Autumn is traditionally my busiest time of the year and 2019 has been no different. I’ve worked on BT Sport’s Champions League highlights shows every 2 (or 3) weeks, provided voiceover for UEFA’s Europa League coverage at Input Media and also worked on my now regular gig providing scripts and voiceovers for preview features on the European qualifiers at IMG. It’s good fun now I’ve got the hang of it, although it does involve a few late nights. I can’t preview a game on the Monday until the teams involved have played on the Thursday evening – but those scripts have to be delivered by Friday morning! Of course, it’s not really that tough…
An extra booking I really enjoyed in October was working on IMG’s Rugby World Cup Preview Show for the governing body. This was a daily news and features show, produced by Danny Prior and his team. Despite the tight schedule it was a really good product, although all I did was tidy up the script and add the VO so I can’t claim much credit. Working on it was a decent consolation for not being in Japan!
As well as all that, I’ve worked as a commentator and reporter on Premiership rugby for BT Sport, Channel 5 and News UK. I’ve also done a little VO for ITV and even less basketball commentary for IMG.
I spent a month in Paris working on the Women’s World Cup for HBS. I was producing, scripting and voicing preview features, so my knowledge of the teams and players grew reasonably quickly.
The tournament was clearly a major breakthrough for the women’s game, but perhaps the biggest compliment I can pay was that it felt no different to any other major competition I’ve worked on. For instance, I saw two games at Parc des Princes – South Africa v China, which was terrible, and Scotland v Argentina, which was dramatic, controversial and extremely entertaining. So, a mixed bag – just like a men’s World Cup.
Here’s an edit of some of the features I produced. It was good to be involved with the whole process, rather than just adding the voice at the end.
At the start of the year, I kept myself busy with my usual bookings – EFL Highlights for Quest at IMG, Premiership and European rugby for Channel 5, BT Sport and News UK and a relatively new gig, working on Serie A Highlights. As soon as the football season ended, I spent the rest of May voicing County Cricket highlights for the ECB.