Sheds, kippers and the odd faux pas - how the TMS team delivered commentary in unique circumstances
21/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 165
TMS producer Adam Mountford details the challenges - and fun - involved in delivering radio commentary from bedrooms and attics across the country.
1
21/01/2021 10:28:11 10 0
bbc
Funniest thing I’ve heard in a while. Tears in the eyes laughing at that.

It’s up there with BBC weatherman Nick Miller discussing his gaming hobby with Chris Hawkins on 6 music ??
2
21/01/2021 10:36:07 4 8
bbc
Well this make do and mend attitude seems to be on to something.

Now what was that about the BBC saving money?
3
21/01/2021 10:43:07 72 0
bbc
The commentary and conversation between presenters was as brilliant as always. You all did a fantastic job. Well done. Looking forward to 2nd test tomorrow!
4
21/01/2021 10:44:56 59 1
bbc
Well done Aggers! - that one is up there with the leg over incident.
5
21/01/2021 10:51:30 0 45
bbc
Stopped listening to TMS years ago.
7
21/01/2021 10:54:08 30 1
bbc
Not stopped commenting on HYS though without a clue
10
21/01/2021 10:58:32 10 0
bbc
unlucky
12
21/01/2021 11:01:00 1 1
bbc
Morning Shieldgirl ... Hope all well seen some of your postings.

Yes at times you have not missed much depending on the Commentary team but we all have favourite though.

Plenty of Cricket happening to keep all busy and occupied.
27
21/01/2021 11:49:44 10 0
bbc
Your loss.
6
21/01/2021 10:53:37 8 4
bbc
TMS commentators are both super genius' and funny at the same time

As I get older I realise experience is anything and even if you weren't very good (and let's face it Aggers was a very fringe test player) and maybe especially so you appreciate true talent having been so close to it

Wisdom is everything in cricket (pun intended) a fact the ridiculous clueless Eng board appear to have forgotten
5
21/01/2021 10:51:30 0 45
bbc
Stopped listening to TMS years ago.
7
21/01/2021 10:54:08 30 1
bbc
Not stopped commenting on HYS though without a clue
8
21/01/2021 10:57:38 4 26
bbc
Good - at least they didnt all sit on a jet, fly to Sri Lanka & stay in hotels (expenses inc) at our expense. Shows it can be done & there is no need for staff to be present - like the rest of us, work can be done from home, remotely.
I hope it's the future for TMS coverage for winter tours. But I doubt it, they all love their winter jollies in the sun.
13
21/01/2021 11:04:14 8 0
bbc
Lucky you working ....

Yes it can be done as I guess but we wait for a Technical failure that they are unable to see then all up the Swanny.

TMS is a saviour at the moment or has been to keep all posted on the happenings so not be happy folk.

Yes see what joys they bring us in the Morning along with the England Team.
9
Leo
21/01/2021 10:58:07 36 0
bbc
As always TMS do a wonderful job and I for one doth my proverbial cap to you all.
5
21/01/2021 10:51:30 0 45
bbc
Stopped listening to TMS years ago.
10
21/01/2021 10:58:32 10 0
bbc
unlucky
11
21/01/2021 11:00:01 4 0
bbc
Well done all. Very entertaining. Peter.
5
21/01/2021 10:51:30 0 45
bbc
Stopped listening to TMS years ago.
12
21/01/2021 11:01:00 1 1
bbc
Morning Shieldgirl ... Hope all well seen some of your postings.

Yes at times you have not missed much depending on the Commentary team but we all have favourite though.

Plenty of Cricket happening to keep all busy and occupied.
43
21/01/2021 13:07:58 7 0
bbc
Yes, it's like anything that changes; people always think the new isn't as good as the old. I thought nobody could replace John Arlott and Brian Johnston but in time I have come to enjoy the newcomers.
8
21/01/2021 10:57:38 4 26
bbc
Good - at least they didnt all sit on a jet, fly to Sri Lanka & stay in hotels (expenses inc) at our expense. Shows it can be done & there is no need for staff to be present - like the rest of us, work can be done from home, remotely.
I hope it's the future for TMS coverage for winter tours. But I doubt it, they all love their winter jollies in the sun.
13
21/01/2021 11:04:14 8 0
bbc
Lucky you working ....

Yes it can be done as I guess but we wait for a Technical failure that they are unable to see then all up the Swanny.

TMS is a saviour at the moment or has been to keep all posted on the happenings so not be happy folk.

Yes see what joys they bring us in the Morning along with the England Team.
20
21/01/2021 11:40:24 0 0
bbc
Lot ... Not not. ??
29
21/01/2021 12:02:59 4 1
bbc
Fair comment - maybe they can scale back the entourage that goes abroad then? - there is scope to save money by the BBC -the 1st test proved it. Even Sky had comms from home/studios.
14
21/01/2021 11:05:36 5 0
bbc
Think TMS did a great job. Before all this tech what do people think they did in the past? Pre Arlott etc?
15
21/01/2021 11:09:23 5 0
bbc
Over the Phone lines and carrier pigeons we think.

Yes Technology has helped massively for all to benefit from bringing at times joy and laughter too many and obviously sorrow when we lose or their player is playing rubbish etc.

Yes had to wait following day to read about it now happens and click their it is.
14
21/01/2021 11:05:36 5 0
bbc
Think TMS did a great job. Before all this tech what do people think they did in the past? Pre Arlott etc?
15
21/01/2021 11:09:23 5 0
bbc
Over the Phone lines and carrier pigeons we think.

Yes Technology has helped massively for all to benefit from bringing at times joy and laughter too many and obviously sorrow when we lose or their player is playing rubbish etc.

Yes had to wait following day to read about it now happens and click their it is.
48
21/01/2021 13:15:41 3 1
bbc
Only one I cld not stand was that old snob E W Swanton. Even Trueman wasn't too bad by comparison. Swanton thought that there shld be newspaper reports on Prep School matches.
16
21/01/2021 11:15:59 141 2
bbc
Life without TMS would be a much less enjoyable life. Many thanks to all of you.
Please ignore the views of the cynics on here who know the price of everything and the value of nothing. If you don't like cricket or TMS that's fine - but please go elsewhere and post something positive on things you do like.
17
21/01/2021 11:18:57 4 5
bbc
Absolute ridiculous selection by selectors to replace Broad with an ageing Anderson when there is a 26 year old Olly Stone fit quickie.All it does is deprive Stone of much needed test experience for the future when he is clearly good enough to warrant a place.
18
21/01/2021 11:26:05 2 0
bbc
As said the other day Jim an agreement or compromise would have been made with these guys seeing as taking several quicks as they say.

You cannot please all with a squad and keeping your seniors happy is a key to a happy dressing room.

Imagine Broad and Anderson being in strops and dummies everywhere as the media would like to report.

JR hints at Woakes and Stone too
152
22/01/2021 11:37:31 0 0
bbc
Think they must have showed Jimmy your posting and see what has happened.

We keep the faith and one day Olly get his chance.
17
21/01/2021 11:18:57 4 5
bbc
Absolute ridiculous selection by selectors to replace Broad with an ageing Anderson when there is a 26 year old Olly Stone fit quickie.All it does is deprive Stone of much needed test experience for the future when he is clearly good enough to warrant a place.
18
21/01/2021 11:26:05 2 0
bbc
As said the other day Jim an agreement or compromise would have been made with these guys seeing as taking several quicks as they say.

You cannot please all with a squad and keeping your seniors happy is a key to a happy dressing room.

Imagine Broad and Anderson being in strops and dummies everywhere as the media would like to report.

JR hints at Woakes and Stone too
31
21/01/2021 12:14:55 2 3
bbc
So the seniors are the prima Donna's? Andersin is almost 40.Stone should not be missing out to a 39 year old.
19
21/01/2021 11:26:06 44 0
bbc
Where there's a will there's a way! Well done TMS and BBC!
13
21/01/2021 11:04:14 8 0
bbc
Lucky you working ....

Yes it can be done as I guess but we wait for a Technical failure that they are unable to see then all up the Swanny.

TMS is a saviour at the moment or has been to keep all posted on the happenings so not be happy folk.

Yes see what joys they bring us in the Morning along with the England Team.
20
21/01/2021 11:40:24 0 0
bbc
Lot ... Not not. ??
21
21/01/2021 11:40:50 13 2
bbc
Love listening to cricket on the radio, a morale booster

And, no, when we are back to "normal" I wouldn't go for the idea that commentators should be permanently based from home

It's the same idiocy from people who think that offices are now a thing of the past. Working from home is there to help you manage a hectic life, not a permanent life choice

Some people are just jealous of commentators
26
21/01/2021 11:48:40 9 3
bbc
At the risk of going off topic, this pandemic has proved that 90% of office workers can adequately do the job from home. If you were running a business, why wouldn't you reduce the overheads and costs involved in renting an office? I'm certain we'll see a hugely reduced residency of office space, even when things are "back to normal".
22
21/01/2021 11:41:11 26 0
bbc
TMS is as enjoyable as ever, thanks for all your hard work keeping us up to date with our beloved cricket. Stay safe.
23
21/01/2021 11:45:44 36 1
bbc
You're doing a brilliant job. Also really enjoyed the ABC coverage of Aus v India
83
21/01/2021 16:59:11 13 3
bbc
Yes, the ABC broadcasts were excellent Love Jim Maxwell!
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Pam
21/01/2021 11:47:07 60 0
bbc
Just loved having the TMS team back. Brought sunshine back into our lives. The technology was awesome - thought you were there - except for Sunday of course. Best laugh for ages
25
21/01/2021 11:47:09 9 0
bbc
Brought in a microwave to warm up kippers? Surely the producer knows it's an unspoken faux pas to warm up fish in the office!
33
21/01/2021 12:34:56 6 0
bbc
I'd like think he had the microwave in it's own room far away from the office. If he didnt, well I hope they like the smell of fish for many hours
21
21/01/2021 11:40:50 13 2
bbc
Love listening to cricket on the radio, a morale booster

And, no, when we are back to "normal" I wouldn't go for the idea that commentators should be permanently based from home

It's the same idiocy from people who think that offices are now a thing of the past. Working from home is there to help you manage a hectic life, not a permanent life choice

Some people are just jealous of commentators
26
21/01/2021 11:48:40 9 3
bbc
At the risk of going off topic, this pandemic has proved that 90% of office workers can adequately do the job from home. If you were running a business, why wouldn't you reduce the overheads and costs involved in renting an office? I'm certain we'll see a hugely reduced residency of office space, even when things are "back to normal".
28
21/01/2021 11:56:40 2 1
bbc
I can't pick that apart in 400 characters, so I'm not going to even bother.

There was a comment below about BBC spending and commentators good on 'jollies'
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21/01/2021 13:12:38 7 2
bbc
Then some people will meet no one! We're meant to interact with other humans face to face not just act as cost cutting exercises. Ridiculous idea.
5
21/01/2021 10:51:30 0 45
bbc
Stopped listening to TMS years ago.
27
21/01/2021 11:49:44 10 0
bbc
Your loss.
26
21/01/2021 11:48:40 9 3
bbc
At the risk of going off topic, this pandemic has proved that 90% of office workers can adequately do the job from home. If you were running a business, why wouldn't you reduce the overheads and costs involved in renting an office? I'm certain we'll see a hugely reduced residency of office space, even when things are "back to normal".
28
21/01/2021 11:56:40 2 1
bbc
I can't pick that apart in 400 characters, so I'm not going to even bother.

There was a comment below about BBC spending and commentators good on 'jollies'
13
21/01/2021 11:04:14 8 0
bbc
Lucky you working ....

Yes it can be done as I guess but we wait for a Technical failure that they are unable to see then all up the Swanny.

TMS is a saviour at the moment or has been to keep all posted on the happenings so not be happy folk.

Yes see what joys they bring us in the Morning along with the England Team.
29
21/01/2021 12:02:59 4 1
bbc
Fair comment - maybe they can scale back the entourage that goes abroad then? - there is scope to save money by the BBC -the 1st test proved it. Even Sky had comms from home/studios.
57
21/01/2021 14:29:13 2 0
bbc
True and yes think many coverage aspects now will be limited to the bare necessities as they say.

Least we are having coverage which is the main point and we are all happy as can be.
103
21/01/2021 18:21:27 1 0
bbc
You just don't get it; no UK media in any shape or form were allowed to travel to Sri Lanka period; it doesn't mean that media outlets will cover cricket - or any other sport - this way if and when things get back to normal.
30
21/01/2021 12:07:36 79 0
bbc
Thank you all for your hard work, it is appreciated
71
21/01/2021 16:20:30 7 62
bbc
Hard work? Really? Only the early starts.
18
21/01/2021 11:26:05 2 0
bbc
As said the other day Jim an agreement or compromise would have been made with these guys seeing as taking several quicks as they say.

You cannot please all with a squad and keeping your seniors happy is a key to a happy dressing room.

Imagine Broad and Anderson being in strops and dummies everywhere as the media would like to report.

JR hints at Woakes and Stone too
31
21/01/2021 12:14:55 2 3
bbc
So the seniors are the prima Donna's? Andersin is almost 40.Stone should not be missing out to a 39 year old.
37
21/01/2021 12:52:45 0 1
bbc
That's sport for you at International level in fact any level at times.

It's not pretty at times but sure Olly get his time and prove his worth.
101
21/01/2021 18:18:13 1 0
bbc
if you ask Stone he'll probably say something like 'I hope I can still play at play at 39", if you're good enough, you're good enough at whatever age you are
32
21/01/2021 12:28:44 1 15
bbc
i thought it was good im sure theyll do the same for the ashes next year save the license fee money as they have shown they can do it without flying out
34
21/01/2021 12:41:07 9 1
bbc
I'd prefer commentators to be at the match, experiencing the atmosphere first hand, assuming crowds are back in full, seeing conditions themselves, rather than sitting in their garden shed looking at a feed through a lap top. Whilst sat in this pants.

Otherwise I can just switch the TV on and turn the sound off.

But, hey, that's just me.
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11
21/01/2021 12:46:30 8 2
bbc
Grumpy so and so. The BBC license fee represents outstanding value for money!
123
21/01/2021 19:26:21 0 0
bbc
Don't need a TV licence to listen to the radio.
25
21/01/2021 11:47:09 9 0
bbc
Brought in a microwave to warm up kippers? Surely the producer knows it's an unspoken faux pas to warm up fish in the office!
33
21/01/2021 12:34:56 6 0
bbc
I'd like think he had the microwave in it's own room far away from the office. If he didnt, well I hope they like the smell of fish for many hours
32
21/01/2021 12:28:44 1 15
bbc
i thought it was good im sure theyll do the same for the ashes next year save the license fee money as they have shown they can do it without flying out
34
21/01/2021 12:41:07 9 1
bbc
I'd prefer commentators to be at the match, experiencing the atmosphere first hand, assuming crowds are back in full, seeing conditions themselves, rather than sitting in their garden shed looking at a feed through a lap top. Whilst sat in this pants.

Otherwise I can just switch the TV on and turn the sound off.

But, hey, that's just me.
54
21/01/2021 14:23:59 3 9
bbc
Why? They were perfectly ok commentating from home? Don't get the preoccupation with "being there", especially when there are no supporters allowed to attend (ie zero atmosphere).
As a licence fee payer it annoys me to see the BBC chucking money around on foreign travel when it's unnecessary, when the rest of us are making ends meet.
35
21/01/2021 12:41:17 13 0
bbc
Great innovation guys. Yes there is some atmosphere missing as you can't describe the little stuff going in the ground or wherever, or stories from the hotel or dinner the previous evening etc, which is a wonderful feature of TMS commentaries. But under difficult circumstances it's been a job very well done by you all. Hope Aggers's dog is awake for the next test!!
32
21/01/2021 12:28:44 1 15
bbc
i thought it was good im sure theyll do the same for the ashes next year save the license fee money as they have shown they can do it without flying out
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11
21/01/2021 12:46:30 8 2
bbc
Grumpy so and so. The BBC license fee represents outstanding value for money!
31
21/01/2021 12:14:55 2 3
bbc
So the seniors are the prima Donna's? Andersin is almost 40.Stone should not be missing out to a 39 year old.
37
21/01/2021 12:52:45 0 1
bbc
That's sport for you at International level in fact any level at times.

It's not pretty at times but sure Olly get his time and prove his worth.
38
21/01/2021 12:55:12 28 2
bbc
Wonderful programme. National institution
39
21/01/2021 12:56:03 15 0
bbc
I very much preferred this to last winters "Cricket Social". Full marks for a super performance from Aggers and the team. Not too sure what John Arlott would have made of all this technology though!
53
21/01/2021 14:04:12 17 0
bbc
Looks like it will be back to the 'Cricket Social' or something very like it for the upcoming series in India for which talksport have the radio broadcasting rights. Talksports coverage will of course be fine for some. Nothing personal but I find Gough, Batty, Harmison and a few of the others hard going.
56
21/01/2021 14:26:41 2 0
bbc
Well our hands are tied over that matter as commercial aspects and money I guess.

Although it's better then nothing I we shall say.
70
21/01/2021 16:19:01 2 0
bbc
Cricket Social was rubbish.
40
21/01/2021 13:02:20 7 0
bbc
The team did a fantastic job, I usually tuned in about 5.00 am. It has been mentioned that having an aerial or overall view of the ground would be an advantage so could it not be arranged with the TV providers to have a static camera at the commentary point, picture for commentators only that gives a constant panoramic picture.
108
21/01/2021 18:36:13 0 0
bbc
Easily arranged but has to be paid for.
41
21/01/2021 13:02:44 43 2
bbc
TMS is a British and worldwide institution, I cant thank enough the BBC, producers & commentators on their wonderful, informative, funny and pragmatic musings on the beautiful game which is Cricket & every other topic which regularly comes into their minds. I await with relish the opportunity to listen to these fantastic broadcasters do an amazing job in difficult circumstances. THANKYOU!!
42
21/01/2021 13:03:45 30 1
bbc
Because I've had TMS on the car radio since the Arlott, Johnston days, my wife, who originally knew little about the game, just enjoyed the banter and now always wants to listen to it rather than putting on music. It's worth the BBC licence fee alone. Also a couple of years ago for my birthday she booked two tickets (yes, for us both) at one of the Agnew & Lloyd evenings and thoroughly enjoyed it.
12
21/01/2021 11:01:00 1 1
bbc
Morning Shieldgirl ... Hope all well seen some of your postings.

Yes at times you have not missed much depending on the Commentary team but we all have favourite though.

Plenty of Cricket happening to keep all busy and occupied.
43
21/01/2021 13:07:58 7 0
bbc
Yes, it's like anything that changes; people always think the new isn't as good as the old. I thought nobody could replace John Arlott and Brian Johnston but in time I have come to enjoy the newcomers.
58
21/01/2021 14:30:47 4 0
bbc
True all of then have their little traits or quirks .

Passes the day superbly or night time or even helps sleep soundly too then wonder why strange dreams happen.
44
21/01/2021 13:08:42 2 7
bbc
Guerilla Cricket have been doing this for months, but yeah well done....
45
21/01/2021 13:10:45 51 0
bbc
For a long time I didn't even realise that they weren't there.... idiot....It was when Bumble talked about the binmen that the penny dropped. There is no commentary team like them and they've been going for decades.
160
22/01/2021 15:57:16 0 0
bbc
Me neither! I listened in over a couple of hours of Day 1 of the first Test before I realised the team weren't in Galle. It just goes to show what a great job everyone involved is doing.
46
21/01/2021 13:12:04 29 0
bbc
Really enjoyed hearing the work that goes into this. Thank you
26
21/01/2021 11:48:40 9 3
bbc
At the risk of going off topic, this pandemic has proved that 90% of office workers can adequately do the job from home. If you were running a business, why wouldn't you reduce the overheads and costs involved in renting an office? I'm certain we'll see a hugely reduced residency of office space, even when things are "back to normal".
47
21/01/2021 13:12:38 7 2
bbc
Then some people will meet no one! We're meant to interact with other humans face to face not just act as cost cutting exercises. Ridiculous idea.
15
21/01/2021 11:09:23 5 0
bbc
Over the Phone lines and carrier pigeons we think.

Yes Technology has helped massively for all to benefit from bringing at times joy and laughter too many and obviously sorrow when we lose or their player is playing rubbish etc.

Yes had to wait following day to read about it now happens and click their it is.
48
21/01/2021 13:15:41 3 1
bbc
Only one I cld not stand was that old snob E W Swanton. Even Trueman wasn't too bad by comparison. Swanton thought that there shld be newspaper reports on Prep School matches.
112
21/01/2021 18:53:24 0 0
bbc
I met Swanson in 1986 on a cricket holiday when he was 80. He staged a quiz and virtually all the questions were based on 30s 40s and 50s cricket. Was an interesting character
49
pez
21/01/2021 13:21:32 46 1
bbc
Awesome job. Thank you for your innovation and tenacity. The familiar voices and banter was a great antidote to the current situation.
50
21/01/2021 13:35:36 8 0
bbc
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Made my insomnia bearable!
51
21/01/2021 13:50:56 33 2
bbc
Brilliant from Aggers to get another gem to be repeated alongside "legover" for years to come.
55
SH
21/01/2021 14:24:47 36 1
bbc
Couldn't agree more! I'm sure Johnners would be in fits of giggles too. Credit where it's due as the TMS team continue to uphold all that is brilliant about the BBC!
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KFU
21/01/2021 13:55:49 30 1
bbc
An excellent way to cover the Test, WELL DONE TMS on the BBC. Listened on Monday morning whilst putting up balloons and banners for my Mothers 100th Birthday.
39
21/01/2021 12:56:03 15 0
bbc
I very much preferred this to last winters "Cricket Social". Full marks for a super performance from Aggers and the team. Not too sure what John Arlott would have made of all this technology though!
53
21/01/2021 14:04:12 17 0
bbc
Looks like it will be back to the 'Cricket Social' or something very like it for the upcoming series in India for which talksport have the radio broadcasting rights. Talksports coverage will of course be fine for some. Nothing personal but I find Gough, Batty, Harmison and a few of the others hard going.
110
21/01/2021 18:41:20 0 0
bbc
Oh, no... :-(
34
21/01/2021 12:41:07 9 1
bbc
I'd prefer commentators to be at the match, experiencing the atmosphere first hand, assuming crowds are back in full, seeing conditions themselves, rather than sitting in their garden shed looking at a feed through a lap top. Whilst sat in this pants.

Otherwise I can just switch the TV on and turn the sound off.

But, hey, that's just me.
54
21/01/2021 14:23:59 3 9
bbc
Why? They were perfectly ok commentating from home? Don't get the preoccupation with "being there", especially when there are no supporters allowed to attend (ie zero atmosphere).
As a licence fee payer it annoys me to see the BBC chucking money around on foreign travel when it's unnecessary, when the rest of us are making ends meet.
60
21/01/2021 14:55:15 6 1
bbc
If you pay your licence fee you're paying 40 pence per day.

If you're not getting quality return for that, then stop paying it.

You don't have to pay it. Just don't use BBC services.
94
21/01/2021 17:56:39 1 0
bbc
When it comes to sporting events, in normal circumstances, foreign travel is not unnecessary and for an event like the Ashes in Australia, UK broadcasters must be on site.
51
21/01/2021 13:50:56 33 2
bbc
Brilliant from Aggers to get another gem to be repeated alongside "legover" for years to come.
55
SH
21/01/2021 14:24:47 36 1
bbc
Couldn't agree more! I'm sure Johnners would be in fits of giggles too. Credit where it's due as the TMS team continue to uphold all that is brilliant about the BBC!
39
21/01/2021 12:56:03 15 0
bbc
I very much preferred this to last winters "Cricket Social". Full marks for a super performance from Aggers and the team. Not too sure what John Arlott would have made of all this technology though!
56
21/01/2021 14:26:41 2 0
bbc
Well our hands are tied over that matter as commercial aspects and money I guess.

Although it's better then nothing I we shall say.
29
21/01/2021 12:02:59 4 1
bbc
Fair comment - maybe they can scale back the entourage that goes abroad then? - there is scope to save money by the BBC -the 1st test proved it. Even Sky had comms from home/studios.
57
21/01/2021 14:29:13 2 0
bbc
True and yes think many coverage aspects now will be limited to the bare necessities as they say.

Least we are having coverage which is the main point and we are all happy as can be.
43
21/01/2021 13:07:58 7 0
bbc
Yes, it's like anything that changes; people always think the new isn't as good as the old. I thought nobody could replace John Arlott and Brian Johnston but in time I have come to enjoy the newcomers.
58
21/01/2021 14:30:47 4 0
bbc
True all of then have their little traits or quirks .

Passes the day superbly or night time or even helps sleep soundly too then wonder why strange dreams happen.
59
21/01/2021 14:49:18 1 17
bbc
I find it all rather sad, covering cricket this way when you lose the live coverage contract .
61
21/01/2021 14:59:31 15 0
bbc
All very sad, but at least we had some cricket to watch and listen to each morning - a welcome relief from this virus madness
62
21/01/2021 15:03:15 1 1
bbc
Doesn't bother me, i've got satellite sport up the ying-yang? Want some?
63
21/01/2021 15:35:40 9 0
bbc
Err, not a broadcast rights issue (unlike when Aggers was briefly consigned to The Fort at Galle in times past). Perhaps read the article (and the news) to understand the issues? Well done Adam, Henry, Aggers and all for making sure that the show must go on.
74
21/01/2021 16:33:59 6 0
bbc
Better sad that in Intensive Care. And I'm finding it cheering.
54
21/01/2021 14:23:59 3 9
bbc
Why? They were perfectly ok commentating from home? Don't get the preoccupation with "being there", especially when there are no supporters allowed to attend (ie zero atmosphere).
As a licence fee payer it annoys me to see the BBC chucking money around on foreign travel when it's unnecessary, when the rest of us are making ends meet.
60
21/01/2021 14:55:15 6 1
bbc
If you pay your licence fee you're paying 40 pence per day.

If you're not getting quality return for that, then stop paying it.

You don't have to pay it. Just don't use BBC services.
81
21/01/2021 16:43:18 1 4
bbc
You can't stop paying the licence fee..............that is the issue.
BBC spends millions on "talent", period dramas, cooking shows but decided to throw cricket under the bus around the year 2000.
Barbara Slater's view of sport is almost non-existent.
59
21/01/2021 14:49:18 1 17
bbc
I find it all rather sad, covering cricket this way when you lose the live coverage contract .
61
21/01/2021 14:59:31 15 0
bbc
All very sad, but at least we had some cricket to watch and listen to each morning - a welcome relief from this virus madness
59
21/01/2021 14:49:18 1 17
bbc
I find it all rather sad, covering cricket this way when you lose the live coverage contract .
62
21/01/2021 15:03:15 1 1
bbc
Doesn't bother me, i've got satellite sport up the ying-yang? Want some?
59
21/01/2021 14:49:18 1 17
bbc
I find it all rather sad, covering cricket this way when you lose the live coverage contract .
63
21/01/2021 15:35:40 9 0
bbc
Err, not a broadcast rights issue (unlike when Aggers was briefly consigned to The Fort at Galle in times past). Perhaps read the article (and the news) to understand the issues? Well done Adam, Henry, Aggers and all for making sure that the show must go on.
64
21/01/2021 15:39:36 1 0
bbc
Not a new concept If I remember Talksport once covered a entire FIFA World Cup or European Championships Finals Tournament from their hotel rooms in the host country watching and commentating on the games via Television after being refused accreditation from the organisers.
77
21/01/2021 16:36:49 5 0
bbc
Something resembling these guys gathered in a studio not long ago to talk about a Test they were watching on television, as Talksport had the radio broadcast rights. I preferred it to the Talksport version, which seems to only be accessible on a computer at the best of times. Best of all, I like to be able to listen on a radio.
65
21/01/2021 15:44:01 27 1
bbc
Where to send the cake? Sponge to Salford? Battenburg or Black Forest to the Belvoir? Eclairs for Eleanor? Gateau to Galle for Angelo? Kebab to Kenninigton Oval for Tuffers!
87
21/01/2021 17:33:05 8 0
bbc
Send the cakes to me. I'll see they go where they should...
144
KR
22/01/2021 01:34:50 1 1
bbc
Cake isn't cricket. Why TMS speak so much about cake when there is cricket to speak about is beyond me. Talking cake is the worst part of TMS in my view.
66
IJB
21/01/2021 15:49:15 8 0
bbc
Cricket commentators on all media stations are top notch and knowledgeable about the sport, football pundits are all clearly not in the same league
67
21/01/2021 15:57:10 34 1
bbc
They've done a great job. Especially with the early starts! The Aggers replay commentary was brilliant. Well done all
68
21/01/2021 16:17:02 6 2
bbc
I enjoy the commentary very much yet not as much as the old-timers of my boyhood and youth (born 1954). I cannot afford Paywall. Trouble is TMS for some reason does not always come to Bulgaria. It was unavailable for 1st SL test but I read it should be for test2.
Modern cannot matchold icons. Legends described the buildup to every ball. The present team waffle on, couldB a personal conversation.
117
21/01/2021 19:06:35 1 0
bbc
You may find that using a VPN located in the UK will ensure that you can always receive TMS across the web. There are a small number of VPN services which are available free of charge and which allow you to choose where you appear to be.
69
21/01/2021 16:18:44 7 0
bbc
Legovergate and now replaygate - the legacy of TMS just continues to grow!
130
21/01/2021 19:54:25 2 0
bbc
As 'wicket' is a synonym for 'gate' in some instances, primarily cryptic crosswords, legoverwicket & now replaywicket seem ironically apt for we cricket fans!!
39
21/01/2021 12:56:03 15 0
bbc
I very much preferred this to last winters "Cricket Social". Full marks for a super performance from Aggers and the team. Not too sure what John Arlott would have made of all this technology though!
70
21/01/2021 16:19:01 2 0
bbc
Cricket Social was rubbish.
80
21/01/2021 16:40:32 1 0
bbc
Think that is what he says as prefers TMS to The Social.
30
21/01/2021 12:07:36 79 0
bbc
Thank you all for your hard work, it is appreciated
71
21/01/2021 16:20:30 7 62
bbc
Hard work? Really? Only the early starts.
72
21/01/2021 16:22:49 7 7
bbc
Very much agree with you, Greenleader.
The score and each batsman's total should be broadcast at least once an over....if not more.
Many a time have switched on TMS and have had to wait 4 or 5 overs before knowing the score.
The bowling figures are now deemed not important and the field settings hardly ever mentioned.
Enjoy it, of course, but not a patch on what it used to be.
95
21/01/2021 18:01:22 3 0
bbc
The world will come to an end before people stop saying, "TMS isnt what it was."
Sorry CG, but I get your point.
Switching on at 8.00 this week I got bored waiting for the score and went on the web. But I hadn't had my first coffee of the day....
73
21/01/2021 16:33:48 49 1
bbc
TMS is a proper National Treasure
106
21/01/2021 18:24:39 0 49
bbc
Put them in a museum then
107
21/01/2021 18:30:28 9 1
bbc
I am convinced - and you will not move me on this - that TMS is the very, very best thing that the BBC does.
Of course such doyens as Arlott, Johnston and CMJ are gone, but some at least of the current crop recognise that they have a duty to sustain it for future generations, rather like an historic house. Get rid of Vaughan, pull Tuffnell's choke chain from time to time, and it'll be fine.
59
21/01/2021 14:49:18 1 17
bbc
I find it all rather sad, covering cricket this way when you lose the live coverage contract .
74
21/01/2021 16:33:59 6 0
bbc
Better sad that in Intensive Care. And I'm finding it cheering.
75
21/01/2021 16:34:38 6 13
bbc
What a shame you cannot shut Zaltzman up. He is becoming ridiculous with stupid statistics along the lines of this is only the 7th time on a Wednesday in January in Sri Lanka someone has taken 3 wickets on this ground. Bill Frindall never used to quote stupid stats
90
21/01/2021 17:44:01 7 2
bbc
Crickey, he is an actual comedian and is doing a great job - most people are drawn to cricket as it is whimsically arcane; I feel his obscure stats are very much in the lighthearted spirit of TMS.
91
21/01/2021 17:44:01 4 2
bbc
Zalt's a genius - his more esoteric stats are fun and intended to lighten the mood. Which I think they do. When it comes to more normal stats (partnerships, half centuries, 5-fors, etc) he is on the money. As good as Frindall was at that side of the job.
76
21/01/2021 16:35:58 4 18
bbc
I besides Aggers, none of the present commentators have played at the top level or at the test grounds, that's why they waffle. To fill in they constantly call on the scorer to give them some total uninteresting fact so they got something to talk about. Perhaps they should call it Stats Match Special.
78
21/01/2021 16:38:23 2 0
bbc
Tufnell and Vaughan have so the others are Sports writers whom it's their job. Yes waffle at times and actually forget to look up the info before commenting.

Then you find us folks on here passing comment.
79
21/01/2021 16:39:24 4 8
bbc
Agree with you and the Scorer Andrew Zaltzman is becoming an unbearable listen as he bigs up his own minor part at EVERY opportunity
89
21/01/2021 17:41:23 4 2
bbc
Simon Mann is a fabulous broadcaster. He's been at cricket grounds commentating for the last 20+ years, is hugely knowledgeable, calm and asks the experts questions that lead to insightful answers. Commentating takes a lot of skill and it's common across all sports (football, tennis, etc) to have specialist commentators separate from expert summarisers.
64
21/01/2021 15:39:36 1 0
bbc
Not a new concept If I remember Talksport once covered a entire FIFA World Cup or European Championships Finals Tournament from their hotel rooms in the host country watching and commentating on the games via Television after being refused accreditation from the organisers.
77
21/01/2021 16:36:49 5 0
bbc
Something resembling these guys gathered in a studio not long ago to talk about a Test they were watching on television, as Talksport had the radio broadcast rights. I preferred it to the Talksport version, which seems to only be accessible on a computer at the best of times. Best of all, I like to be able to listen on a radio.
109
21/01/2021 18:37:04 0 0
bbc
The Cricket Social was an (in my opinion) ill-fated attempt to challenge Talksport with something just a bit more - well - social (to appeal to a "punditry fan"). I listened for a bit, thought it was frustrating as I wanted to follow the game, even allowing for the (yes, very poor) Talksport commentary,
TS should be banned unless they put it on a mainstream band where you can actually receive it.
76
21/01/2021 16:35:58 4 18
bbc
I besides Aggers, none of the present commentators have played at the top level or at the test grounds, that's why they waffle. To fill in they constantly call on the scorer to give them some total uninteresting fact so they got something to talk about. Perhaps they should call it Stats Match Special.
78
21/01/2021 16:38:23 2 0
bbc
Tufnell and Vaughan have so the others are Sports writers whom it's their job. Yes waffle at times and actually forget to look up the info before commenting.

Then you find us folks on here passing comment.
82
21/01/2021 16:50:00 2 0
bbc
Tufnell and Vaughan are summarisers not commentators.
Vaughan predicted that Australia would beat India 4-0 in the recent test series !
76
21/01/2021 16:35:58 4 18
bbc
I besides Aggers, none of the present commentators have played at the top level or at the test grounds, that's why they waffle. To fill in they constantly call on the scorer to give them some total uninteresting fact so they got something to talk about. Perhaps they should call it Stats Match Special.
79
21/01/2021 16:39:24 4 8
bbc
Agree with you and the Scorer Andrew Zaltzman is becoming an unbearable listen as he bigs up his own minor part at EVERY opportunity
70
21/01/2021 16:19:01 2 0
bbc
Cricket Social was rubbish.
80
21/01/2021 16:40:32 1 0
bbc
Think that is what he says as prefers TMS to The Social.
60
21/01/2021 14:55:15 6 1
bbc
If you pay your licence fee you're paying 40 pence per day.

If you're not getting quality return for that, then stop paying it.

You don't have to pay it. Just don't use BBC services.
81
21/01/2021 16:43:18 1 4
bbc
You can't stop paying the licence fee..............that is the issue.
BBC spends millions on "talent", period dramas, cooking shows but decided to throw cricket under the bus around the year 2000.
Barbara Slater's view of sport is almost non-existent.
97
21/01/2021 18:02:14 3 0
bbc
To be fair, the BBC did not "throw cricket under the bus around the year 2000"; the powers that be at the ECB wanted broadcasters - Channel 4 and Sky - to drag it kicking and screaming into the 21st century, hence the loss of the TV contract in 1998 and they were not invited to tender at its first renewal around 2001-2002.
78
21/01/2021 16:38:23 2 0
bbc
Tufnell and Vaughan have so the others are Sports writers whom it's their job. Yes waffle at times and actually forget to look up the info before commenting.

Then you find us folks on here passing comment.
82
21/01/2021 16:50:00 2 0
bbc
Tufnell and Vaughan are summarisers not commentators.
Vaughan predicted that Australia would beat India 4-0 in the recent test series !
84
21/01/2021 17:03:51 0 0
bbc
They do chip in with some commentry all be it little but at least there is some actual Been there, done that cricket knowledge as you say it's better than none.

Vaughan just being polite adding him in but as we know he just likes to stir it up.
23
21/01/2021 11:45:44 36 1
bbc
You're doing a brilliant job. Also really enjoyed the ABC coverage of Aus v India
83
21/01/2021 16:59:11 13 3
bbc
Yes, the ABC broadcasts were excellent Love Jim Maxwell!
99
21/01/2021 18:06:04 7 0
bbc
Hear hear, re Maxwell. One of what Aggers used to call "The Four Amigos", along with Bryan Waddle and the late Tony Cozier; four solely radio commentators for the game.
82
21/01/2021 16:50:00 2 0
bbc
Tufnell and Vaughan are summarisers not commentators.
Vaughan predicted that Australia would beat India 4-0 in the recent test series !
84
21/01/2021 17:03:51 0 0
bbc
They do chip in with some commentry all be it little but at least there is some actual Been there, done that cricket knowledge as you say it's better than none.

Vaughan just being polite adding him in but as we know he just likes to stir it up.
85
21/01/2021 17:13:03 12 0
bbc
I was never really interested in Cricket until I discovered Aggers and the TMS team on BBC radio... I now eagerly await test cricket to hear the passion, knowledge, jokes, as well as broadcasting highs and lows! To hear the efforts gone to by the whole production team to deliver such a seamless and quality show during these crazy times really does make me thankful to them all. Well done!
86
21/01/2021 17:31:02 3 1
bbc
Yes. No Brent this time.
65
21/01/2021 15:44:01 27 1
bbc
Where to send the cake? Sponge to Salford? Battenburg or Black Forest to the Belvoir? Eclairs for Eleanor? Gateau to Galle for Angelo? Kebab to Kenninigton Oval for Tuffers!
87
21/01/2021 17:33:05 8 0
bbc
Send the cakes to me. I'll see they go where they should...
102
21/01/2021 18:18:34 0 0
bbc
To Belly land ??.
118
21/01/2021 19:07:27 1 1
bbc
Down your gullet does NOT count as "where they should" !
88
21/01/2021 17:34:53 3 0
bbc
My concern that in order to ensure the TMS team would continue to enjoy invitations to warm exotic counties during future tours the commentators would make a complete self-sabotaging hash of it proved largely misplaced.......
76
21/01/2021 16:35:58 4 18
bbc
I besides Aggers, none of the present commentators have played at the top level or at the test grounds, that's why they waffle. To fill in they constantly call on the scorer to give them some total uninteresting fact so they got something to talk about. Perhaps they should call it Stats Match Special.
89
21/01/2021 17:41:23 4 2
bbc
Simon Mann is a fabulous broadcaster. He's been at cricket grounds commentating for the last 20+ years, is hugely knowledgeable, calm and asks the experts questions that lead to insightful answers. Commentating takes a lot of skill and it's common across all sports (football, tennis, etc) to have specialist commentators separate from expert summarisers.
75
21/01/2021 16:34:38 6 13
bbc
What a shame you cannot shut Zaltzman up. He is becoming ridiculous with stupid statistics along the lines of this is only the 7th time on a Wednesday in January in Sri Lanka someone has taken 3 wickets on this ground. Bill Frindall never used to quote stupid stats
90
21/01/2021 17:44:01 7 2
bbc
Crickey, he is an actual comedian and is doing a great job - most people are drawn to cricket as it is whimsically arcane; I feel his obscure stats are very much in the lighthearted spirit of TMS.
113
21/01/2021 18:56:35 1 2
bbc
Agreed yes his stats are brilliant for the pub (once they re open) bores
75
21/01/2021 16:34:38 6 13
bbc
What a shame you cannot shut Zaltzman up. He is becoming ridiculous with stupid statistics along the lines of this is only the 7th time on a Wednesday in January in Sri Lanka someone has taken 3 wickets on this ground. Bill Frindall never used to quote stupid stats
91
21/01/2021 17:44:01 4 2
bbc
Zalt's a genius - his more esoteric stats are fun and intended to lighten the mood. Which I think they do. When it comes to more normal stats (partnerships, half centuries, 5-fors, etc) he is on the money. As good as Frindall was at that side of the job.
114
21/01/2021 18:56:56 2 2
bbc
He is far from a genius
92
21/01/2021 17:49:31 8 0
bbc
Well I for one congratulate all involved. To lie in my comfortable bed with 2 quilts listening to TMS is what make this sad time a happy time.. It takes me back to all those years of listening to Ashes battles in the early morn to the victory in the gloom in India.. TMS has been the greatest constant in my life through my 59 years. Long may it continue.. and thank you..
93
21/01/2021 17:55:27 4 1
bbc
It was all done so well I didn't know they weren't in Sri Lanka until Aggers mentioned it.
I don't wish to be patronising, but Well Done.
(Also, only the BBC would put this amount of time and effort into what is after all, a niche event)
98
21/01/2021 18:02:25 4 0
bbc
Cricket is hardly a niche event
54
21/01/2021 14:23:59 3 9
bbc
Why? They were perfectly ok commentating from home? Don't get the preoccupation with "being there", especially when there are no supporters allowed to attend (ie zero atmosphere).
As a licence fee payer it annoys me to see the BBC chucking money around on foreign travel when it's unnecessary, when the rest of us are making ends meet.
94
21/01/2021 17:56:39 1 0
bbc
When it comes to sporting events, in normal circumstances, foreign travel is not unnecessary and for an event like the Ashes in Australia, UK broadcasters must be on site.
72
21/01/2021 16:22:49 7 7
bbc
Very much agree with you, Greenleader.
The score and each batsman's total should be broadcast at least once an over....if not more.
Many a time have switched on TMS and have had to wait 4 or 5 overs before knowing the score.
The bowling figures are now deemed not important and the field settings hardly ever mentioned.
Enjoy it, of course, but not a patch on what it used to be.
95
21/01/2021 18:01:22 3 0
bbc
The world will come to an end before people stop saying, "TMS isnt what it was."
Sorry CG, but I get your point.
Switching on at 8.00 this week I got bored waiting for the score and went on the web. But I hadn't had my first coffee of the day....
96
21/01/2021 18:01:36 2 2
bbc
You say relying on TV pictures severely limits the commentator but, I know for a fact, without those pictures your analysis of the actual match (not the general waffle...) would be severely limited.
81
21/01/2021 16:43:18 1 4
bbc
You can't stop paying the licence fee..............that is the issue.
BBC spends millions on "talent", period dramas, cooking shows but decided to throw cricket under the bus around the year 2000.
Barbara Slater's view of sport is almost non-existent.
97
21/01/2021 18:02:14 3 0
bbc
To be fair, the BBC did not "throw cricket under the bus around the year 2000"; the powers that be at the ECB wanted broadcasters - Channel 4 and Sky - to drag it kicking and screaming into the 21st century, hence the loss of the TV contract in 1998 and they were not invited to tender at its first renewal around 2001-2002.
104
21/01/2021 18:22:45 0 0
bbc
I'd also add that prior to Sky etc the BBC didn't cover away tests on TV except for short highlights
93
21/01/2021 17:55:27 4 1
bbc
It was all done so well I didn't know they weren't in Sri Lanka until Aggers mentioned it.
I don't wish to be patronising, but Well Done.
(Also, only the BBC would put this amount of time and effort into what is after all, a niche event)
98
21/01/2021 18:02:25 4 0
bbc
Cricket is hardly a niche event
83
21/01/2021 16:59:11 13 3
bbc
Yes, the ABC broadcasts were excellent Love Jim Maxwell!
99
21/01/2021 18:06:04 7 0
bbc
Hear hear, re Maxwell. One of what Aggers used to call "The Four Amigos", along with Bryan Waddle and the late Tony Cozier; four solely radio commentators for the game.
100
21/01/2021 18:17:02 6 0
bbc
Brilliant contributions from everyone. Great dynamic in the team, led with aplomb by Aggers.

With ZERO f-t-a highlights, we need TMS more than ever.