• Will have input from family, ex-golfers and celebs
• Hour-long programme will air at 7pm next Wednesday
On the eve of the 144th Open Championship at St Andrews, BBC Two is putting on a celebration of the unmistakable ‘voice of golf’, Peter Alliss, looking into the man behind the microphone.
Renowned for his charismatic and unique style of commentary, Alliss, 84, was also one of the top golfers of his era, notching up 21 professional wins while also quietly raised millions for his wheelchair charity.
The hour-long programme, from 7pm-8pm on Wednesday, July 15, will contain anecdotes from the world of golf, as celebrities and family members give an insight into Alliss and illustrate what makes him so distinctive.
Contributors include Alliss’ wife Jackie, Tom Watson, Gary Lineker, Sir Terry Wogan, Chris Evans, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Darren Clarke, Jimmy Tarbuck, Gary Player, Hazel Irvine and Steve Rider. The programme is narrated by Sue Johnston.
There’s also a chance to relive top moments from Peter’s popular programmes such as Pro-Celebrity golf, A Round With Alliss and A Golfer's Travels.
Alliss was a familiar figure on the BBC before setting the tone for golf coverage worldwide, and his voice has since become iconic in the world of sports commentary.
Earlier this year, Peter Alliss attacked the BBC for losing its coverage of the Open Championship to Sky Sports from 2017. The R&A agreed a multi-million pound deal with the satellite broadcaster earlier this year, a move which caused ‘great sadness’ for the commentator.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “Hand on heart, I can’t not criticise the BBC. They are far and away the R&A’s biggest television client, so why haven’t they said to them: ‘You know, we’re struggling against the financial might of Sky but why don’t we also cover some of the other events you run, like the Amateur Championship and the Boys Championship and the Walker Cup?’”
Peter Alliss :: The Voice of Golf
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