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Freddie Flintoff's Field of Dreams

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Episode 1: Freddie Flintoff's Field of Dreams

Summary

Freddie Flintoff is determined to prove anyone can play cricket whatever their background, so he sets out to turn a group of lively teenagers from his home town of Preston into a decent competitive team. These lads have never picked up a bat before, yet in just a few weeks they will be facing teams who have been playing together for years. There is a lot to learn in a short space of time - but not everything goes to plan

Review

It’s a simple enough plan. Freddie Flintoff wants to start a cricket team for teenage boys in Preston, where he grew up. He wants to show that it needn’t be a sport for the privately educated; that state-school kids who have never tried it can find team spirit and confidence in cricket, given half a chance.

But there’s a problem, summed up in three words by one lad who, when asked what he thinks of the idea, says flatly, “Football is better.” It’s a common theme among boys who think of cricket, if they think of it at all, as posh and slow.

Flintoff sets about changing their minds, and we get a dynamic along the lines of a Gareth Malone programme, except instead of nervous singers, lippy kids wave bats around somewhere near a ball and, in one memorable scene, pull on their whites for the first time. If you love cricket and hope it has a future, this is stirring stuff.

How to watch

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Released on
2022-07-07
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Credits

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PresenterFreddie Flintoff
Series producerNaomi Templeton
Executive producerAndrew Mackenzie-Betty

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  • Summary

    Freddie Flintoff is determined to prove anyone can play cricket whatever their background, so he sets out to turn a group of lively teenagers from his home town of Preston into a decent competitive team. These lads have never picked up a bat before, yet in just a few weeks they will be facing teams who have been playing together for years. There is a lot to learn in a short space of time - but not everything goes to plan

    Review

    It’s a simple enough plan. Freddie Flintoff wants to start a cricket team for teenage boys in Preston, where he grew up. He wants to show that it needn’t be a sport for the privately educated; that state-school kids who have never tried it can find team spirit and confidence in cricket, given half a chance.

    But there’s a problem, summed up in three words by one lad who, when asked what he thinks of the idea, says flatly, “Football is better.” It’s a common theme among boys who think of cricket, if they think of it at all, as posh and slow.

    Flintoff sets about changing their minds, and we get a dynamic along the lines of a Gareth Malone programme, except instead of nervous singers, lippy kids wave bats around somewhere near a ball and, in one memorable scene, pull on their whites for the first time. If you love cricket and hope it has a future, this is stirring stuff.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Released on
    2022-07-07
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterFreddie Flintoff
    Series producerNaomi Templeton
    Executive producerAndrew Mackenzie-Betty
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