Hooper of Offside Media Productions, said:

“We are so grateful to the Audio Content Fund for supporting this project, and to Union JACK Radio and JACK Radio for agreeing to broadcast it. 2020 has seen live sport and comedy fall off a cliff, and we wanted to create a reason to put the stars of these industries back in the spotlight and to get to know the real people behind the headlines. The combination of sport and comedy has resulted in a programme that is informative, funny and a really good listen, while the ‘Home Decathlon Challenge’ provides some fun that the audience at home can join in with too.”

Giles Gear, Programme Manager of Union JACK radio, added: 

“The combination of comedy and sport has resulted in a concept that has a natural home on Union JACK radio, which prides itself on delivering the very best of British comedy. We’re delighted to be partnering with Offside Media Productions to bring fans of sport and comedy a really unique listen.”

The Show Must Go On can be heard on Union JACK radio and JACK Radio every Saturday at 11am, and will be available as a podcast immediately afterwards.

Listen on DAB, online, or via the Union JACK or JACK Radio App.