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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wisden (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408158744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408158746
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Any sofa-sprawler remotely interested in his obvious passion will find the wit, charm and sheer effervescence of Kelner's writing - as well as some brazenly boggling revelations - demand that it is 2012's sports book of the year, whether officially crowned or not' -- Frank Keating Observer

'A characterful mix of well-observed insight, surprising nuggets of obscure facts and brilliant moments of prose comedy' -- Metro

'Kelner's knowledge and research are impressive in this eclectic and erudite story' --Sunday Times

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Martin Kelner has written a weekly column about sport on TV for the last 12 years, most recently the popular Screen Break spot for the Guardian. He lives in Wakefield.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bantam Dave TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
As much as I would have loved to have attended one of the events at this year's Olympic Games I'm fairly sure that had I have done so I wouldn't have had a better seat than the one I actually had - my comfy armchair in front of the TV at home. Not only that, thanks to the BBC I could watch any event I chose, just by pressing a red button. The 2012 Olympics turned out to be a triumphant occasion but it surely also offered the armchair viewer the ultimate in sports coverage as, at times, as many as 24 different programmes were being screened. British TV sports coverage has certainly come a long way from its first attempt in 1937 when coverage of Wimbledon was screened to about 2000 viewers. This fascinating book traces the rise and rise of televised sport from these early days and also speculates on where TV sport will go from here.

Martin Kelner does a wonderful job of guiding the reader through the history of TV sport, explaining how sport has turned from being almost an afterthought into being the bedrock on which satellite TV was built. He has obviously done his research well because the book just about touches upon everything anything of any relevance on the subject. Kelner is also a very funny writer which means that the book is always a joy to read but I particularly enjoyed the sections about the pioneering years of TV sport and the people behind them and being reminded about those much missed programmes, Grandstand and ITV's cheap & cheerful version, World of Sport.

I find it hard to fault this book. Martin Kelner is practically a cult figure in the North of England due to his radio shows and many others slavishly read his Guardian column, Screen Break, and I'm sure that this book will disappoint none of them; I just hope that non-Kelner devotees will read it as well.

The book is published by Wisden Sports Writing whose remit is "to showcase brilliant writing". They have definitely succeeded in this with Sit Down and Cheer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Hall on 24 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
As a fan of Mr Kelner's unblemished punditry on shows like Fighting Talk and also as a fan of watching sport on TV I had to read this book. It's not a disappointment either. Stuffed full of information and interesting background detail it covers an era of TV sport which pretty much lines up with my own life time. My first memories of TV sport are in the black and white era of Grandstand, watching TV on what my mother refers to, without a trace of irony, as her nine inch Bush. Also watching World of Sport at my Nan's complete with the obligatory hour of grappling (Mick McManus and co, not me and my Nan). So the book evokes warm memories of my childhood, as well as memories of the sporting events mentioned in the book. There are some wonderful little nuggets of information to discover here.

To be honest I think watching sport in person is overrated. It's much better watched from your sofa, and Mr K describes how this boon to civilisation came about in interesting and often hilarious detail. He brings the story up to date, through the rise of Sky and now the dominance of betting funding the whole thing. And thank goodness for that. Sky Super Sunday would not be the same without regular breaks for a disembodied Ray Winstone to recommend us to 'ave a bang on something or other.

The only thing I would say is that the author probably hasn't publicised this work on social media enough. A few tweets recommending it to his followers could have got the word of mouth going. It would surely be at the top of the best seller lists by now.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By 1st time reviewer on 5 Jan. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
BBC Leeds and The Guardian must be mad! A brilliant book. Well worth purchasing. Martin Kelner is my favourite panelist on FT by some distance, and this book does nothing to change it.!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By philter66 on 13 Nov. 2012
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Just to say that i have just finished the book and thought it was a great read - takingthe humour that is so visible each week in Martin's Sport on TV Guardian column and adding the solid research and intellectual rigour (not normally associated with Martin - especially his pocasts) and you get a full and informed guide to how sport in this country developed from a Saturday betting attraction to a focal part of our television viewing - and reasoning to subscribe
In conclusion - Its a great read ,followwing the lives and times of several sports commentators whom i grew up, with delivered in a sharply written and very funny prose
Thanks MK
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Marczak TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2013
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I purchased this book with the expectation that it would be full of gags from newspaper articles, radio shows and blogs; a compilation of Kelner's finest works, along with reworkings of Fighting Talk greatest hits. I was totally surprised to find myself reading an original work of great depth, insight and humour.

Most people who come across this book will know Martin Kelner from BBC Radio's Fighting Talk, and FT cronies pop up throughout the book, but its clear that this is more than a cobbled together job. Kelner has spent time with former TV executives, commentators, bystanders and decision makers to give a full account of how TV changed the way we view sport.

Understandably, the majority of the book is devoted to football, as we hear about the rivalries between ITV and BBC, Motson and Davies, Coleman and pretty much everyone, and we are reminded of the greatness of the likes of Frank Bough and Jimmy Hill, before "other things" overshadowed them.

There is much love and attention granted, copious amounts of research and references given, and I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the time before Sky took over everything.
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