The Ashes: It’s All About the Urn: England vs. Australia: ultimate cricket …



Graeme Swann leads us on a compelling adventure through one of world sport’s most engrossing rivalries. He knows as much as anybody about the heat of England v Australia battles, having played in three series wins and also the whitewash defeat of 2013-14 when its intensity ended his international career. From Grace to Sir Don, the most graceful of them all. From the foulest play to the fairest – contrast the 1932-33 Bodyline series affair to the image of Andrew Flintoff hunched over a…

The Real Peaky Blinders: Billy Kimber, the Birmingham Gang and the Racecour…



Stylish and dark, the BBC series the ‘Peaky Blinders’ is set in the backstreets of Birmingham after the First World War and tells of the rise to power of Thomas Shelby and his criminal gang. Yet the real stories behind these fictional characters are just as dramatic, bloody and compelling as the TV series. Thomas Shelby’s arch enemy Billy Kimber was in real life a Brummie from Summer Lane. He was a feared fighter with an astute mind and magnetic personality which earned him the leadership of…